I Love Android Gesture Typing, Voice Recognition Not So Much

Android keyboardI was not a fan of keyboard provider Swype (now part of Nuance) when it came to market several years ago. But since the “gesture typing” capability has been integrated into the keyboard of newer Android devices I must say — I love it.

In fact it’s often a lot more effective and efficient than Google’s speech recognition.

I own a variety of Android devices of various ages — my old HTC EVO now looks like a dinosaur compared to the Nexus 4. I also own and use an iPhone 4S as my primary phone. I didn’t upgrade because I didn’t like the “tall” design of iPhone 5.

I use the iPhone when I’m out. But when I’m at home or at the office I’m typically on the Nexus 4 or Nexus 7 on WiFi. I like the larger screen sizes and the keyboard.

For the past several months I’ve been casually testing the iPhone’s speech recognition against Android’s/Google’s. Google does fine for short statements, queries and messages. However it really breaks down if you “just talk.”

The iPhone/Nuance does a much (capital M) better job with longer statements and dictation. However the iPhone keyboard lacks gesture typing, which I now find to be a flaw.

There are times when voice isn’t working or impractical and the keying of individual letters on the iPhone is now considerably slower for me than “swiping.” In fact the experience of gesture typing on the Android keyboard is so good I’ve almost entirely abandoned Google’s voice recognition except in limited circumstances.

I’m interested to hear your thoughts and experiences in these areas.

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One Response to “I Love Android Gesture Typing, Voice Recognition Not So Much”

  1. Sol Orwell says at

    Hated it on my Nexus S as it couldn’t keep up.

    *Love* it on Nexus 4 – it’s fantastic. And I don’t know why, but it seems the predictive filtering is turned off (eg curse words).

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