Jan 5, 2011 8:00 AM –
FlexT9 Speak-Trace-Write-Tap. With Flex T9 powered by Dragon you have the ability to seamlessly switch between four different input modalities – Speak. Trace. Write. Tap. For Android 2.1 or higher.
Pros & Cons:
- 4-in-1 virtual keyboard inputs; accuracy of Dragon Dictation speech, Trace, Write and Tap
- I personally found the handwritten input a bit cumbersome.
Flex T9 is a virtual 4-in-1 keyboard by Nuance, the makers of Dragon Dictation voice to text software. Previously you would only get Nuance Dragon Dictation or Voice Control actions preloaded from OEMs on devices such as myTouch 4G, now they are offering this technology in the Android Market for general public to purchase. With the keyboard you get:
- The accuracy of Dragon Dictation speech to text engine
- Trace which is like popular swipe texting apps like Swype, SlideIt, or ShapeWriter
- Write letters for handwriting recognition
- Traditional Tap to typing text
You may notice my repeated references to Dragon Dictation, that’s until you experience first hand how awesome and accurate the speech to text engine is. It is far more accurate than Google’s own built-in voice to speech for Android phones. At a dinner with leading industry bloggers a while back we performed a side by side accuracy comparison of Google’s Voice to Text on Android against Nuance’s Dragon Dictation on iPhone and the latter was triumphant 99% to 97% accurate every time.
To use it, simply tap the Dragon Dictation Speak icon located in the bottom left row, speak your text and either “Tap screen to stop recording” or stop talking. To correct a word, simply double-tap it to invoke more words in the library and choose or re-type.
In my opinion, and well… tested by the Guinness Book of World Records, swiping input on virtual keyboards are the fastest and most accurate typing inputs so far. They require a slight learning curve but once learned yield convenient benefits. FlexT9 Speak-Trace-Write-Tap incorporates this and those a decent job of it. However I tend to compare every similar input to Swype, whom crowned that world’s fastest title.
I personally don’t care for this input method however it could be very useful for Android tablet owners with stylus inputs who prefer that method with more screen real estate. You can write your characters as a word, left-to-right, or on top of each other, which can be essential if the writing area is too small.
Of course if all those methods are not sufficient for you can can still tap and text as with any virtual keyboard. Tip: longpress a letter then slide up to enter the special character above it.
FlexT9 Text Input Speak
FlexT9 Text Input Trace
FlexT9 Text Input Write
FlexT9 Text Input Tap
FlexT9 Speak-Trace-Write-Tap excels in its versatile and convenient input methods, which are literally one button click to switch between.
Android Advice™ – How do I change my virtual keyboard?
- Open Settings » Language & keyboard » Select FlexT9 Speak-Trace-Write-Tap.
- Press “OK” to access permissions after you’ve read them.
- Long press on any text box » Click Input Method » Select FlexT9 Speak-Trace-Write-Tap.
Once you change your keyboard, it would be used every time you need to type something.
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