Android Jelly Bean comes with an intelligent keyboard and Offline Voice Typing

Android Jelly Bean comes with an intelligent keyboard and Offline Voice Typing
Offline Voice Typing is coming with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and it is exactly what is sounds - no more need for Internet connection to do anything with your voice on Android.

You just speak your text while driving, for example, and the device types your email, office document or text message for you quickly, without the pesky need to connect to Google's servers.

If you are not the voice typing type, Google has you covered with an improved on-screen keyboard as well, which learns intelligently from your typing over time, and ca predict what you mean to input. SwiftKey developers are probably pretty peeved right now.  

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15 Comments

1. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Way cool!!! Apple, you just got owned...lol!!!

7. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

You're totally wrong. Apple got owned 2 years ago when Gingerbread was announced. Or maybe i'm wrong too, the Froyo annouced is more accurate.

2. ilia1986 unregistered

More innovation than in all Apple WWDC events since 2008 :D

5. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

True that. But Apple is more into form than substance with iOS.

3. imkyle

Posts: 1111; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Motorola Xoom is getting Jellybean in July :) Year old device is getting it.

4. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

Now THAT's the world's most advanced mobile operating system.

6. omacmagics

Posts: 42; Member since: Dec 27, 2011

It would be nice if Nexus S owners like myself could get 1 or 2 features from Jellybean update, I'd be so happy.

11. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

you are! you are getting JB(jelly bean)

8. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I don't like SwiftKey anyways, its too small on my phone, and Large mode isn't big enough, the keys are all cramped, and the space bar is still small after the update. Smart Keyboard or Perfect Keyboard is the way to go.

9. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

I tried the voice dictation on my phone a year ago. I only tried it briefly and no longer use it. The reason is that composing a message while driving is very distracting. I found it very difficult to concentrate on driving while trying to compose a message even using voice dictation. The messages I was trying to compose wasn't even very long. They were one or two sentences. I was surprised how much concentration I needed to compose a message. I felt that my ability to drive is impared so much that I stopped doing that. I'm just going to compose my messages when I'm not driving. I also no longer use auto-correct. It was wrong way too often, especially when I am typing something that is not a word like some abbreviation or short hand notation. I'm not sure if I'm going to like the typing prediction either. I would rather it just flag where it suspects I may have made a mistake and let me decide if I want anything changed or corrected.

12. nyuvo

Posts: 72; Member since: May 10, 2012

ah well, im assuming you had android? and most probably not ICS? because those two very features you speak of were okay with gingerbread and its previous versions but ICS changed them for the better to a large degree. Grab an ICS (nexus) device and see how nice the auto correct is. It's great and to think we are getting a better version soon is even better. With android sometimes it will change to a different word than the one you want but if you press delete strait away it goes back to the actual letters you typed. Alternatively, you can just click on the word and a list of similar words appear

13. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

The problem with using a phone is that I need to look at the keys that I am about to press. By the time I realise a different word was substituted, it may be too late. Also, it's annoying having to press delete/backspace after typing it in correctly while auto-correct changes it to something I don't need. I even turned it off my ICS tablet. I set it up just to highlight the word that it does not recognise. If I want to change it, I'll go back and change that word or add it to the dictionary. I would rather just finish typing according to my train of thought.

10. 9_2_5

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

Cool feature and all, but I don't think it's that great for phones...seeing as they always have a cell/data signal (unless you have Sprint), it shouldn't really matter if you're offline or not. Ask yourself, when was the last time you put your phone on airplane mode when you WEREN'T on an airplane?

14. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

It's relevant in the fact that cell/data signal also comes with data transmission... and data prices, of which have been climbing. Not having to connect to servers in order to use it is actually a relief for anyone that has to count MB's on a tiered data plan.

15. 9_2_5

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

Do you honestly think a string of words takes up THAT much data? Type a few sentences in a .txt file and see how big that file is. Mere KILOBYTES. If you're that worried that sending words over data will kill your data plan, then smartphones are not the thing for you

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