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  • Target's Official App Gives Early Look at Nuance's iOS 5 Voice-to-Text Feature



    Target recently updated their iOS app. Not a particularly noteworthy occurrence, unless youíre a sophomore in college looking for a cheap futon. However, Target may have accidentally debuted iOS 5ís voice-to-text feature powered by Nuance.

    A voice-to-text option added to the shopping list feature in Targetís app caught TheNextWeb reader DaringFireball's attention. The feature operates almost identically to how leaked information and screens show Nuanceís rumored voice-to-text technology working in iOS 5. Oh and what company is powering Targetís voice-to-text technology? Nuance.

    I downloaded Targets new app, and I agree with iDownloadBlog, if this is how well iOS 5ís voice-to-text feature is going to work, sign me up. Itís accurate, fast, and convenient. The feature simply adds a microphone to the keyboard and when a user wants to talk and have text appear on his/her iPhone all they need to do is touch the microphone and talk.

    iOS 5 is due out soon, and the Apple leaks are giving the Interwebs a collective heart attack, but this gem found in Targetís new iOS App eases some of the worry that Nuanceís voice-to-text functionality could somehow be lackluster, or non-existent.

    If you want to try the voice-to-text feature out yourself Targetís app is free in The App Store.



    Source: iDownloadBlog
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Target's Official App Gives Early Look at Nuance's iOS 5 Voice-to-Text Feature started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 13 Comments
    1. VaderForce's Avatar
      VaderForce -
      Works pretty good for with my Australian accent :-)
    1. Lloyd1941M's Avatar
      Lloyd1941M -
      Thank you for sharing!
    1. AUZambo's Avatar
      AUZambo -
      Cool....it does work very well.
    1. Ryry506's Avatar
      Ryry506 -
      Apple does need to add voice to text
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      Nice cover and catch Phil.
      This is a very much needed feature for iOS 5
    1. NiteStar's Avatar
      NiteStar -
      Wow. It works flawlessly in my tests. If this is what will be added with ios5, I'm stoked.
    1. southfrisco's Avatar
      southfrisco -
      FACTS:1-Nuance licenses their tech to anyone willing to buy (including Target).2-iOS5 beta is close to gold master (ready for public) and there has been no indication in the iOS5 beta keyboard that voice to text will be integrated.3-If Apple was going to use Nuance integrated in iOS5 wouldn't they purchase a license that would cover their third party app developers? Thus if this was the case they would have offered it as a feature in iOS5 beta saving third party publishers the cost.Voice to text will eventually come to iOS but I just don't see it in iOS5 beta. I don't believe the rumors at all and don't see voice to text in iOS as being anything more than another bullet point that Apple can potentially add next year when iOS6 beta comes out.
    1. digitalreflex's Avatar
      digitalreflex -
      Works great for me too, excited for more apps to take advantage of this.
    1. Bernie-Mac's Avatar
      Bernie-Mac -
      Quote Originally Posted by southfrisco View Post
      FACTS:1-Nuance licenses their tech to anyone willing to buy (including Target).2-iOS5 beta is close to gold master (ready for public) and there has been no indication in the iOS5 beta keyboard that voice to text will be integrated.3-If Apple was going to use Nuance integrated in iOS5 wouldn't they purchase a license that would cover their third party app developers? Thus if this was the case they would have offered it as a feature in iOS5 beta saving third party publishers the cost.Voice to text will eventually come to iOS but I just don't see it in iOS5 beta. I don't believe the rumors at all and don't see voice to text in iOS as being anything more than another bullet point that Apple can potentially add next year when iOS6 beta comes out.
      FACT: The lack of a feature in a beta or preview does not solidify it's absence in the final release.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      This is one of those things that can only be judged when used. I have seen great voice to text applications (google does it right throughout their Android OS) and I have seen it implemented poorly (Apple's current voice search, even with it's limited features, doesn't work nearly as accurately for me as does Google's).

      When using my iPhone 4 this is probably the biggest feature I miss. On my EVO I almost never type out a thing when sending SMS unless it is meant to be private and I happen to have an audience at the time.
      Quote Originally Posted by Bernie-Mac View Post
      FACT: The lack of a feature in a beta or preview does not solidify it's absence in the final release.
      While you are right in that it doesn't solidify anything, it does give us a strong suggestion. The point of a beta is to test features. With a feature as big as this, one would expect Apple to want anyone and everyone to give it a go so that more bugs are found before going gold rather than after.
    1. Bernie-Mac's Avatar
      Bernie-Mac -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      While you are right in that it doesn't solidify anything, it does give us a strong suggestion. The point of a beta is to test features. With a feature as big as this, one would expect Apple to want anyone and everyone to give it a go so that more bugs are found before going gold rather than after.
      One would expect Apple to do a lot of things but they aren't the most orthodox company, are they?
    1. Matthew_Madlock's Avatar
      Matthew_Madlock -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ryry506 View Post
      Apple does need to add voice to text
      Agreed the only area that android had or has better than iOS depending on if you believe this nuance stuff (I do) is the text to speech and pull down notifications/ notifications in general, otherwise iOS prevails.
    1. Stumbows's Avatar
      Stumbows -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      This is one of those things that can only be judged when used. I have seen great voice to text applications (google does it right throughout their Android OS) and I have seen it implemented poorly (Apple's current voice search, even with it's limited features, doesn't work nearly as accurately for me as does Google's).

      When using my iPhone 4 this is probably the biggest feature I miss. On my EVO I almost never type out a thing when sending SMS unless it is meant to be private and I happen to have an audience at the time.


      While you are right in that it doesn't solidify anything, it does give us a strong suggestion. The point of a beta is to test features. With a feature as big as this, one would expect Apple to want anyone and everyone to give it a go so that more bugs are found before going gold rather than after.
      Except for the fact that they don't need to test it for bugs as they didn't write the code. Nuance did and they would have quite extensive testing I would assume. Therefore they could actually get away with slipping it into the Golden Master without having had it in beta because of that fact that didn't in fact write the code.