Since the announcement of the iPhone 4S and Siri, there have been many attempts to bring out similar apps for other devices. However, most of them have failed and the ones that worked, are not so good overall. We’ve already talked about certain Siri alternatives for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and also for Android devices. Yet, new apps are still trying to be the next Siri. This one isnt’ like Siri, nor does it respond to your witty questions, but it does something quite useful.
Text by Voice is a free Android app that lets you Send text messages using your voice and also reads out incoming text messages out loud. It’s pretty useful when you’re driving or don’t want to use the keyboard to send a text message. Although, this is the only thing that this app can do, it’s actually very good at it. Unlike other apps that claim to do it all, this one is awesome at just this, sending and reading text messages.
Text by Voice allows you to safely text while you drive entirely through voice. There’s no need to touch or look at the screen at all. Text by Voice will automatically read incoming text messages aloud and give you a chance to respond. You can also set an auto responder for incoming text messages, and have Text by Voice start automatically when you start driving. Text by Voice lets you compose texts on the fly. It runs in the background so you can use other apps at the same time. Drive more safely with Text by Voice.
It’s definitely not a Siri replacement or alternative, but it works. Watch the demonstration video after the break.
I’m sure you’ve heard and watched a lot of videos of Siri, the personal assistant for the iPhone 4S. It is amazing and like no other voice recognition software out there. I’ve already shared almost all the things that you can ask Siri and now, here’s a post on what commands can be used for Siri dictation.
Siri also has the ability to convert everything you speak into text, and it is very accurate depending on your accent. You can dictate a message, write notes, emails or anything without even using the keyboard. To help the task of Siri dictation easier for you, Jim Rhoades of Crush Apps has come up with a complete list of commands that you can use.
To activate Siri dictation, just hold the Mic button on the keyboard and start speaking. Using the list below, you can add a lot more to your text than just words and letters. Hopefully, we’ll have a working port of Siri on iPhone 4 or iOS 5 devices and try this too.
Say this …
… to do this
move to the next line (like pressing “Return” on a keyboard)
to start a new paragraph
to capitalize the next wordFor example, saying: I named my pet pig cap bacon
produces the text: I named my pet pig Bacon
(interestingly, if you say “Kevin Bacon”, Bacon is automatically capitalized for you)
caps on … caps off
to capitalize a section of textFor example, saying: caps on twenty five ways to eat bacon caps off
produces the text: 25 Ways to Eat Bacon
to make the next word all uppercaseFor example, saying: I am hungry feed me all caps now please
produces the text: I am hungry feed me NOW please
all caps on … all caps off
to make part of what you say uppercaseFor example, saying: I am hungry all caps on feed me now all caps off please
produces the text: I am hungry FEED ME NOW please
to make the next word lowercaseFor example, saying: I like no caps Mike
produces the text: I like mike
no caps on … no caps off
to make sure part of what you say is all lowercaseFor example, saying: Our friends no caps on Steve and Tina no caps off live in California
produces the text: Our friends steve and tina live in California
to prevent a hyphen from appearing in a normally hyphenated wordFor example, saying: This restaurant is first space bar class
prevents first-class from being hyphenated, and produces the text: This restaurant is first class
to prevent a space between wordsFor example, saying: This is the best no space tasting bacon ever
produces the text: This is the besttasting bacon ever
no space on … no space off
to prevent a section of text from having spaces between wordsFor example, saying: This is no space on the best tasting bacon no space off ever
produces the text: This is thebesttastingbacon ever
“period” or “full stop”
to place a “.” at the end of a sentence
.For example, saying: The dot number pi is three dot one four
produces the text: The.number pi is 3.14
(note the subtle difference between saying point and dot… dotworks between words)
.For example, saying: The point number pi is three point one four
produces the text: The point number pi 3.14
(note the subtle difference between saying point and dot… dotworks between words)
“ellipsis” or “dot dot dot”
“quote” or “quotation mark”
”(although, if you need to place some text within quotation marks, using the “quote … end quote” commands may be more accurate)
quote … end quote
to place quotes around a section of textFor example, saying: She said quote see you next week end quote
produces the text: She said “see you next week”
‘(although in many cases, apostrophes are automatically inserted, like when saying Sam’s new iPhone)
inverted exclamation point
inverted question mark
-For example, saying: This dash is dash my dash cheese
produces the text: This – is – my – cheese
(note the difference in spacing between this and when sayinghyphen)
-For example, saying: This hyphen is hyphen my hyphen cheese
produces the text: This-is-my-cheese
(note the difference in spacing between this and when sayingdash)
Some more interesting news regarding the Siri port to iPhone 4, well this is even better. Earlier, we had told you about a certain project that’s main goal is to make Siri, the iPhone 4S personal assistant, work on the iPhone 4. However, it was not very successfully since there was no way to connect to the Apple servers and Apple for sure wouldn’t let that happen. But, new reports and information has risen on another Siri port project that happens to work on any iDevice running iOS 5 and does connect to Apple’s servers, no problem.
