Spoken SMS messages converted to type - dicatating

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    When I speak my messages and the droid converts them to typed messages - is that software all on my phone? Or are they sent out and coming back to my phone about 10 seconds later all typewritten? Just curious.
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    You can use this voice software anywhere the microphone is available (on your keypad for example). SMS, Google searches, emails, dropbox, colornote. The list goes on and on. I use it on a lot of different apps when typing isn't convenient.
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    Is the software that makes this magic happen on my phone? Or is it out there somewhere - and the text is coming back to my phone?
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    Software
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    dont worry..the cops need a search warrant.

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    Voice to text on your phone is a combination of internal software and the external Google servers (which is why this will not work without an active data connection). Google is actually doing the translation. This may be contrary to belief but if you turn off the data, or are in an area where you have no data connection or WIFI, (such as when you select Airplane mode) it will result in "Connection problem".
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    I see. It seems you are right. So it seems if I dictate something and don't send it to anyone - because I decide not to send it. And then I set my phone on fire and burn it to a crisp, my message is out there and can be retrieved? Very interesting.
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    Ahh, the old Android SMS Voice to Text Google Translation Covert Message Interception after the phone's been burned to a crisp trick, huh?!
    :icon_eek: That's the second time I've fallen for that this month. :p I'll have to tell 99 about this!

    But seriously, I wouldn't go so far as to say someone could retrieve it. It's an instant return message and in all likelihood the message isn't cached, meaning once it's sent by the Google servers, it's deleted. In other words, there's really no benefit for Google to devote any storage capacity for these instant translation messages since they can't be "retrieved" in the traditional sense of the word, by an FTP request or a URL location, etc. They're probably only held in RAM on the Google servers long enough to assure they've been delivered to the phone from which the request came.

    In order for them to be retrieved by an unauthorized party the person attempting to retrieve them would first have to know long before then that the message was going to be transmitted, then at that precise moment know they've been sent, intercept during the return transmission, and spoof the Google servers to convince them that the spoofing phone is the intended recipient. This is a moment in time that would take a tremendous amount of pre-planning to pull off, and for what?

    If this were being used perhaps to carry information of national security, and it were known well in advance that this information was going to be conveyed, MAYBE a rogue nation MIGHT be able to intercept. Otherwise, I would say anyone who is THAT fearful of their data being intercepted in this method has greater issues than whether Google has access to and is storing such information, and probably shouldn't be using standard SMS or POP3 protocols, etc., to do so.
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    I stand corrected... Thanks :hail: :)
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    Your credit card company knows more about you than the goog ever will. Credit card companies know what you do, where you do it,and in some cases who you did it with. Credit card companies are the true big brother.
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