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When Will Voice Recognition Finally Be Improved?

In our fast-paced world, it can be nice to keep our hands free yet still use our devices. Still, voice features don’t always work as intended.

We’ve all been in a situation where we’ve tried to send a text with just the use of our voices. Sometimes, it results in some unintended and silly words or phrases. But more often than not, the text messages can be unclear or missing pertinent information that we wanted to send.

On our smartphones, voice recognition rarely behaves as it should. That’s why few of us use voice features with any sort of confidence, which is certainly frustrating. In a world where tech devices get more and more powerful every few months, it’d be nice to be able to utilize the voice features that have been around for years. It begs the question — why hasn’t it yet been improved?

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A Problem Across Devices

Our phones are able to stream video, play games, order a pizza by texting an emoji, and communicate with people all over the world — all at the touch of a button. So it’s seemingly a mystery as to why haven’t we seen any major improvements for voice features yet. It doesn’t matter if it’s an Apple, Samsung, Google, or HTC phone — voice features consistently fail to work correctly. When they do work, they require us to speak in a manner that’s so loud and clear that we draw too much attention to ourselves. It’s to the point where it’s easier to just drop what we’re doing and send a text the old-fashioned way, or make an actual phone call.

Why Are Smartphones Behind?

It’s puzzling that voice recognition technology remains so wonky on smartphones when Amazon Echo and Google Home are so responsive and clear. Both smart hubs have intelligent assistants that can understand your commands — even in a noisy room. And this technology is affordable, too. So why have smartphones not caught up to these devices when it comes to voice recognition technology?

There are a lot of possible reasons that voice recognition fails to work properly on smartphones, which is a shame since voice-to-text is so useful. Smartphones, because of their speaker’s quality and size, have a harder time distinguishing your voice from surrounding noise.

When Will This Technology Be Updated?

Hopefully, a device manufacturer will soon step it up and deliver a device that can be truly hands-free. We live in such a fast-paced world that’s constantly connected — it’d be nice to be able to keep our hands free more often, and pay attention to the world around us.