Google Docs adds Hindi Voice Dictation, Research Tool and More
The year 2015 has been a quite busy time for Google and a time when the giant is undergoing a lot of changes within its look and functioning. They have recently unveiled their new Google logo and introduced a number of exciting features.
Few call this an excellent timing since this would be the time when American new academic year would begin. This would be the time when the search engine would be used the most. This feature would allow the users to type their content just by using dictation.
The feature in context is known as ‘Voice Typing’ and it has already been added to the Google Docs. If you want to check out this feature, you just need to open a new document on Google Docs and open the ‘Tools’ menu. Under tools menu, you would find an option saying, ‘Voice Typing’. Simply click on that option and it would direct you to use the feature in 40 different languages.
There is certainly good news for Indians too, since the feature would also include Hindi as a language. The only thing that you need to have in order to use the feature is a microphone attached to your computer/notebook.
Adding to this great news, Google has also added few more powerful new features to the famous Google’s cloud based office suite. All this, in totality is going to make these applications a more enthralling and super-friendly tool to be used in classrooms.
One of the major challenges that we can see as of now is that the Google Docs is not set in place for Android application and this would certainly be a limitation for students or users who want to use this feature on an Android phone. If someone has to use this feature, they can only use it on Google Chrome browser.
Coming back to Google’s voice typing feature, it is going to type only the words that you say. This would, however, miss the punctuations, which is a noticeable limitation of the feature. This way, users can get the content, but would have to redraft the content with proper punctuation marks, that would certainly affect the accuracy of speech recording.
If the Google’s voice typing has to be used accurately, with what the user is saying, the speaker would have to dictate the text along with punctuations like comma, periods and other punctuation marks. This may or may not change the way speeches would be delivered in the classroom, for that matter.
We can notice that Google had also made few interesting updates to its sheets and slides. The Google’s Android App would now allow users to pull in images, quotes and facts along with more from the Google Search. The search engine giant has added few pre-designed templates for Google Slides, Docs and Sheets.
The company clearly envisages that these major changes to the voice typing and addition of other features is aimed at increasing a better experience in the classroom and that the users can use the tools more in real time. This would enable users to research the web while they are taking notes in the classroom and working on their word processors while their lectures are being documented automatically.
This feature is also said to increase the number of tablets and Smartphones being used in the classrooms. Analysts believe that this would increase the number of tablets being used in every corner of the world and would positively impact the overall sales of tablets. This would be a boon to the tablet market not only in America and other developed nations, but also in developing nations.
With such initiative and innovation, Google certainly shows us that it is committed to organize the world’s information, as mentioned in its mission. This would be the true and better use of technology for a better tomorrow in which students and teachers would be able to make the best out of available technology which giants like Google are bestowing with us.