Speaking Jelly Bean [UPDATE]

[UPDATE] Version 2.3.1 of Speak Here Now is now showing up in the Play Store. This version should work on Jelly Bean and previous devices. Feel free to let me know if you experience any other issues.

So it seems Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) has made a few changes to the way some of the voice controls work. Because of this, you may experience some problems if using Speak Here Now on a Jelly Bean device. I'm currently pushing out an update to fix the issue, but I takes some time for it to propagate across the Google servers.

Thank you for your patience as I fix this issue. Feel free to let me know of any additional issues in the comments, or by emailing me at doeiqts@gmail.com.

Remember to Speak Here Now

Version 2.1 of Speak Here Now just got released on the Android Market. This update includes the ability to dictate a task and have it added to your Remember The Milk lists.

Simply say, "REMEMBER" + [whatever your task is]

For example, "Remember cat food tomorrow list shopping." This will add the task "Cat food" to your list Shopping and set the due date for tomorrow. Hopefully this will make it even easier to never forget anything.

You can download the newest version from the link at the bottom of this page.

 

And if you're a developer, remember to check out how you can enable your application to respond to custom commands from Speak Here Now. You can find out more about that here.

Introducing the Speak Here Now Platform

I'm happy to announce that a new version of Speak Here Now is out on the Android Market, and with it comes the Speak Here Now Platform.

Now any developer can use the Speak Here Now Platform to enable voice commands in their own application. When a user opens Speak Here Now and says a command, Speak Here Now will send out a custom intent based upon that command and any other application can be set to receive it. You can find out how to incorperate this into your own application on the Speak Here Now page.

In addition to making this an extendable platform, I've also updated how the Speak Here Now app itself is used. Instead of having a widget that you use to get to the voice prompt you can either just click on the application itself (there's no more white instruction page) or you can long press the Search button at the bottom of your phone. Hopefully this will make it easier to use the app when you need it, rather than just from the home screen.

I have also included the Google Voice Search command "listen to" in this version of Speak Here Now and it works the same as Google's original command. This way you don't have to switch voice applications each time you want to do something different. I'm considering adding all of the existing Voice Search commands, assuming that I can get all the intents that are used and their formatting. Google may not have published this for all of them, so we'll see. That's another reason I wanted to make Speak Here Now a platform, so that other could build upon what's already been done, and not have to reinvent the wheel.

You can download Speak Here Now from the menu on the right.

Speak Here Now

This is a project I've been excited about for a while now. Speak Here Now in its current form is a simple and elegant way to tweet completely with your voice.

You simply add the Speak Here Now widget to your home screen and then when you touch it you can speak your tweet, have it read back to you for errors, and give the OK to send it to your followers all with your voice.

This is pretty cool, and should help people keep their eyes on whatever they need to be doing and still be able to tweet. But what I'm really excited about is that this application will extend beyond just tweeting soon. There will be a growing list of commands that you'll be able to activate with your voice, similar to Google's Voice Actions.

However, unlike Google's Voice Actions, I will be making this extendable so you can write your own voice commands into your applications. Soon I will publish the Intent format so that your applications can start responding to spoken commands.

For now, I hope you enjoy being able to tweet hands free. Please feel free to let me know what commands you'd like to see in the future, as more are on their way. You can download the application to the right and see more about it here.