Developer Jack (@Jackoplane ) has been working on this from quite some time and has now confirmed that Siri on iOS 5 will be available soon to everyone. When I say soon, I don’t mean next 2-3 days, it could be a week or even a month. Jack has managed to make Siri work on iOS 5 without any problems, lags or bugs, but he’s worried about the distribution part. He can’t obviously make it public as Apple is bound to take the tweak down. So, that’s why he’s working on a delivery method and has asked every one to wait.
Siri, is Apple’s greatest feat yet, it is even more magical than anything magic. You can say/ask a lot of things to Siri and it will reply as though it was another human being. It has a sense of humor, a slight attitude and respect. It is currently the most advanced Voice recognition software on the planet, but there are alternatives and apps for Android that work similar to this.
Running Siri on iOS 5 is pretty easy, according to Jack, but we are still not sure if it will work on all iOS 5 devices. This tweak needs Cydia and that means that you’ll have to JAILBREAK your device to have this working. You can see a screenshot of Siri working on iPhone 4 below and in the background you can also see the Cydia icon.
How many of you want Siri on your iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPod Touch, iPad and iPad 2? This could also be a hoax. We’ll find out soon.
Siri, the personal assistant on the iPhone 4S is the next big development in mobile technology. We have to agree to that, but it’s not limited to the iPhone 4S alone. I recently posted on how the iPhone 4 can also run the elusive personal assistant and I also gave some Siri alternatives for the iPhone 3GS and 4. Of course, Android users may have been wondering when they’re going to get something as awesome as Siri, well, they already have.
Speaktoit is an Android app that works exactly like Siri, if not better, and can understand what you say to it. It’s also really smart and has an avatar or a face. This app is the best Siri alternative for Android, and I’m sure it’ll make all you guys happy. The personal assistant works really well, which you can see in a video later on. For now, let’s talk about what Speaktoit is and can do.
The Speaktoit Assistant is a virtual buddy for your smartphone that answers questions in natural language, performs tasks, and notifies you about important events. The Assistant saves you time and makes communication with gadgets and web services easier and less stressful.
That should answer most of your questions, but I’m sure it doesn’t. Siri has taken the mobile market by storm and it’s certainly going to revolutionize how we use our mobile device, but should Android users be left behind? No. Hence, if you happen to be one, then head over to the Android Market and download Speaktoit right now. It’s a free app. And how is it similar to Siri?
You can have a conversation with Speaktoit in your natural voice. And most probably it’ll understand.
You can ask it to send emails, texts, look up information, post to Twitter, check you in places, update your Facebook, find news, look up traffic, look up weather, call people, take notes, add things to your calendar, translate foreign languages, help you find nearby places like bars and much much more.
You can add a custom Avatar or choose from the ones provided. It’s like talking to a person, only it’s a cartoon character and has a robotic voice, but whatever. It’s still pretty awesome.
Changes and improvements keep happening based on user suggestions.
Check out the demo video now;
Speaktoit app will soon be available for iOS and Blackberry too, so if you’ve been looking for a Siri alternative, this is the best one out there, yet. You can download Speaktoit for Android from the Android Market.
Voice Recognition is a feature that hasn’t been perfected yet, but every smartphone manufacturer is trying to improve it every day. Google’s voice recognition is pretty wonderful and quite accurate if you’re not a heavy breather and speak fluent English. Recently, there was this Apple Patent that was all about the text-to-speech and speech-to-text capabilities and Voice related developments for iOS and iOS devices. There isn’t any real such feature in the new iOS 5 either, but reports have suggested that there might be. For now, if you’re eager to check out Speech-to-text on your iOS device, then this Cydia App will make it happen.
VoiceKeys is a free Cydia app that brings voice recognition to native iOS apps such as Messages, Notes and anything that might require you to type. It’s actually pretty good and adds a new VoiceKeys button to the usual shortcuts that appear when you tap on the screen to type. It uses Google’s Voice Recognition engine, hence an internet connection is required and also some pretty good speaking skills. You’ll have to speak word by word for the app to understand what you’re saying. I played around with it for a bit and also tried speaking punctuation marks, when things got really interesting.
This app actually converts punctuation to text, which is quite impressive, well, I din’t know that Google Voice could do that. Wonderful in short. If you speak slowly, the voice will be converted to text and that too proper words, not some gibberish. You can download and install this on your jailbroken iOS device from the Big Boss Repo. It doesn’t weigh much, so it’ll just take some seconds to install.
It’s a very useful app if you’re one of those who like to take the easier and lazier route towards everything. Instead of typing words, you can just speak it out slowly and then hit the Recognize button. Yes, after you select VoiceKeys, a pop-up appears that says ‘recording voice’, and you’ll have to hit the Recognize button for it to stop and start doing its thing.
Do try out VoiceKeys and let us know what you think of it.