An Efficient Approach to Mobile Messaging

Wednesday, January 05, 2011 09:38
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An Efficient Approach to Mobile Messaging

Millions of smartphone owners use texting to communicate with others. Now there's a more efficient way to send messages to your contacts.

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I have a problem with texting; it's not a terribly efficient method to send messages to others.

As an alternative, I've been using the Dragon Dictation app on my iPad to perform speech-to-text conversion so I don't need to type anything in for my messages.

I can speak two to three times faster than I can type or text. But still, I have to correct some of the words Dragon translates, and either send the message from inside Dragon or copy and paste the text into my text messaging window.

With a new mobile app called HeyTell, you can now avoid the cumbersome text messaging steps.

With HeyTell installed, just hold down the talk button and record your message. Choose the recipient to send the message and you're done. Your recipient gets a push notification and can listen to your message inside the HeyTell app.

I like the ability to send messages without having to touch a keyboard. While I am a competent typist, nothing beats the speed of being able to dictate and record your messages.

Comments (2)

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islanderbaw
Hi Bill . . . I'm familiar with Dragon and BTW Android devices have "speech-to-text" built-in; work really well.

I have to say, as a message "receiver" I really prefer text messages; fast and easy. True there is always the possible "tone" loss that comes with an e-mail or text messaging that is clear in a voice message but I really don't have the time to listen to a lot of voice messages. Plus as text messages there are the many advantages of immediate transfer of names, phone, addresses into my contact database, easy GPS location capability when needed, one-click browser, etc.

Both have their place . . . Thanx for the heads-up on Hey Tell.
islanderbaw , January 06, 2011
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billwinterberg
@islanderbaw

Thank you for your comment. I do agree that as a message receiver, it's convenient to see message text rather than having to listen to a device for 10-15 seconds.

I'm willing to be that version 2.0 of HeyTell or some other company will offer message transcription for all incoming messages, just like Google Voice does today. While the transcription isn't 100% perfect, it typically is good enough to get the overall topic of the message, and without having to listen to the message.
billwinterberg , January 07, 2011

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