One feature of Android I haven’t seen hyped much is voice input, which was introduced in 2.1. This was mentioned at Google IO during one of the keynotes, and I remember thinking “that’s pretty freaking cool.”
Maybe I don’t read the right coverage, or maybe it’s totally yesterday’s news (not literally, but kind of funny considering this weeks’ announcements).
Anyway, this is one cool feature that the iPhone doesn’t offer natively. Some apps, like the Google app, support voice input, but Android builds it right into the keypad, making it available to all apps.
It’s easy to miss, but there’s a microphone icon right down there next to the comma key.
Touch that key, and you’ll get the Speak now prompt. I’ve tested this for search fields and for input fields, and it’s reasonably accurate. I even tried composing an email, and its transcription accuracy was probably 70-80%. Not bad.
Now, I’ve got to train myself to use it and undo my learned iPhone behavior.
In related news, Google has turned on some voice features for several other countries and languages.
Have you used this feature? Do you think it’s useful?
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