I’m such a visual person that I actually like to write my thoughts down, but I can’t deny the allure of the time savings speech dictation can bring. And after using these apps, I may never use pen and paper again. If you are the creative type who just hates to sit at your desk and write or type, your solution is in this article. Inspiration doesn’t always happen at your desk, either, and while your Android can help you capture these ideas on the go, who enjoys typing on their phone?
Furthermore, if you are dyslexic, writing can seem a cumbersome chore, but it no longer has to. Even if you just have bad handwriting, and/or are slow at typing, speech to text apps make these problems a non-issue. Not all voice recognition apps are equal though—especially if you have a quiet voice or an accent. So which Android voice-to-text apps are the most accurate and have the best features?
Google Docs Voice Typing
Google Docs is an all-around fantastic app for writers, as you can access it from anywhere, collaboratively work with others, and format with ease. It is also more encompassing and accurate than say, Word, when it comes to the spell checking of online resources. The app also does well in terms of accurately deciphering spoken words, and offers the dictation feature in 43 different languages. In addition to the speech to text functionality all of these apps possess, Docs stands out by letting you add formatting, make selections, and navigate through the use of simple spoken phrases.
Download: Google Docs Voice Typing
Dragon Mobile Assistant/Dragon Anywhere
More accurate still, Dragon has earned its name in the game. It can help you save much time and ink. Even if you speak rapidly, the app keeps up, allowing you to speak and get work done much faster than you would ever type. For complete functionality and the most features, you can try Dragon Anywhere, but it will cost you after the free trial runs out.
Download: Dragon Mobile Assistant
Speechnotes—Speech to Text
Speechnotes prides itself in making voice typing efficient and easy—and rightfully so. The user interface is designed to reduce distractions (important, in the era of the Internet) and inspire creativity by mostly just focusing on the words you are speaking being transformed into text. Write as you are in the car (but don’t be a distracted driver) or walking around, via Bluetooth. The app also struck me as being pretty easy-going and non-invasive because no login or registration is required, and the app itself is free.
You can place the app/widget on your home screen and begin dictation with a simple tap. For the most immersive writing experience, you can dictate and type simultaneously. Apply punctuation by voice or keyboard. Speechnotes also offers emojis and custom key setup. It was a shoo-in as one of the best speech to text apps for writers.
Voice to Text – Text to Speech
Not yet widely used, this one was somewhat of a hidden treasure. Fast and simple, you can use this app for email or SMS, but you can also paste your words into any app using a clipboard. It offers fluency in more than 30 languages (although one person complained about the quality of the output when using Arabic), and uses Google’s voice recognition. So whether you are slow at writing, just don’t like typing on a compact glass screen, or you literally have your hands full, this app can help.
It’s pretty accurate. And with the National Center for Voice and Speech estimating that the average American speaks around 150 words per minute, (You would have to be pretty amazing to type 150 words a minute, especially with your thumbs.) think of all of the work you can get accomplished. The user interface is just right, not too cluttered, but with enough intuitive features. It’s very useful for the writer on the run.
Download: Voice to Text
Speech to Text
Some speech to text apps feel like you have to do more work proofreading and conveying your thoughts repeatedly than what they are worth, but after trying a few others out, I came across this one. Yes, you will probably still want to proofread, but that should also be done with any means of writing, and this app is accurate enough to be effective. It’s quite capable of shaving off some time you would have spent typing. That’s probably because it uses Google’s own speech recognition function.
It also has backward functionality, meaning that you can hear it convert written words into speech as well. This definitely is a helpful tool to assess the flow of your writing and make adjustments as necessary. Use it for your novel, by copying text to your clipboard, or use it to send emails to your business clients with ease. Watching your thoughts turn into tangible sentences is a little like watching a magic trick.
Download: Speech to Text
ListNote Speech-to-Text Notes
ListNote is another app that’s one of the best for a writer to have around for a multitude of reasons. It was designed to help you keep track of your ideas securely, and one of the ways it does so is by offering a voice to text feature. When I can’t think of the way I want to word a phrase or title at work, honestly the best thing for me to do sometimes is to take a break from my desk. I’m still thinking of what I want to say; it’s just that for some reason, the moment I stop trying so hard is when it comes to me.
That’s when it’s really nice to have an app like ListNote on my phone to capture the epiphany. Notes are searchable, and can be encrypted and/or password-protected. It also gives you several ways to organize your notes, such as starring, categorization, and color-coding. Additional features include: a Continue button to add more text to a certain note after pausing, built-in text editors, and a setting to allow yourself some time to breathe before your next sentence.
Braina PC Remote Voice Control
The Braina app basically converts your Android into a microphone, from which you can control your desktop. You might be thinking, “What does that have to do with dictation?” Braina has both text to speech and speech to text functionalities, and these can be used in conjunction with PC apps like Microsoft Word. So take for instance my current situation: trying to write while keeping my nine-month old alive and pacified. It’s not like she’s going to be content just watching me type on my computer, but using Braina on bothy my Android and PC, I can still play with her (as long as her toys aren’t too noisy and neither is she) and write these articles.
Braina gives you the ability to remotely control your keyboard and mouse, and comes equipped with a dictionary and thesaurus. You’ll be able to remotely open and close programs like Notepad, perform searches for folders and files or for information on the Internet, and control a PowerPoint presentation. A Wi-Fi connection is required.
One of the coolest things about Voice Writer is not only its ability to transform your voice into text, but that it can also convert one language into another. From within the Translate tab, you can press Input to specify the language you are going to speak and Output to select the language you want your words converted into. This is one of the best apps to make your writing available to audiences all over the world. If you’ve no need for any language translation, just use the Home tab to see your speech automatically transformed into text. Voice Writer also makes it easy to email or send your writing to other apps.
Download: Voice Writer
TalkType Voice Keyboard
This app doesn’t rely on Google’s recognition system; it uses Baidu’s Deep Speech 2 instead – and some say it’s better. TalkType can be used in any other app that allows input entry. Although voice recognition is at the forefront, it does still have an optional keyboard. Unlike some of the other dictation apps, it’s free and there are no ads.
You can add punctuation by using voice commands, but you shouldn’t have to very often because TalkType has auto punctuation. The app won’t cut you off even if you pause, it’s got continuous recognition. Other alternatives to both typing and speaking include a Swipe option; where you swipe your finger from the first to the last letter, and Trackpad, with one or two-finger options for single or multiple-word selections. TalkType also provides editing support through Word Suggestion and a feature called Dictation Pad.
Dictadroid Voice Recorder
There is a free Lite version, but this is a case where you get what you pay for. With the paid version quality is noticeably better, and you can then share using FTP, email, Google Drive, Box, DropBox, or Google Drive. Start playing/recording with a single tap, play/record when the screen if off to preserve battery, automatically compress audio files, and use Volume buttons to fast forward, rewind, pause and play. Although we don’t expect you to have many problems, if you do, Dictadroid Support is eager to help.
We hope that this article has helped you find the best speech to text app to aid you in your writing. Whether you are freelancing, part-time, or full-time, it’s always hard to find enough time. Speech to text apps have gotten a lot better at recognition, and this can lead to greater time savings for you. But that’s only if they are some of the best.
Have you tried any of these? Let us know what worked or didn’t work for you in the comments.