Most modern smartphones natively integrates a voice recognition feature. A practical "hands-free" feature that has multiple uses:
- search for contacts,
- dictating memos and notes,
- share articles on social networks.
- make a search on the internet.
Learn how to make an optimal use of the speech recognition possibilities of Android and iOS.
- Windows Phone natively includes a voice recognition feature (called "Speech) based on simple commands that allow you to perform various tasks.
- Press and hold the Window button for a couple of seconds to enable this feature.
- Go to Settings > Voice, to enable the dictation feature. You can also configure your smartphone to automatically read incoming SMS (when headset is connected).
- When you install new applications, they will add their own commands to those already present.
- Sometimes you will see a microphone icon in certain text fields, as it is the case for Bing search. **Tap on this icon to switch to switch to speech recognition mode.
- To get an idea of all the commands available on your Windows Phone, access the wizard by pressing the Windows button for a couple of seconds and then press the question mark button.
Since the last update ("Ice Cream Sandwich"), voice recognition on Android has been significantly improved: it is possible to visualize the texts that appear on the screen in real time and this feature has been extended to many compatible applications.
Some Android apps (built-in or downloadable) take advantage of speech recognition to perform various tasks:
- Google Voice Search: This application allows users to perform searches on their smartphone or internet using voice commanda(e.g keywords, search for nearby places if the GPS is enabled).
- Vlingo (on Android): This application allows you to dictate text messages, set an alarm, publish updates on Twitter and Facebook, get directions, take notes, etc..
- Notepad Voice Memo: an application for taking notes
- Notepad Voice Memo : a professional application to create to-do list.
Siri is an intelligent personal assistant launched in 2011 and is compatible with all Apple smartphones as from the iPhone 4S.
It is based on three combined technologies
- Advanced speech recognition,
- Natural language processing (recognition of complex statements. For example: "Is there an Italian restaurant in the area"?)
- Speech synthesis: the assistant answers to user queries.
Here are some examples of possible actions that can be initiated with Siri:
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- looking for information about your contacts (address, phone number, etc..)
- alarm configuration
- sending messages (SMS, e-mails)
- initiate telephone calls,
- voice search for nearby places: restaurants, museums, ATMs etc.
- publish messages (update status) on Facebook and Twitter.
- get directions .
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