For me, voice recognition just never got what I said right. I tried 2 920's, an 810, and an HTC 8x in the store, and none of those devices could get anything I said right unless I tried like 10 times (usually ending up in me quitting). I also use to OWN a 920 and had 2 820's as well (had to exchange one of the 820s), and none of those devices could get anything right unless I held it close enough to my mouth to where I was basically kissing it. It's actually one of the biggest reasons I traded my Windows Phone. If they could fix whatever they need to get this stuff to work, I'd be all over Windows Phone again....
It was so disappointing today to walk into the store, download the new natural language voice assistant Maluba, try it, only to find that it went through the TellMe dictation and came back horribly inaccurate on ALL the devices I tried it on. Had this worked today, I would have sold my 4s today and bought a 920 again. I really need a good voice assistant with natural language because I am always driving and these are the times when I need to take a note or schedule an appointment.
Now, you're using a 920, correct? I'm wondering if this may be due to bad batches or something. Did you get your Lumia during the initial stages of release, or just recently get one? I tried a yellow 920 in the store (which must be of a newer batch, if anything) and it had problems translating my speech correctly to text. I mean it was so bad that I actually tried to be quieter, so that others who may have been eyeing a 920 wouldn't see how bad it was performing...I am using it same way - while I am driving. Works like no tomorrow. And BTW, I speak with a heavy accent.
Now, you're using a 920, correct? I'm wondering if this may be due to bad batches or something. Did you get your Lumia during the initial stages of release, or just recently get one? I tried a yellow 920 in the store (which must be of a newer batch, if anything) and it had problems translating my speech correctly to text. I mean it was so bad that I actually tried to be quieter, so that others who may have been eyeing a 920 wouldn't see how bad it was performing...
I have bought mine on 12/1/2012 if that helps. But, I am serious - it works unbelievably good. Some last names I am calling to would have been even hard for a real person to understand.
Did you make sure the enable speech recognition service box was checked under settings-speech?
I had to update my phone and ran into this not working, turned out it basically wasn't turned on.
And it correctly transcribes what you accurately whenever you use it?
Ha, no that is my point. It gets it right just a percentage of the time and when it gets it wrong, what it offers up always makes me laugh. For reminders, I still use it because usually no matter how nonsensical the result, it acts like a memnonic for me. So example this morning I said, "Remind me: Roy Baumeister "Evil" and it recorded: Roy Found My Store Evil. I didn't expect it to get a proper name correct, so that is fine, and later when I got the reminder I was able to remember what Roy Found My Store Evil was supposed to refer to (a book by Roy Baumeister)
But, for searches like "I want some japanese food" to locate area restaurants I don't use it because it doesn't work consistently and I don't want to comically repeat myself over and over again--I even find myself shouting at the phone like it's a deaf old aunt. I must have a really thick accent or something....
Lol, that's funny. When you say reminders, you mean you use OneNote speech command, or something else like Maluuba or Ask Ziggy?
Maluuba-- it puts the reminder in as a calendar event for one hour (I think) later and actually gives me a pop up reminder. With OneNote it just goes in there and stays in there unless I remember to go look at it again. I am sure other apps to the same thing but Maluuba is the one I know.
So it probably works maybe 50% of the time for you? Do you have to hold the phone close to your mouth for it to work, or the distance doesn't matter, but the background noise does?
I use it in the car like you do, and yes, I would say 50% or less it works ok, a sad percentage. I haven't really experimented with what works better in terms of how close to hold the handset, etc, because it doesn't bother me too much, I only use it in a pinch while in the car. I have always assumed really good voice recognition would have to learn the foibles of any person's speech, to "learn" it, and so would get better over time. But an app that learns like that I would not expect to be free or cost .99, but I don't know, just guessing at that.