I'm confused... My Motorola Droid (US version of the Milestone) is running 2.1, and I have the option for voice input on all text fields. On the virtual keyboard, just to the left of the space bar (where the comma was in version 2.0) there is a microphone key that enables voice input. Of course, you have to press the key to call it, so I am not sure how good that would be for blind people, but the functionality is certainly there to leverage.
I'm sorry - I reread your problem and I think I missed the point with my suggestions. Since you are getting the error "Recognizer not present", it sounds like your Milestone is missing voice recognition. I searched around and it looks like Milestones in several countries (Germany, Italy, Argentina, ...) do not have voice recognition capabilities even in 2.1. I have not been able to find anything oficial about this - just messages on boards.
Thanks for your answer.
Yeah, that's the problem. My Milestone comes from Italy, and has no voice recognition capabilities. I have thought about an application which records the voice, and sends it to a service. So, this service (on a server) processes the voice, and returns the "text" (a string) to the Android application.
Has anyone tried something like that?
I just get to your post and found you wonder about the same limitation that I had. but yesterday I was looking for the new applications on the market ( which by the way are just the free ones since I from venezuela ) and there was this one calles speak n' send. It take dictation and the text comming from that voice can be used for a SMS, twitter, mail, etc.
Of course, the app doesnīt work right away. It says that you need to have installed a complement ( this is the intresting part ) and gives you two choices. One for downloading it from the android market... and hitting that takes you to nowere because thatīs probably the reason we all coulnīt install it before because is not avilable in the market for foreing countries... and a Second option to get the complement from the developer server. The second option allow me to get the file VoiceSearch.apk and after installing it I get to use the application for taking dictations and it worked pretty well, and I speak to it in spanish.
Then I open my keyboard ( the phisical one ) and start typing and as the search widget showed up it had the voice button at the right.... tested and worked too.
Right now Iīm looking for a way to enable the voice function on the virtual keyboard. but hope this helps you.
If I found anything else I'll let you know... but as this post is some weeks old maeby you allready found a solution or give up ( hope not )
p.d. sorry for my terrible english.
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Originally Posted by kayzzer
Right now Iīm looking for a way to enable the voice function on the virtual keyboard.
It certainly helped me! I'm in Canada where the voice recognition engine was also disabled.
Search Android Market for something called "better keyboard"(2.99USD). With the voice data (on unit (Settings/Text-to-speech/Install voice data)) installed along with Speak n' Send & VoiceSearch.apk that you mentioned I now have the microphone on the virtual keyboard in all text entry fields.
There is another called "Uber Keyboard" that has a 7 day free trial. I haven't tried it but the description shows the microphone and says the voice recognition works in all apps.
Thank you so much to all who contributed to this thread!!!
It totally saved my life!!!
You see, i bought Smart Keyboard PRO (absolutely recommend this all-in-one multi-language keyboard) for its EXCELLENT implementation of Google voice recognition, but i discovered it didn't work on my Milestone XT720 (singapore) due to the missing Voicesearch.apk (you see, i had tried it out on my friend's LG Optimus One).