Success! I have found a simple and reasonably accurate speech-to-text converter that I
can use with my Android mobile phone (a Moto G5) to ‘read’ a message left on the landline answerphone. It’s called SpeechNotes, which is available from the Google Play Store. It’s free, with the option of upgrading to the premium version.
Here’s how I use it:
- Open SpeechNotes on the mobile
- Press ‘play’ on the answerphone and hold the mobile close so that the receiver faces the source of sound.
- When the recorded message has finished (or, at least, when I think it has!), turn the mobile screen so that I can read it. And there, my friends, are the words of the message.
To date, I have tried it only once, and it was a nuisance/marketing message of no importance in itself, but a breakthrough for me when I read these words on the mobile screen:
Message 10: UK major banks are offering start your claim now
I got the gist of the message, and that was the important thing. I ‘shared’ it to OneNote, so that I had a record, and then deleted the message on the answerphone. You can ‘share’ your notes by email, text message, or a notepad like OneNote.
SpeechNotes was developed as an aid to dictating or writing notes. I have now tried its note-writing capability and can report that it is excellent and very accurate. (You just have to remember to speak the punctuation marks.)
In my view, this app has tremendous potential for speech-to-text conversion for anyone who is as deaf as I am. I hope you will find it useful too.