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Offline Text to speech / Limited voice Control (i.e. Voice Commander from Windows Mobile)

asked 2014-04-03 08:43:55 +0200

MBowman325 gravatar image

I see halves but not both in one. My (old) Windows Mobile devices could do voice dial and read with fair accuracy text messages / e-mail without being online. Other items (status, time, set ringer volume, etc) would be a nice bonus. I found it novel and somewhat handy to use the voice to text for SMS on WinPho 7, but I could live without it. The desire is to do this without requiring a connection to a backend server.

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Probably more of a patent issue than anything else. I remember my Symbian phone from 2007 had this. It cannot require high end computing power.

ossi1967 ( 2014-04-03 09:14:30 +0200 )edit

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answered 2014-04-04 04:30:13 +0200

MBowman325 gravatar image

I don't believe this is a duplicate of either of those two for the following reasons:

The voice-control one focuses on composing text and making a reference to Siri. This implies an online mode, which is NOT something I desire. I could use Google Voice for that now. The reference on text to speech is placed out of context with all examples being voice to text.

The voice-dialing is only one limited aspect of voice-control with no mention of offline capabilities.

These are slices of a pie, perhaps different pies (online / offline).

I specifically desire a feature set allowing me to use voice control without an active Internet connection to do things such as call a number (specially via contact as I never used the numeric feature), or otherwise interact with basic functionality of the phone (change ringer volume, launch an app, request time / date). If I had to voice training to do this, I'd be happy with that as well. I'd also desire the ability of the phone to read text (Text to Speech) offline.

Secondary to this is Voice to text. I would expect that dictionaries / engines may make this prohibitive to do offline. (Though I remember running Covox in DOS on a 386. Lotsa training).

I concisely want: offline text to speech (read e-mails / texts, read time / date, perhaps read calendar items) with some form of limited voice control.

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answered 2014-04-03 10:50:10 +0200

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updated 2014-04-03 10:50:47 +0200

this is a duplicate of either




please close this and cast your vote there.

thank you

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