Kõnele

Speech-to-text provider
New in version 1.8.00
- Lift min API level to 21
- Improve mic button colors
- Show selected combos as individual buttons, if at least 3 combos
- Improve help text
- IME/Buttons: Hide rules that do not have a label
- IME/Ops: replaceSel: add 2nd arg "regex" which sets a new selection within the replacement using the first group of the matching regex.
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 while Kõnele also includes the service implementation under the name "Kõnele (fast recognition)", this is known not to work on Android 11. However, installing the service as a separate app avoids this problem.)

Packages

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  • Version 1.8.00 (1800) suggested 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 at any time.
    • 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.
    • android.permission.QUERY_ALL_PACKAGES
    • ee.ioc.phon.android.speak.permission.FETCH_URL

    Download APK 1.6 MiB PGP Signature | Build Log

  • Version 1.7.58 (1758) - Added on 2021-01-29

    This version requires Android 4.1 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 at any time.
    • 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.
    • android.permission.QUERY_ALL_PACKAGES
    • ee.ioc.phon.android.speak.permission.FETCH_URL

    Download APK 1.7 MiB PGP Signature | Build Log

  • Version 1.7.56 (1756) - Added on 2021-01-14

    This version requires Android 4.1 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 at any time.
    • 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.
    • android.permission.QUERY_ALL_PACKAGES
    • ee.ioc.phon.android.speak.permission.FETCH_URL

    Download APK 1.7 MiB PGP Signature | Build Log