If you use Google voice, one of the features you’re probably familiar with is the voice mail transcription service. When someone leaves you a voice mail, Google Voice tries it’s best to transcribe it with it’s speech-to-text engine, then sends you a SMS text summary. Pretty cool idea on paper, right?
When I first started using Google Voice about a year ago, the transcriptions were actually pretty accurate, but lately, the quality has degraded to that of a drunken amputee, who uses his forehead to type on the keyboard.
Let’s look at some samples, shall we?
Note: All typos, capitalizations, missing punctuation, etc is copied from the text messages verbatim.
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"Hey, I don’t think there would have had a regards, talk happily kind. Okay bye."
I’d really be interested to hear any ideas anyone might have about the sudden drop in transcription quality. Any ideas?