Google announced these days, at his Google IO event, that the upcoming Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean” will come with an offline voice recognition engine. Who tested this offline mode, seems to report that it works really good also when used to compose messages, and that it seems to work also for non-english languages! This means that, soon, Voice Control user’s will be finally able to use it completely in offline mode without any restriction compared to the online mode!
This obviously makes me think about the Voice Control embedded offline voice recognition, that requested a lot of work to be functional, and that still needs a lot of work in order to be enough usable, because currently I’m receiving really bad feed-backs from beta testers about this feature, without considering that it was planned to work only with a limited set of commands.
So, considering that Google has developed an offline speech recognition engine that works definitely better than the one embedded inside Voice Control, and that maybe there are some possibilities that the offline mode of the Google’s engine would be also released for non “Jelly Bean” Android versions, I’m planning to freeze and drop any further work on the embedded offline engine, removing it from the upcoming release in order to focus only on improvements of existing and new features.
I hope that this decision will help me to release the next version in less time.