Writing is tricky. It can be tough to find the right sequence of words to convey your thoughts and ideas. A sentence might make sense as you type it out, but reading it out loud can be a different story. To improve your writing, make sure it sounds good when read aloud.
Amazon Echo and other Alexa-powered devices could previously reorder items that you had already bought on Amazon, but you can now ask the virtual assistant to order pretty much anything that’s available through Amazon Prime.
Google Now offers a wide range of voice commands designed to work with your natural language, but it can help to know exactly what the virtual assistant is capable of understanding. That’s where OK Google comes in—it’s a growing, searchable list of every known Google Now command.
Voice recognition is getting better, and it's increasingly being used for more than just reminders and email. But can you use it to help you code? Maybe. The loquacious coders at Stack Exchange chime in.
When you have that brilliant stroke of genius, you want to write it down as soon as possible. When opening your note taking app just seems too slow, you can actually use Google's Voice Actions to "jot" something down instantaneously.
Ever feel like cooking would be a lot easier if you just had four or five hands? If you're prone to using your gadgets as a personal sous-chef (as I am), here's a tip that may help: use voice search.
Android: Dragon Mobile Assistant, released two months ago in beta, has a great feature set as a personal assistant app, and the latest update adds even more capabilities. Now you can use the app to launch other apps, set alarms, and play music just by speaking. In addition, you no longer need ICS to run it.
Siri can be great for hands-free use of your phone, but a recent experiment by Apple Analyst Gene Munster shows that if you can use your hands, you're better off just typing your search into Google.
iOS: The latest iPad received a global voice recognition feature for us in any app and the iPhone 4S, of course, has Siri. While there is no shortage of apps that translate your voice into the written word, most are limited by a few functions. Voice Assistant, on the other hand, will send the text it translates to…
While Android has a pretty great voice search system built-in, Dragon Go kicks it up a notch, with impeccable speech recognition skills and by automatically detecting what you're searching for and taking you to the correct web page.
Siri, the iPhone 4S voice recognition assistant, is very useful! But if you've got a low-level data plan—say, AT&T's where you get 200MB/month—you should be careful. Ars Technica ran some tests and found that if you use it 10-15 times a day, you're going to use about 27MB a month.
Trying to text your friend about your #$%&ing frustrations only results in more #$%&ing frustration, since Android blocks swear words from all voice commands. Here's how to turn that annoying feature off.
We often have the tendency to talk slowly and robotic when using voice recognition apps, but you'll get better results if you speak more naturally. Lifehacker alum Kevin Purdy over at Fast Company explains:
iPhone/iPod touch/iPad: Although we already have voice search with Google and Bing on our mobile phones, Dragon Go!, an update to previously mentioned Dragon Search, yields more relevant search results instantaneously. Say a restaurant name and the app will intuitively bring up Yelp results, say "weather" plus a city…
Android/iOS: If having your voicemail transcribed, emailed, and available for visual review is the most appealing aspect of Google Voice, you might consider Yap Voicemail. It's free on Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile, it might do speech-to-text better than Google Voice, and pretty much anyone can set it up in 2 minutes.
If you own an iPhone, chances are you genuinely prefer the feature set of iOS to Android, but that doesn't mean you wouldn't appreciate having access to some of Android's best features. This guide walks through setting up the best of both worlds.
If you a hear a word in regular conversation that you don't know, it can be hard to look it up if you don't know how to spell it. Instead, just throw it at Google Voice Search to get an accurate definition.
Chrome only: Got a microphone? Got a knack for talking faster than you type? Even if you don't, you might enjoy trying out Voice Search, an experimental Chrome add-on that uses your voice as text input, just like on Android.
Android only: SMS Popup gives you the best of both smartphone worlds—the immediacy of the iPhone's pop-up SMS notifications, but with the utility of being able to reply with preset messages, your voice, or text, all from a small window.
Many people feel speech recognition isn't good enough for every day use, but several devotees couldn't live without it. If you're looking to start using speech recognition, tech guy David Pogue has some tips to make it more effective.