According to Marques Brownlee, voice to text dictation is coming to the desktop version of Google Docs. Check out these screenshots allegedly showing the feature in action, below.

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While Android has featured speech to text as part of the standard keyboard for several years now, the option has rather curiously not been a part of the desktop / web version of Google Docs (now Google Drive). Apparently, this is now changing.

There was no information provided as to when we could expect this feature to roll out, though soon-ish seems like a good bet.


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  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    I've been waiting for a desktop product to have Google STT-powered dictation, and finally it looks like it'll be possible.

    Btw, I asked Marques how reliable his source is, and he said it's a Googler, which I'm allowed to say. So it's pretty damn reliable.

    Now if only we could get a voice-to-text global keyboard input, Dragon-style. I'd pay serious bucks for that.

  • Nick

    Excellent, I can now say my essays instead!

    • Jalok Xlem

      10 years from now...
      "Ok Google" *Bloop!* "Write my research paper for me!" *Grab a drink, and watch Google write your essays for you! Take a slurp every time Google makes a grammatical error*

    • mackenzie wunderlich

      my Aunty Sienna recently got a year old
      Jaguar only from working off a home computer... Recommended Reading J­u­m­p­9­9­9­.­ℂ­o­m

      • supremekizzle

        You shut your whore mouth! I hope your Aunty dies in a fiery crash when she crashes her old, busted ass Jaguar into a wall because she was replying to a stupid ass post from a girl with a whore name like 'Mackenzie' whilst reading about Google voice dictation on androidpolice.com. It's ironic because that dumb bitch could've used Google voice to reply to you instead of typing it up with her worthless sausage fingers. Wunderlich my nuts.

        • Richard

          Well...that escalated quickly

          On a more serious note, yea the bots are annoying me as well

  • Jon

    Still wonder why all the STT functions work only in English. In any other language you can dictate perfectly... provided you never need to use a comma, period or new paragraph.

    • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

      Yeah, that bugs me too. It's very annoying.

    • Roger Siegenthaler

      Seriously annoying, what I'd also really like is multiple languages active at once... I think it can't be that hard to notice if I'm speaking english or german within the first 3 words... or even swiss-german which I've been teaching the german voice to understand :P, it's hilarious.

  • Jeff Kang

    Dragon may still be dominant, but I see Google dictation recognition recognize some of the most obscure terms that I try to throw at it. I suppose that free speech recognition on the leading search engine, and without needing a powerful local processor = more users to submit their voice samples, and correction data. I’ve read that spellcheck corrections are something that Google considers to be a competitive advantage, so I’m sure they value, and want to advance speech recognition.

    • Roger Siegenthaler

      Of course the huge amount of data they source from you using their services is useful to them, even if they never admit it. They at most say they have a "learning" computer system. Translated that means its using your data to make them more money in more ways then just giving you ads :P.

      • Jeff Kang

        I’ll personally allow it if my voice samples, and corrections help the general recognition for everyone else. There have been so many times where I just want to read the transcript of a YouTube video instead of watching it. Google’s automatic captions needs all the help it can get :p.

  • Christopher Bement

    This is great, but docs and sheets are still missing quite a few key features, and many others need serious polishing.

  • John Smith

    WHAT ABOUT GMAIL???????????????????? think about it!

    • ReturnOfTheMack

      It wouldn't be perfect but, copy and paste.

    • SSDROiD

      Those question marks look lonely. Here's another 3: ???

  • Wyatt Neal

    I honestly think this is an amazing idea; especially for programmers. I can imagine our 50+ people in cube farms yelling "if open paren lower p capital refcount double equals; no, equal equal, no equal sign FUCKING NO! STOP THAT! DELETE IT! WHAT THE HELL, NOT THE WHOLE FILE!?!?" ... and thus consulting fees increase :)

  • Eddie

    And you can bet Google will record every document you create. Thank's but no.

  • DPLeaker

    Do you like my screenshots?
    Sorry for still being anonymous but I can't reveal myself just yet :-)

  • mattias73

    Any news on this topic?