Google’s new Pixel 4 has a feature that the iPhone definitely needs. Soon. It’s called the Recorder app. Hey. Wait. Doesn’t Apple have a couple of audio recorder apps, too? Google’s transcribes in real-time.
Is that news?
On. The. Phone.
Google has had Live Transcribe for awhile. Even Apple’s Siri has the ability to transcribe audio. I use it in Messages on Watch. I use it in Notes. I use it in Drafts, and other apps, too.
So, what’s the big deal?
First, Live Transcribe isn’t all that good. Users grumble about how it pauses and stutters, drops words and phrases. But to be fair, Siri isn’t perfect either, and you need a decent internet connection to get it right.
Second, Google’s new Recorder app does the deed in real time; live on Pixel. The transcription is managed locally, on the phone. Some of what Recorder does is not new. Just local.
Mark Hackman explains:
Recorder appears to rectify Live Transcribe’s major flaws. For one thing, Live Transcribe doesn’t allow you to record the conversation and then sync the transcription to the audio, allowing you to check the recording. Google presented this as a major improvement, but this is a feature that Microsoft’s own OneNote app—including the version that’s included with every Windows PC—has included for literally years.
So, simply put, Google has a very fast, very accurate transcription service that lives on Google Pixel. Siri lives in the cloud so you need to be connected. That kind of lives on the device technology is what Apple needs.
Glenn Stock has a good How-To Review of getting Siri to take your dictation.
Speech-to-text capability is included in iOS on the iPad and iPhone that can be used for dictation. It uses Siri to recognize your speech and type it for you. You can use Siri to write emails, fill in text fields, and even write articles.
Just gotta have that internet connection.