On Device Voice Typing by Google Assistant

All Android phones must have voice typing on the device

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To help entice buyers to invest in the Pixel ecosystem, Google is strictly locking down some interesting features for Pixel devices. Magic Eraser is a good example (it allows you to “magically” erase things from photos) as is the call screen (the Google Assistant answers your phone call for you to engage with telemarketers). Another example is on-device voice typing, which is currently exclusive to the Pixel 6 and Pixel 7 series.

If you are using the voice-to-text feature on a non-Pixel phone, you will face some limitations. First, you’ll need to speak a little slower than usual because your phone will take a few milliseconds to process each word. Second, you will have to dictate punctuation, such as “period” or “comma”. The third is that you’ll need to go back and fix things when you’re done talking because the system isn’t exact when it comes to wording, homophones, numbers, and more.

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Voice Typing on Pixel 6 and Pixel 7 phones – Also known as Voice Typing Assistant Gboard – However, you do not encounter these problems. You don’t need to dictate punctuation because Google Assistant can handle that automatically as you speak. You can speak at a normal speed and don’t need to fix much in the end. As added bonuses, you can even manually fix things on the go without having to disable and enable voice typing over and over again, and you can type an emoji by describing it. It is a better experience globally.

Voice typing on the Pixel 6 and 7 is a globally better experience than any other Android phone.

It’s such a shame that Google is shutting this down on Pixels. I think everyone with a capable Android phone should get this feature.

Pixel 7 Voice Typing: An Amazing Experience

Google Voice Typing on Pixel 7

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I usually text with my voice for two reasons: I’m driving or I know I have a lot of text messages and it would be faster to say it rather than write it. With the Pixel 7 Pro, I find myself gravitating toward using my voice more often because it’s so fast and accurate. Even if I was sitting at my desk and could easily pick up the phone and type, I would choose to use my voice instead.

This fast and accurate way of typing is changing the way I use my phone.

This may not seem like a big deal, but it radically changes the way I use my phone. I don’t even need to touch it anymore. I can simply say, “Hey Google, text Dad,” and the phone will open a prompt to Dad. I can then say whatever I want to send it to him just as if he were sitting next to me.

Obviously I can do this with most modern Android phones, as there are a lot of things that support the Google Assistant wake word. But if you try it with a phone that isn’t a Pixel 6 or Pixel 7, you’re likely to have a bad time. The words won’t be transcribed correctly, your request for an emoji won’t be understood, and you’ll need to speak at a slow pace to keep things from mixing up. With the Pixel 7 Pro, it’s easy.

This feature alone makes me wonder how I’ll ever go back to a non-Pixel. This sounds like great news for Google, but I think it’s important that everyone has access to this.

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Everyone should have access to this

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I realize that Google’s Tensor chips make this feature possible. This is Tensor’s goal: to not focus on raw power and instead tweak certain aspects of the chipset architecture to make machine learning and AI features better. That’s why this feature doesn’t appear on older pixels that don’t have a Tensor. But other chips are fully capable of voice typing on the device, and should help Google get it to the masses.

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We’ve reached out to Google about the feasibility of this port. Google evaded answering our question directly, but confirmed that it builds its apps on the Android NN API which, in theory, will allow these apps to run on other platforms that provide API drivers, including Qualcomm, Mediatek, Samsung, and others. In other words, it seems possible, but Google will need to make it happen.

Despite this effort required, I think this is important because it provides greater accessibility and better security. People who find it difficult to type for any reason – arthritis, injuries, perpetual motion issues, etc. – should be able to use high-quality voice typing without having to get a Pixel. Obviously, Google has every right to release exclusive features for Pixels, but securing better access behind a paywall is not an ethical way to do so. Locking Magic Eraser behind a firewall makes sense, for example, but doing the same for a system that helps disadvantaged people use their phones better doesn’t.

Pay-as-you-go features that make phones more secure and more accessible is not a good look.

Likewise, better voice typing encourages people to leave their phones while driving. I definitely tried to use my voice while driving, got frustrated with things not coming out the way I wanted, and then gave up and used my fingers. This is not good at all, as my eyes should be on the road, not my phone. Again, the paywall features that make life safer for everyone aren’t great.

Even if Google doesn’t offer pixel-quality voice typing for everyone, I hope it at least brings the current version closer to that quality. Most people are probably like me and don’t even know how things could be better.

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