If you’ve ever asked Google Voice Search to set a timer for you, you may have been frustrated to see that rather than actually setting a timer, it would set an alarm. This has always been somewhat of a curious frustration, as the stock Android clock (and many OEM offerings) offer native timer functionality. This behavior isn’t just strange; it’s also inconvenient. For example, the Clock app’s timer functionality displays its countdown in the notification shade, whereas the alarm function only displays upcoming alarms. Moreover, the timer allows for second (rather than minute) precision.
Thankfully, Google has now implemented a Voice Search backend update that enables timer support through the stock Google clock, as well as the stock clocks in various OEM skins such as HTC Sense. Since the feature was enabled via a backend update, there’s nothing that you have to update locally in order for the timer to work. Simply say “set a timer for xxx minutes (optionally: and xxx seconds),” and a timer will be created.
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