Convert voice to text simply with Voice Chat for BBM - available for BlackBerry smartphones

By James Richardson on 24 Sep 2012 04:19 pm
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As BlackBerry users I am pretty sure that one of the features we all use the most is BBM. I am also quite sure that most of us don't bother sending voice notes via BBM, even though we have the ability to do so. As BlackBerry people we love to type right?

Well if sending voice messages is your thing there is now a new app dedicated to making the process just that little bit easier - Voice Chat for BBM. Now, it won't be to everyones liking and to be honest I will more than likely never use it but there will be folk out there that will so this one is for you.

"Powered by iSpeech" (whatever that is) Voice Chat for BBM works like this: Select a BBM contact, press your BlackBerry menu button and select to 'speak' option. This will open the app where it will automatically start recording your voice. Once finished just press the 'done' button and the speech will be converted to text in your BBM chat - simple.

With so many different accents around the world the app does take some getting used too and I can't guarantee how good it is at recognising accents. If I spoke slowly and clearly it seemed to work ok but talking at normal speed I had a few problems as you can see in the video. Voice Chat for BBM will set you back $0.99 so although not expensive I suppose you need to weigh up whether it is a feature you will actually use.

More information/Download Voice Chat for BBM for BlackBerry smartphones

15 comments

Guyzer

Love how the app almost works. Voice notes is the working alternative

NamelessStar

i like voice notes better i used it alot when my wife was out of the country saved on LD calls :P that plus BBM messages lol

Matr00

If anyone doesn't know this:

Remember that if you set the left convenience key to BBM, pressing it while on the contacts or chats list or in a chat automatically starts the voice note recorder, and the next time you press it finishes to record and it sends the note.

(It needs a recent version of bbm to work so, though)

mousii

Thank you for sharing. I will definitely give it a try

mortys11

wow

amateur hour is over?

looks like an encore to me!

RoseBud68

James you really need to test these App before doing a video. Its not very assuring.

Bold_until_Hybrid_Comes

And what not show us how it works with real world talking? I prefer this over a staged, practiced sentence. Shows us that it works pretty well but not perfect.

gkl

Vlingo is still free, right? Check.

toobs623

For the record james ispeech makes translation apps, although to be honest I've always found them mediocre.

Jimcmf

You have toooooo strong of an accent..
You need to slow down a bit.

Xopher

Since iSpeech makes Vlingo, I already have this feature on my BB. It does come in handy now and then, but I will still reach for the keyboard more often than the convenience key.

Xopher

Since iSpeech makes Vlingo, I already have this feature on my BB. It does come in handy now and then, but I will still reach for the keyboard more often than the convenience key.

seemsixty7

I find this amusing in that the technology is pretty cool, but correct me if I'm wrong. Isn't this what the "Phone" part of our Blackberry is for, grin. you can talk and hear their voice and they can hear yours. LOL

Thachoc1

I agree, it is cool. But honestly, do you have every one of your BBM contacts phone numbers? You do know some people have hundreds of contacts. Voice Notes are the best option. And its definitely faster than this app.