The Evernote app for the Android OS reportedly received a new update that would allow users to take advantage of an improved audio-to-note and speech-to-note feature.
Internet tech observer Appolicious today revealed that an update for the Android OS application now makes audio recording on mobile devices easier and more efficient by allowing users to give dictation, while attaching the audio of any note to the text generated.
The effect is that an automatic transcription is being made as the note is entered, allowing for an easier search for the audio content of the note.
In the earlier version of Evernote, a user enabled the entry of an audio note by the simple click of a recording button, but the notes had flagged titles to make them easy to locate. The problem was that for longer audio notes, users were prone to forget what they may have said, forcing them to playback the entire audio track to find the particular part they wanted.
The updated system was tested on a Samsung Galaxy 10.1, with Evernote using Google’s Android speech-to-text software, which requires an Internet connection to source the words from the Internet.
The test reportedly showed improvements in the feature, but some glitches remained. Appolicious disclosed that unless the spoken words are slow and clear, the speech-to-text feature comes up with some wrong words and sentences, in effect, rewriting what the app thought it heard.
The bright side however is that the upgraded feature works just fine for dictations that are short and sweet, admitting that the speech-to-text feature is not meant for long speech events, but for taking notes, which by definition are typically short.
The report added that if the user happens to have Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the device, then it’s a clear and easier go.