News by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday March 27, 2013.
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As fantastic as it has been the past few days to use Google Keep's voice transcription feature, I'm not quite prepared to give up Evernote. Thankfully, Android's structure makes it possible to automatically transcribe notes with Evernote and other apps. Here's how to do it on Android 4.1 devices.
Android allows for alternative applications to communicate with each other or default features of the OS. The recent debut of Keep has exposed to developers that there are actually ways to tap into the same voice dictation services Google Keep uses and make it easier to create notes on the fly. So rather than launch Evernote and search for the Voice Notes option which only has a recording that I can access later, I can choose to bypass that feature and go straight to a speech-to-text option using the following steps.
Step 1. Download a compatible app
Though Android makes dictation accessible from Google Now, it does not automate the connection. So far, Evernote, Catch, and Notif Pro are among the apps that have been proven to work with this feature, but Gmail also works in case you only care about having the text stored somewhere. (Android 4.0 users can also use Voice Actions to send notes through Gmail.)
Step 2. Tap the Google Now icon
Say "Note to self" when prompted to speak and then begin dictating the message that you wish to have transcribed. The note will be saved and then made available to be sent to other apps.
Step 3. Select your desired app
Choose Catch, Evernote, NotifPro, or whatever other app meets your needs. Select "Always" so the "Note to self" command will automatically register in the future and subsequent notes will be imported.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.