You can speak faster than you can type, but very few of us actually do so to interact with our devices. Apple tried to help us out with Siri, but didn’t provide the backend infrastructure needed for it to truly be useful. Google, Microsoft, and tons of third party apps are trying their own implementations with tons of features. Still, it comes down to simplicity, and accuracy, and the app Kool tries to nail both. It’s a speech to text app that focuses on a simple interface first, and foremost with a single button to tap for the app to start recognizing your speech.
Once you’re done speaking, you tap a single button to see the text results, and then you have a ton of options. You can bring up the keyboard to edit any incongruencies, or type out more words, and you can also extended your entry with another voice session. Once you have the text you want, you can then e-mail, text, tweet, post to Facebook, or send to WhatsApp. There’s also the ability to copy the text, and paste it any other app you please. If that wasn’t enough, the app can also translate over 30 different languages to text. The biggest takeaway is the overall accuracy in the text rendered from your voice to actually make the app worth using, rather than just a neat idea.
Kool ($1.99 -> Free, iPhone) is a well made utility that actually works to make speech to text simple, and accurate.