Android dictation timeout

Q: Why is dictation stopping after a couple of seconds?

A: Speaking Email dictation keeps listening for 10 seconds to allow you to pause for breath, and then asks if you are finished. It gives you the opportunity to say "more" and add more text.

However, this feature relies on the operating system dictation and some versions of Android operating system will not allow silence this long and unfortunately a pause of a couple of seconds will stop the dictation.

Is there a workaround? Basically, you need to speak without pausing. This is a skill you can learn and master with a little practise, although it can certainly be frustrating.

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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