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Sony's Voice Balloon Photo app launching now - what's next for voice recognition?
Sony has launched a new camera app with an interesting feature – while taking a photo, it listens to the world around you and automatically converts any recognized words into speech balloons within the image. The app is called Voice Balloon Photo and is available now for Sony’s Xperia devices running Android 4.4 KitKat.
Voice Balloon Photo is a fun little enhancement to Sony’s camera app offerings. Simply fire up Voice Balloon Photo and allow the app to recognize voices around you. Those voices will be converted into speech balloons on screen. Snap your photo and save the ambiance of a moment along with the image itself.
Voice Balloon Photo is free in the Google Play Store. The timing of the launch also works very well for Xperia users, as Sony just began pushing out the Android 4.4 KitKat update to a handful of devices, and promised even more for later this year. Take a look here to see if your Xperia device will be getting the KitKat update.
We are inspired by Sony’s innovative use of voice recognition, but inserting chat bubbles into photos could be a tough market to crack. Although there are not many standalone apps that place text onto images, there are many popular full featured photo customization apps that include this feature that users have come to love. The most successful photo apps have plentiful and powerful photo filters and an attached social aspect that seem to have made the difference in terms of success. It is possible that Sony’s innovative take on voice recognition capabilities could set it apart from other photo apps, but we are more intrigued with the idea of continued growth for .
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We’re not sure what’s next for voice recognition, but we are excited to find out. What is the best use of voice recognition on a smartphone that you have used?