Chapter 19. Speech

Mobile phones have always been on the cutting edge of new user interface (UI) paradigms. With limited screen real estate and the need of users to complete tasks quickly while on the run, solutions that might have worked well on a desktop computer must be rethought or thrown out entirely. Until recently, however, most of the innovation in mobile phone interaction focused on tactile input—ways for users to control the phone by using their fingers, whether via a physical keyboard, a stylus pen, or a capacitive touch screen. The advent of speech as a means of interacting with modern smartphones is exciting not just for the existing tasks it makes easier (for example, saying, “Call Terry Adams at home,” to initiate a phone call) ...

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