Google's Voice Search now lets 3rd party apps use offline voice recognition, privacy buffs rejoice

Google's Voice Search now lets 3rd party apps use offline voice recognition, privacy buffs rejoice
With the latest update to the Now and Voice Search apps, Google has quietly opened the floodgates for 3rd party apps to use its offline voice recognition tools. This is huge, as it will allow developers to feature voice commands and natural language recognition in their apps without the need for an Internet connection, hence keep your privacy intact.

The possibilities here are endless and only limited by the devs imagination. One of the first apps to take advantage is utter!, which is not new per se, but now features the offline voice recognition, and via a download smaller than 2MB lets you command the phone with your voice without the typical need for data connection. The offline function will only work on Jelly Bean devices and above, of course.

It runs in the background and is made to be very light and available anywhere you are in the interface by shaking the phone, waving or simply pressing a button. The real value in this undertaking is that none of your personal information is uploaded to Google's servers, which is a huge relief for people who regularly use Google Voice Search or Apple's Siri, for instance. In fact, the utter! promo video takes a jab at Siri indeed, so check it our below.

source: XDA-Devs via AA

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9 Comments

1. PermanentHiatus

Posts: 267; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

Google Now > Siri

3. imsickwithsmartphone

Posts: 153; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

why Siri?? WHYY???

8. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Siri is more interactive and is better at some tasks, but for the most part, yes, Google Now is better than Siri, but it could still use some work to be 100%.IMO

2. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

HOLY CRAP THAT'S AWESOME! I love Dragon for my PC and now I can do something similar for my Android devices YES.

4. ama3654

Posts: 295; Member since: Nov 27, 2012

wow google!...just wow!!! this is awesome. Siri is lame

5. DarkShadow

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

wow it is great go google !!!

6. ilia1986 unregistered

Awesome, just please bring Hebrew support for offline dictation!

7. longhairbilly

Posts: 66; Member since: Aug 23, 2010

I've been using Utter! for a few months now, excellent app. It just keeps getting better.

9. web1982

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 07, 2013

This option was deactivated two weeks ago from Google for some phones because of performance reason. I do not understand the reason because on my Huawei Y300 I never got problems or performance issues with the offline voice recognition. Since it is not available anymore I get really huge problems. Not only that I was using it in China everyday, but also that it cant be used anymore. Voice recognition doesnt work online in China. The quality is really too bad. Some weeks ago I could still download the files, but now it is not possible anymore. I have Jellybean 4.1 and after a google update the download option was gone. So I didnt know what is the exact problem and I did a factory reset. Now also the offline files are gone and not possible to recover. Google deactivated the download option for voice recognition. There are already some posts in the internet releated to that topic but google didnt answer or tried to fix it. Some were assuming it is because of low performance of Huawei y300 that causes problems when the voice detection is used offline. I used it before and I need it every day and I had never ever any problems. But since 1 week I cannot use it anymore. Anyone knows a solution??

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