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crep1291

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Message Posted: Oct 19, 2012 4:13:25 PM

In view of this week's poll results, I think it may be a good idea to add voice control to the mobile app, or at least a way to record comments along with GPS location and date/time. This would make my gas price reports more accurate.
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Don
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2012 3:52:53 PM

I don't think Siri can be accessed by other app developers (as Byte_Doctor has indicated), Siri is an Apple server based application IIRC. Correct me if I'm wrong but Apple has ever had a voice to text feature (where as Android has had this for a few years now, in that respect this is why the Android developers were able to take advantage of this), but Apple has had 'Voice Command'. Any other likely options are (paid) third party applications.

Offhand I think iOS6 has a voice to text entry option for the keyboard, which would be useful for entering comments in the GasBuddy app, but I do not think it can be used for reporting prices.

This is actually a fairly good example of what we mean why we say some features are not available cross-platform.

If the opportunity every presents itself I'm sure the iOS developers will implement voice to text features.

As for Windows Phone and BlackBerry, I'm not overly familiar, that would require a little more research.

Thanks for your feedback.

-Don

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chambleetiger
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2012 4:54:02 PM

this would be a great addition
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Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2012 7:12:17 AM

scoutmaster: I took his post to mean that the feature should be added to both iPhone and Android versions.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2012 6:41:19 AM

That's what I got from his Oct 20, 2012 5:40:51 AM post. I coulda miss-read it.
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Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Oct 21, 2012 9:34:42 PM

scoutmaster: I don't see where nurdco said that, but if he did, as far as I can tell he's wrong. I have an iPhone and use the app, and there is nothing in the app that I can find that allows voice entry.

CampKohler: Apple doesn't let any other app developers access Siri.
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momster1
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Message Posted: Oct 21, 2012 6:17:49 AM

If u can do this, it would b great!
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2012 2:58:50 PM

According to nurdco it's available. I don't have an iPhone.
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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2012 1:42:03 PM

Does iPhone's Siri feature do just what Apple wants it to do, or can app author's program it to suit their apps?
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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2012 1:33:10 PM

As far as I can tell the iPhone app does not have the ability to enter prices by voice entry.
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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2012 1:08:03 PM

Any voice control (voice recognition, actually) feature should also include
1.) an immediate automatic readback of the prices for confirmation that it understood the prices correctly,
2.) a way for the member to confirm and submit the price, else that particular station's report is postponed, and
3.) a recording feature to capture the voice in case a station's prices were not interpreted correctly, so that the prices could be played back later for manual entry.

Scrap: Is there a similar feature on the iPhone app?


[Edited by: CampKohler at 10/20/2012 1:10:34 PM EST]
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2012 8:47:45 AM

Since there already is voice on the apps, this isn't a valid suggestion.
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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2012 6:52:59 AM

While there is the ability to enter prices by voice on the Android app, it actually requires more attention than a text entry and is pretty useless, except as a novelty to see how it works.
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nurdco
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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2012 5:40:51 AM

Needs to BE Android and iPhone VERSIONs
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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Oct 19, 2012 9:40:19 PM

This suggestion has been added to the Suggestion Tracking List as a new subject.

Maybe this suggestion could be combined with mine. Meanwhile, you can use the voice recorder app (standard on the iPhone).
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Message Posted: Oct 19, 2012 4:23:53 PM

The mobile app on the Android has voice price entry.
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