Jason D. O’Grady, a blogger for ZDNet, recently jumped into the debate about speech recognition. In Speech recognition: the iOS achilles heel, he points out that Google made one very smart move: they built a massive voice recognition database using their free 1-800-GOOG-411 service.
So, what’s the big deal?
This gave Google a key competitive advantage over Apple. Google tightly integrated this amazing speech recognition software into the Android OS. That’s why I have yet to have a problem with Voice Search, Voice Input and Voice Actions on my Motorola Droid. On more than one occasion I’ve spoken my destination or other instruction while driving. (I believe in the hands-free laws. It keeps me alert to avoid those who think texting is okay at 70 mph.) :)
As mentioned in Productivity Boosters, there are apps for dictation and other speech recognition available for the iPhone (and other smart phones).
Check out Speech recognition: the iOS achilles heel for more.