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Google Search for Android Receives Offline Voice Recognition Update
It hasn't been so long since Google launched the 4.2.2v Android Jelly Bean for Nexus devices. Google surprised Android users again with a new update for the Google Voice Search recently. The update adds a whole new feature to the voice search - Offline voice recognition for third party apps. With the new update, android users can now use voice commands in third party applications, without internet connection.
Developers will be able to add offline voice recognition features to third party apps, but the catch is that this will work offline only on android devices running on Jelly Bean. However, the app can be installed in Gingerbread and higher versions. An app that can use this feature is already available in the Google Play Store and goes by the name ‘Utter!'. ‘Utter!' is a free app supporting offline voice recognition. Not too many apps are there that support this feature though, but users can rest easy as new apps will soon come out that take advantage of this feature.
After installing the 1.8 MB Utter! users will be able to use voice commands to make their smartphones perform various tasks, offline. The application runs in the background and its interface can be accessed either by shaking the handset, waving it or simply by pressing a button. Afterwards the user will be able to give voice commands. However, they need to set up their language settings first.
All they have to do is download the offline speech recognition files from the voice settings in Google Now. Users who prefer privacy can remain at ease as the new update doesn't upload their personal information to Google's servers.