Does Speaking Email use Dragon Naturally Speaking for dictation?

  • Speaking Email has voice command recognition and a dictation system which enables you to dictate a reply, forward an email to a colleague or compose a new email.


    We are not using Dragon Dictation for this purpose, but instead use the native technology provided by your device - from Apple or Google.


    Apple recently made available new technology that enables use of the native speech-to-text (speech recognition) system that Siri uses. This makes Speaking Email very good at recognising most accents. 


    On Android we are using Google for voice recognition. This technology is somewhat variable on the different hardware platforms but has the advantage of working offline and requiring no third party installations.  


    Dragon Naturally Speaking is a Nuance product which enables text-to-speech on the desktop. It is very advanced with more than 25 years of legacy code behind it but it mostly assumes the user can see the screen and has lots of detailed editing commands like "move cursor to the left" or "select that word". On a mobile device we can't assume the user is looking at the screen, so Speaking Email attempts to simplify the dictation experience in a way suitable for the mobile era.


    Many of our users use both Dragon Naturally Speaking on the desktop and Speaking Email on the mobile, as both cater for their respective platforms very well.