Will Siri eventually be able to translate speech to text locally?

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  1. mrat93, Dec 21, 2011
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    mrat93 macrumors 65816

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    I know that there's no definite answer, and Siri is still in beta, but does anybody see this feature in the near future? iOS 3 and 4 had it to some degree with Voice Control. I asked Siri to call my friend earlier, and it was unable to connect to the network, so it didn't work. It would have worked on iOS 3 and 4, though.

    Do you think this is a priority for Apple?
     
  2. BlizzardBolt macrumors 6502

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    Really?

    So ice cream sandwich converts speech to text without an internet connection?
     
  3. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    It isn't really the conversion that requires the internet connection - it's because siri determines what you mean, rather than exactly what you say.

    Without the internet, you'd have to revert to specific commands - rather than natural language.
     
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    How were you planning on making a phone call without bars?

    I would like Siri to work locally too, mainly to it would work faster when I'm in low bar areas to just transcribe text.

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    Then why doesn't text transcription work locally?
     
  5. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Because it would be inconsistent for the user. How would the phone determine when you want it to do something or when you just want text?
     
  6. BlizzardBolt macrumors 6502

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    There should be an option from start to go down either path. Speech to text is ideal for writing documents on the go without a connection.

    By the way one of the best signatures I have seen in months :)
     
  7. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    It would be nice, but I don't really see it happening ... this is Apple.

    I know, right. I'm awesome.
     
  8. mrat93 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    My bad. I was wrong about this. Will edit original post.

    True, but perhaps Apple should include the old Voice Control feature as a backup for basic commands like calling people when Siri isn't working.

    I had full bars, but for some reason, Siri couldn't connect. Happens to me once every few days or so. Not a HUGE issue, but annoying nonetheless.
     
  9. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    I'm actually talking about the microphone icon on the keyboard. I understand why Siri would be a networked app.

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    It does, in the settings. Just turn Siri off and voice controls works in its stead.
     
  10. BlizzardBolt macrumors 6502

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    :(
    ICS supposedly brought better speech to text integration, was really hoping that it would't require a data connection
     
  11. mrat93 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Well, yeah, but it takes half as much time to make a phone call through the Phone app than it would take to turn of Siri in Settings.

    I'm imagining it where if the phone cannot connect to Siri for whatever reason, it tries to execute the command in Voice Control.
     
  12. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    That would really be confusing to users. Because voice control revolves around preset commands, and doesn't have AI. This would tarnish Siri's satisfaction among people who often don't have bars.

    Plus, let's just face it; voice control sucked!
     
  13. mrat93 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    It wouldn't be confusing if it were all automatic:

    User: "Call John Doe."

    *Takes a while to connect."

    Siri: "Hold on a second..."

    *Cannot connect.*

    *Checks to see if command can be executed in Voice Control (While still showing Siri.)*

    If it can:
    Siri: "Calling John Doe."

    If it can't:
    Siri: "I am having trouble connecting to the network."
     

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