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There is a new speech recognition app in development for Android called Utter!, a project that we are getting our first look at courtesy of a video posted by its developer. Utter! promises to be unlike any speech recognition software before by combining voice commands with the applications installed on a users device. Other solutions such as Siri on the iPhone and Speaktoit and Voice Actions on Android often digest queries such as weather and calculations internally and then bounce back an answer. Utter! allows users to route queries to various apps such as a train timetable app or calculator and pulls results from these services.


This is no ordinary voice assistant; it's far more interactive than that. Meet Utter!, a new take on voice recognition that uses your device's existing applications to trigger your requested action. You can practically launch any app you have installed, navigate to a destination via Google Maps or set an email complete with all input fields populated with your choice of mail client (just watch how he does it). Basically it should be able to do everything you ask for, as long as it has access to an app that can execute the said request.

I am absolutely floored at how this lone XDA developer has created something so simple yet so powerful. Similar voice assistants such as Siri could only perform a range actions that it is pre-designed to do, but Utter! can take command of your phone or tablet's existing features to do your bidding. Again, absolutely astonishing work from this guy.

Be sure to watch the video! It's long, but really good. biggrin.gif
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If this is real, this is very very cool
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Take note that a Beta version is still in the works, so stay tuned for a link to the app. biggrin.gif
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That's incredible. The shortcoming with voice recognition I saw with Android apps were that they could only do basic functions, as opposed to real integration like Siri. This trumps everything else that's currently available... not to mention, it processes everything on-device, instead of offloading it to servers like Siri does. Very promising.
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It's certainly interesting... and pretty impressive for one man.
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Wow, Utter could understand his mumbled accent of some words better than I could.
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That's incredible. The shortcoming with voice recognition I saw with Android apps were that they could only do basic functions, as opposed to real integration like Siri. This trumps everything else that's currently available... not to mention, it processes everything on-device, instead of offloading it to servers like Siri does. Very promising.

Not only that, but it can courteously ask you for Superuser permissions if you request it to do root functionality. That extra layer of confirmation is really cool, I have to say.

What really amazed me is how it easily pulls out relevant apps on whatever he mentions, even if just casually saying "eBay" or "navigate". That level of intuition is unheard of in any existing voice recognition feature I've seen. Also, it can make substitutes if an app is unavailable - like the eBay Galaxy Nexus query he made; when he froze the eBay app, Utter! then launches the browser instead to compensate. Really cool! biggrin.gif
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Impressive.
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Wow... can't wait for the beta biggrin.gif
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