Offline Speech Recognition In Android (JellyBean)

It looks as though Google has made offline speech recognition available from Google Now for third-party apps. It is being used by the app named Utter.

Has anyone seen any implementations of how to do simple voice commands with this offline speech rec? Do you just use the regular SpeechRecognizer API and it works automatically?

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    Google did quietly enable offline recognition in that Search update, but there is (as yet) no API or additional parameters available within the SpeechRecognizer class. {See Edit at the bottom of this post} The functionality is available with no additional coding, however the user’s device will need to be configured correctly for it to begin working and this is where the problem lies and I would imagine why a lot of developers assume they are ‘missing something’.

    Also, Google have restricted certain Jelly Bean devices from using the offline recognition due to hardware constraints. Which devices this applies to is not documented, in fact, nothing is documented, so configuring the capabilities for the user has proved to be a matter of trial and error (for them). It works for some straight away – For those that it doesn’t, this is the ‘guide’ I supply them with.

    1. Make sure the default Android Voice Recogniser is set to Google not
    2. Uninstall any offline recognition files you already have installed
      from the Google Voice Search Settings
    3. Go to your Android Application Settings and see if you can uninstall
      the updates for the Google Search and Google Voice Search
    4. If you can’t do the above, go to the Play Store see if you have the
      option there.
    5. Reboot (if you achieved 2, 3 or 4)
    6. Update Google Search and Google Voice Search from the Play Store (if
      you achieved 3 or 4 or if an update is available anyway).
    7. Reboot (if you achieved 6)
    8. Install English UK offline language files
    9. Reboot
    10. Use utter! with a connection
    11. Switch to aeroplane mode and give it a try
    12. Once it is working, the offline recognition of other languages,
      such as English US should start working too.

    EDIT: Temporarily changing the device locale to English UK also seems to kickstart this to work for some.

    Some users reported they still had to reboot a number of times before it would begin working, but they all get there eventually, often inexplicably to what was the trigger, the key to which are inside the Google Search APK, so not in the public domain or part of AOSP.

    From what I can establish, Google tests the availability of a connection prior to deciding whether to use offline or online recognition. If a connection is available initially but is lost prior to the response, Google will supply a connection error, it won’t fall-back to offline. As a side note, if a request for the network synthesised voice has been made, there is no error supplied it if fails – You get silence.

    The Google Search update enabled no additional features in Google Now and in fact if you try to use it with no internet connection, it will error. I mention this as I wondered if the ability would be withdrawn as quietly as it appeared and therefore shouldn’t be relied upon in production.

    If you intend to start using the SpeechRecognizer class, be warned, there is a pretty major bug associated with it, which require your own implementation to handle.

    Not being able to specifically request offline = true, makes controlling this feature impossible without manipulating the data connection. Rubbish. You’ll get hundreds of user emails asking you why you haven’t enabled something so simple!

    EDIT: Since API level 23 a new parameter has been added EXTRA_PREFER_OFFLINE which the Google recognition service does appear to adhere to.

    Hope the above helps.

    I would like to improve the guide that the answer sends to its users, with images. It is the sentence “For those that it doesn’t, this is the ‘guide’ I supply them with.” that I want to improve.

    The user should click on the four buttons highlighted in blue in these images:

    Go to your Android Application Settings, select Languages and input, edit Settings of Google Voice typing, select Download Offline speech recognition,
    select your languages in the ALL tab.

    Then the user can select any desired languages. When the download is done, he should disconnect from network, and then click on the “microphone” button of the keyboard.

    It worked for me (android 4.1.2), then language recognition worked out of the box, without rebooting. I can now dictates instructions to the shell of Terminal Emulator ! And it is twice faster offline than online, on a padfone 2 from ASUS.

    These images are licensed under cc by-sa 3.0 with attribution required to ; you may hence add these images anywhere along with this attribution.

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    A simple and flexible offline recognition on Android is implemented by CMUSphinx, an open source speech recognition toolkit. It works purely offline, fast and configurable It can listen continuously for keyword, for example.

    You can find latest code and tutorial here.

    In short, I don’t have the implementation, but the explanation.

    Google did not make offline speech recognition available to third party apps. Offline recognition is only accessable via the keyboard. Ben Randall (the developer of utter!) explains his workaround in an article at Android Police:

    I had implemented my own keyboard and was switching between Google
    Voice Typing and the users default keyboard with an invisible edit
    text field and transparent Activity to get the input. Dirty hack!

    This was the only way to do it, as offline Voice Typing could only be
    triggered by an IME or a system application
    (that was my root hack) .
    The other type of recognition API … didn’t trigger it and just failed
    with a server error. … A lot of work wasted for me on the workaround!
    But at least I was ready for the implementation…

    From Utter! Claims To Be The First Non-IME App To Utilize Offline Voice Recognition In Jelly Bean

    I successfully implemented my Speech-Service with offline capabilities by using onPartialResults when offline and onResults when online.

    I was dealing with this and I noticed that you need to install the offline package for your Language. My language setting was “Español (Estados Unidos)” but there is not offline package for that language, so when I turned off all network connectivity I was getting an alert from RecognizerIntent saying that can’t reach Google, then I change the language to “English (US)” (because I already have the offline package) and launched the RecognizerIntent it just worked out.

    Keys: Language setting == Offline Voice Recognizer Package

    It is apparently possible to manually install offline voice recognition by downloading the files directly and installing them in the right locations manually. I guess this is just a way to bypass Google hardware requirements.
    However, personally I didn’t have to reboot or anything, simply changing to UK and back again did it.

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