July 29, 2009 | by Andrew Kameka
A group of United States senators are in a tiffy about drivers who send text messages while driving. They say it leads to driver distraction and traffic accidents, which has inevitably led to lawmakers working to ban texting-while-driving. Save these distinguished gentlemen the trouble and just use the Voice Text Android application.
Voice Text turns any Android device into a dictation machine using Android’s voice recognition software. The main portion of the app transcribes short messages into text for almost-eye-free texting. Speak into the phone and your comments will be converted into an SMS message.
Oh, and did I mention that it works Android-wide? Voice Text will turn your words into text in Gmail, notepads, Twitter apps, and practically any app that accepts an input method.
I don’t want to oversell Voice Text’s virtues because you will experience errors and there is a learning curve in getting your point across for transcribing. However, Voice Text’s usefulness increases with a little practice. The app enables users to make eyes-free communication in various apps and will probably be useful to slow-typing Android supporters or drivers who need to communicate.
Again, there will be errors, but the app comes with tips to improve accuracy. Enunciation and pace are a must! Also be conscious that some myTouch 3g users report being unable to use the app. Try out Voice Text to see if it’s worth using.
App: Voice Text
How to Set-Up Voice Text in Other Android Apps
- Press Menu > Settings > “Locale & text”
- Check the “Voice Text” button to enable the app
- Open an Android app and long press on the input field (where you usually enter text)
- Press “Input Method” and select “Voice Text”
- Tap the input field once more and press “Start” to begin
- Record your message and press back once you are satisfied with transcription
- Tap the Input field, tap your text and complete your message