Kõnele

Speech-to-text provider
New in version 1.8.14
- Assign the built-in services to a separate process.
This solves the long-standing permission issue on Android 11.
It is still recommended to use a separate service like "Kõnele service" for possibly more features and improved configurability.
- IME: change UI mode by vertical dragging (instead of pressing the lower-right-corner button). The height (and thus the mode) of the IME is stored per app.
- IME: lower-right-corner button is now only a microphone button (but invisible in the default
Kõnele is an app that offers speech-to-text user interfaces to other apps. Many apps contain a text area or a text field (e.g. a message box or a search bar) that can be edited using the input method editor (IME), aka the on-screen keyboard. Kõnele provides an IME that is optimized for speech input. Modalities like swiping and buttons are also supported, for situations where speaking is less convenient. Many apps (e.g. intelligent assistants, navigation apps) also contain a microphone button that is linked to the standard Android speech recognition activity. Kõnele provides an implementation of this activity, and uses it itself as a launcher.

Kõnele can connect to any speech recognition service available on the device but by default uses, and is optimized for Kõnele service (https://github.com/Kaljurand/K6nele-service), a separate lightweight app whose backing server runs the kaldi-gstreamer-server (https://github.com/alumae/kaldi-gstreamer-server) software. The default server operates from Tallinn and provides Estonian speech recognition, but the software is easy to deploy elsewhere (e.g. a private network) and customize for other languages.

(Note that Kõnele also includes a simpler version of "Kõnele service" under the name "Kõnele (fast recognition)".)

Versions

Although APK downloads are available below to give you the choice, you should be aware that by installing that way you will not receive update notifications and it's a less secure way to download. We recommend that you install the F-Droid client and use that.

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  • Version 1.8.14 (1814) suggested Added on 2022-02-20

    This version requires Android 5.0 or newer.

    It is built and signed by F-Droid, and guaranteed to correspond to this source tarball.

    Permissions
    • record audio
      This app can record audio using the microphone while the app is in use.
    • have full network access
      Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.
    • read the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to read the contents of your shared storage.
    • set an alarm
      Allows the app to set an alarm in an installed alarm clock app. Some alarm clock apps may not implement this feature.
    • access Do Not Disturb
      Allows the app to read and write Do Not Disturb configuration.
    • query all packages
      Allows an app to see all installed packages.
    • ee.ioc.phon.android.speak.permission.FETCH_URL

    Download APK 1.9 MiB PGP Signature | Build Log

  • Version 1.8.10 (1810) - Added on 2021-10-31

    This version requires Android 5.0 or newer.

    It is built and signed by F-Droid, and guaranteed to correspond to this source tarball.

    Permissions
    • record audio
      This app can record audio using the microphone while the app is in use.
    • have full network access
      Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.
    • read the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to read the contents of your shared storage.
    • set an alarm
      Allows the app to set an alarm in an installed alarm clock app. Some alarm clock apps may not implement this feature.
    • access Do Not Disturb
      Allows the app to read and write Do Not Disturb configuration.
    • query all packages
      Allows an app to see all installed packages.
    • ee.ioc.phon.android.speak.permission.FETCH_URL

    Download APK 1.6 MiB PGP Signature | Build Log

  • Version 1.8.00 (1800) - Added on 2021-05-29

    This version requires Android 5.0 or newer.

    It is built and signed by F-Droid, and guaranteed to correspond to this source tarball.

    Permissions
    • record audio
      This app can record audio using the microphone while the app is in use.
    • have full network access
      Allows the app to create network sockets and use custom network protocols. The browser and other applications provide means to send data to the internet, so this permission is not required to send data to the internet.
    • read the contents of your shared storage
      Allows the app to read the contents of your shared storage.
    • set an alarm
      Allows the app to set an alarm in an installed alarm clock app. Some alarm clock apps may not implement this feature.
    • access Do Not Disturb
      Allows the app to read and write Do Not Disturb configuration.
    • query all packages
      Allows an app to see all installed packages.
    • ee.ioc.phon.android.speak.permission.FETCH_URL

    Download APK 1.6 MiB PGP Signature | Build Log