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How to Speak to Your Android Tablet Instead of Typing

Talking to your Android tablet really works, and works quite well, providing that you touch the Microphone key on the keyboard and properly dictate your text.

After touching the Microphone key, you see a special window at the bottom of the screen. When the text Speak Now appears, dictate your text, speaking directly at the tablet. Try not to spit.

As you speak, a Microphone graphic on the screen flashes. The flashing doesn’t mean that the Android tablet is embarrassed by what you’re saying. No, the flashing merely indicates that the tablet is listening, detecting the volume of your voice.

As you blab, the tablet digests what you say and the text you speak — or a close approximation — appears on the screen. It’s magical and sometimes comical.

  • The first time you try voice input, you might see a description displayed. Touch the OK button to continue.

  • You can edit your voice input just as you edit any text.

  • If you don’t like a word chosen by the dictation feature, touch the word on the screen. You’ll see a pop-up list of alternatives from which to choose.

  • Speak the punctuation in your text. For example, you would say, “I’m sorry comma and it won’t happen again” to have the tablet produce the text I’m sorry, and it won’t happen again or something close to that.

  • Common punctuation you can dictate includes the comma, period, exclamation point, question mark, and colon.

  • Pause your speech before and after speaking punctuation.

  • There is no way presently to capitalize words you dictate.

  • Dictation may not work where no Internet connection exists.

The Android tablet features a voice censor. It replaces those naughty words you might utter, placing the word’s first letter on the screen, followed by the appropriate number of asterisks.

For example, if spatula were a blue word and you uttered spatula when dictating text, the dictation feature would place s****** on the screen rather than the word spatula.

The tablet knows a lot of blue terms, including the infamous “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television,” but apparently the terms crap and damn are fine.

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