HTC Desire : Adding voice to text feature

Posted on July 20, 2010

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Unlike the Google Nexus One, the HTC Desire lacks the voice to text feature. This is very useful especially when you just want to send out , say a quick SMS. Instead of typing, you speak and the Google voice software will capture your words and convert it to text. Depending on your pronunciation, the accuracy rate is 99% to sometimes 100 %. I am a Chinese and even with my Chinese and Malaysian accent, I’d say my success rate is close to 99 % most of the time. There were few occasions I obtain 100 % accuracy.

1. Download the voice search app here

2. Download either the Hi Resolution Keyboard or Low Resolution keyboard app. Try and see which one works for you

3. Copy these 2 files to your SD card

3. First Install the Voice Search app – I assume here you know how to install an apk file. If you don’t know, download from market Astro File Manager

4. Then install the keyboard app

5. After installation , go to Settings > Language and Keyboard. Tick and select  HTC_IME mod

6. Test : Open Messaging, and select a new message. In the Input box, hold down – a pop up box will prompt Input Method ., select it and choose HTC_IME mod. Press the microphone key, start to speak at normal pace and pronounce clearly . After you finish speaking, your words will be converted to text in the message input box