Earlier this month, Microsoft unveiled Cortana, its personal voice assistant for mobile devices that would look to take on Apple’s Siri. Voice detection has become a powerful tool for companies looking to draw in customers with futuristic technologies, but often these services are only good for a few uses, so if you are craving a specialised dictation or voice to text app – here are some of our top choices.
Simple but effective, Dragon Dictation features a one button interface, which you tap to start dictating. Featuring a choice of 30 different languages or dialects, this free service is one of the most comprehensive apps around at the moment, learning about your speech patterns and intonation as you us the service.
Once the app has transcribed your speech, you can send it out via email or copy and paste to another application, as well as posting directly to Facebook and Twitter.
Similar in style to Dragon, ListNote focuses on your list of previous notes to learn about your speaking habits. To create a speech note, you tap on the large Speech Recognition button at the top of the app, then speak. Translated text quickly appears in the relevant space in a new Note section on the screen.
If the text wasn’t quite what you said, tap on the arrow icon near the text and select from a short list of other guesses. Alternatively, you can edit the text manually by long-pressing on it. Conveniently, the app lets you pause in midspeech and offers a Continue Speech button.
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