1. Kedar's Avatar
    Okay guys. I realized typing on a software keyboard meant many mistakes for me. I'd probably get used to it, but it's still quite frustrating.

    One of the coolest features about Android was the voice to text. I was disappointed at first cause it wasn't recognizing what I was saying. I realized just now that I was doing it all wrong.

    First, to actually make the voice to text practical:
    1. Get HTC IME Keyboard (Download: HTC IME Keyboard v19 | Droid Life: A Droid Community Blog or search for the latest one via google).
    2. Make sure HTC Ime keyboard is checked in language and keyboard.
    3. After getting it installed, go to HTC IME settings-->Text Input-->Make sure "Disable Capitilization" feature isn't checked.
    4. Then go back, and go to gestures--> make one of the gestures "Voice Input". I did swipe right.
    5. Go to a message. Tap and hold text box--> Input method--> HTC IME.

    Okay and you're set. Just swipe right (or whatever gesture you put.. or tap microphone) to get voice command up. It should now capitilize the first letter of the first word for you.

    1. Do NOT talk like a robot, or slow down words a lot.
    2. Avoid contractions... don't --> do not, can't --> cannot
    3. Conversate to the phone. Speak like you would to another person, but be distinct enough.

    I use this all the time now. My accuracy shot up when I didn't try to speak to it like it was dumb. It can recognize conversational tone and does a great job. Just avoid contractions. Also, "comma" and "period" are "," and "." respectively. It can recognize that.



    So there's a newbie's guide to the voice command feature.
    Those who came from a Palm Pre can miss the hardware keyboard sometimes. It made things easier sometimes (except sliding it up, ugh). This should make texting/searching a breeze though.
    It can't get everything right, but it's a great replacement. I've tried Better Keyboard, Smart Keyboard, Sense Keyboard, Swipe, Shapewriter, and they were all kind of meh for me. Some worked well sometimes but were not the best all the time. So now I just use the HTC_IME keyboard and whenever I want to do hands free texting I use voice command with that keyboard's great capitilization feature.


    Edit: Probably wrong forum. I posted here cause I have an Evo and I know a lot of people came from hardware keyboards (blackberry + palm pre).
    06-16-2010 03:50 AM
  2. ihbsbA's Avatar
    I love voice command for texting or mailing while driving, but for everyday text input, you really should try ShapeWriter... it's free and can greatly improve your text entry experience!

    Sent from my rockin' Evo.
    06-16-2010 06:43 AM
  3. curthibbs's Avatar
    I just got in the beta program for Swype, and it is freakin' amazing! Within the first few minutes I was already typing faster than I used to on my Treo 700's physical keyboard.

    I haven't yet tried Shapewriter - I'll give it a try, too.
    06-16-2010 07:42 AM
  4. Kedar's Avatar
    Yeah, like I said, I've tried both.
    They're both okay, but not the best. They both have their flaws, and I realized I don't like them that much.
    06-16-2010 07:53 AM
  5. Bic's Avatar
    Why is it that I can only say a few words at a time into the voice input on the keyboard? I touch the microphone image and it allows a few words, then I have to push it again to add more words. Any way to keep speaking several sentences at a time?
    07-01-2010 07:56 PM
  6. reverendrhino's Avatar
    First time using it, & works awesome, even in Spanish! Loving my EVO..
    07-01-2010 08:27 PM
  7. epbb's Avatar
    I'll have to try this. Would be nice for driving.

    I've tried a lot of keyboard and i like multi touch (white keys that light up red) the best. Coming from a blackbery, other keyboard just frustrated me.
    07-01-2010 08:34 PM
  8. Kedar's Avatar
    Why is it that I can only say a few words at a time into the voice input on the keyboard? I touch the microphone image and it allows a few words, then I have to push it again to add more words. Any way to keep speaking several sentences at a time?
    Woah you brought up one of my old topics, heh.

    Just keep speaking. A pause stops the voice feature.
    07-01-2010 08:51 PM
  9. meyerweb#CB's Avatar
    And if you do pause and stop the recording, just wait for it to complete that part, tap the space bar, tap the mic, and keep going.
    07-01-2010 09:23 PM
  10. dfine1966's Avatar
    There is a new version over at XDA, version 27. I am not sure if I can link the two links. One to the original thread. The second to the actual download. If Moderators don't want these links, please delete.

    HTC IME keyboard on Evo? - xda-developers

    [MOD] HTC_IME (8th June) v27: Small fix - xda-developers
    07-01-2010 09:56 PM
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