Does Speaking Email use Dragon Naturally Speaking for dictation?

Q: Does Speaking Email use Dragon Dictation?

A: 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.

What is Speaking Email?

An app for iPhone and Android that reads your email out loud to you. It intelligently extracts content from emails (minus the signatures, disclaimers and threads). And it lets you action your email - archive, mark-as-read, trash, flag, reply, or forward. It can be completely by voice command, or use the large on-screen buttons or full screen touch gestures.

Who is it for?

People with blindness or visual impairment. People who are busy and run out of time to get through their inbox. People who want to make productive use of time when driving between appointments.

Do you have Apple CarPlay?

See our other product Speaking Email CarPlay.

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