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Is Voice Control really so bad?

4914 Views 10 Replies Latest reply: Dec 31, 2010 1:53 PM by DainBramage1 RSS
Ian Lancaster Level 2 Level 2 (155 points)
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Oct 22, 2010 11:00 AM
I've migrated from B'Berry to iPhone 4. Love it, but... what's with Voice Control? I tried it today for the first time to dial from Contacts and it either reported "no match" or matched badly. I then tried vocing the number to dial, and that was hopeless - wrong digits all over the place.

Is there a way to improve this voice recognition feature? It will be very sad and a loss of usefulness if I can't use voice dialling while, eg, driving.

Thanks
Ian
MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • Dave Hutch Level 4 Level 4 (1,455 points)
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    Oct 22, 2010 11:12 AM (in response to Ian Lancaster)
    Seems to be. I just tried "Play song by Elvis Presley" and first got Elvis Costello, then it tried an odd 0845 number instead.
    I have Dragon Dictation and spoke the phrase "I'm testing this application to see if it recognises the phrase play songs by Elvis Presley" and it got it 100% correct (using Nuance's servers of course)
    Try Vlingo, it's free

    Obviously a long way to go
    I can only help one person each day...and today is not your day., ...tomorrow doesn't look good either!
  • Dave Hutch Level 4 Level 4 (1,455 points)
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    Oct 23, 2010 1:40 AM (in response to Ian Lancaster)
    It's on the App Store and there is a free version that allows calling, searching the web and finding directions.
    The paid version does texts and emails as well
    I can only help one person each day...and today is not your day., ...tomorrow doesn't look good either!
  • Dave Hutch Level 4 Level 4 (1,455 points)
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    Oct 23, 2010 9:13 AM (in response to Ian Lancaster)
    You can set it to auto listen on open which cuts down the number of presses, it will then auto-dial as long as you're happy with it's choice.
    One press to open the app is all that's required to make a call
    I can only help one person each day...and today is not your day., ...tomorrow doesn't look good either!
  • rashields Calculating status...
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    Nov 29, 2010 2:54 PM (in response to Ian Lancaster)
    Upgrade to 4.2.1. There was a bug in all previous versions of iOS4.
    (It only previously worked if you set the input language to English(United States) AND spoke with an american accent. But under 4.2.1 it seems to work OK at last with UK English.)
    iphone 3GS, iOS 4
  • Graham Outterside Level 4 Level 4 (2,910 points)
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    Nov 29, 2010 3:02 PM (in response to Dave Hutch)
    Dave Hutch wrote:
    and it got it 100% correct (using Nuance's servers of course)


    There is you answer - the processing power of a small handheld computer with a limited analysis and audio library in real time vs. the industry leader in audio processing probably using banks of computers, and 10? years experience working not in real time.
    iMac 27", MacBook Pro 15", iPhone 3GS, iPod Nano, Mac OS X (10.6.5), Time Capsule - just say no.
  • TRICKorDEVICE Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Dec 9, 2010 9:10 AM (in response to Graham Outterside)
    I think it is very accurate. The problem is that it is quite limited. I am hoping they expand it so that it can compare with Google's voice widget on the Android.
    Mac OS X (10.4.7)
  • DainBramage1 Calculating status...
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    Dec 31, 2010 1:53 PM (in response to Ian Lancaster)
    I just got upgraded to the iPhone 4 two weeks ago (from a 3G), but I think Voice Control is very accurate and very useful! Someone suggested that the bugs were fixed in iOS 4.2.1, which is what I'm on, so that might be one answer. Also, you may find it to be more accurate using a headset (either wired or bluetooth).

    A couple things I'd like it to be able to do: a) play a specific song, and b) play a specific genre. A guy at the Apple store told me you can specify artist and song, but I haven't had any luck so far. Anyone know what the command for that is?

    Regarding other dialing apps, the one that I found to require the least screen input was Voice This. It's free, and once the app is open, you can hold the phone to your ear and speak the name you want it to dial.

    Hope that helps!
    iPhone 4 32GB (with iOS 4.2.1), Windows XP Pro, iTunes 10.x

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