Speech-to-text services and tools are very popular, as they make it easy to perform many tasks through voice typing, all you have to do is speak and the tool you use will record what you say as a transcript that you can search and edit easily.
For example: If you are attending a videoconferencing, or meeting with your team, it may be very helpful to have a transcript of that meeting that is easy to search, edit, and share with team members at any time.
There are some applications that rely on artificial intelligence to convert speech into text, such as: Rev, And Otter.aiIt provides many powerful features, such as: the ability to listen to more than one voice at the same time, identify texts that need to be corrected, or integrate directly with video communication applications, such as: Zoom.
But these applications require a subscription to access all of their features, so if you are looking for a free tool, there are some tools that Google provides for free to help you convert speech to text easily.
1- Google Docs voice typing features:
You can write with your voice in Google Docs, where speaking is three times faster and more accurate than handwriting, and you can also edit and format texts using your voice.
Note: This feature is only available in Google Docs when you use it in the Google Chrome browser.
- Activate the microphone in your device.
- Go to docs.google.com, Then open a new document.
- In the menu bar, click on the (Tools) option.
- Click on the option (voice typing).
- A microphone icon will appear, at the top of a drop-down menu in which you can choose the language you speak, and this feature supports Arabic with different dialects.
- To write what you’re saying click on the microphone where it will turn red, and start transcribing what you say, so you must speak clearly, and at normal volume to get a good text.
- When done, tap on the microphone again to stop recording.
Once you start the copy feature, you cannot leave the Google Docs page, otherwise the feature will stop automatically. For example: if you were blogging a meeting via Zoom, and you took seconds from Google Docs to look at your email, you have to go back to Google Docs again, and click on the microphone again to complete the recording.
2- Using the Google Live Transcribe app:
(Live Transcribe) is an application for Android devices from Google that works to convert conversations into texts in real time. Google originally designed it to help people who are deaf or hard of hearing to participate easily in conversations, as people with hearing impairment can During the smartphone you get a direct text transmission of what the speaker is saying, and people who cannot speak, have the option to use the keyboard.
The Live Transcribe application relies on automatic speech recognition technology, Google’s artificial intelligence features to improve technology, and supports more than 80 languages and dialects, and quickly switches between two languages.
The app also keeps a copy of the text on your device for up to three days, and if you want to keep the text longer than that, you can simply copy and paste it into a document.
Live Transcribe app is freely available for Android device users in store Google Play.