Speech Recognition: Dragon Anywhere vs. Google Docs

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I recently had the opportunity to do a review on Dragon Anywhere from Nuance. At the same time I was doing the review for Dragon Anywhere, I recalled seeing an announcement/article where you can now do continuous speech recognition into Google Docs. This sparked the concept that Dragon Anywhere and Google Docs could be poised against each other. So how does Dragon Anywhere compare to Google Docs?

One of the first things you have to do is compare what the two offerings provide.

Dragon Anywhere

Dragon Anywhere is a new release from Nuance. The main benefit is the continuous speech recognition engine that use with Dragon NaturallySpeaking. If you’re an existing user of Dragon NaturallySpeaking, it’s like having DragonPad for a mobile device.

Additional features of Dragon Anywhere is that it can synchronize the documents created with the mobile device with cloud storage so that you can have your remotely created documents available on your PC, or wherever you’re going.

Dragon Anywhere is a subscription-based service where the customer/user pays either $15 a month or $150 a year for its services.

  • Excellent speech recognition
  • The ability to issue commands; bold, correct that, select that, cap, scratch, that, etc.
  • Ability to sync speech profiles and auto texts
  • Cloud storage / sync ability [via DropBox]

Google Docs

Google Docs is an online service provided by Google. The primary function of Google Docs was to be able to create and work on documents online [view and edit]. The creation of those documents are stored online and can be viewed from pre-much any PC or mobile device. Previous releases of Google Docs allowed for limited speech recognition, but recently, Google allowed for continuous speech recognition. Google Docs is free.

  • Excellent speech recognition
  • cloud storage / sync ability [via Google Drive]
  • Service is free.


Both services allow for the creation of documents with a mobile device. With Dragon Anywhere, documents are stored on the mobile device and can be synchronized to cloud storage. With Google, you had that ability as well, but the documents are stored online by default; accessible by all mobile devices and PCs.

Dragon Anywhere and Google Docs both allow for continuous speech recognition. Where Dragon Anywhere and Google Docs/Google speech recognition differs is the ability to issue correction commands and synchronize speech profiles.

Google Docs does have the ability to insert periods, do commas, new paragraphs and insert exclamation points or question marks, but Dragon Anywhere has the ability to do a little bit more than that.

In my opinion, both Dragon Anywhere and Google speech recognition have excellent speech recognition ability, and both use an Internet connection to do that. Neither service requires that the speech recognition engine be trained for an individual speaker; it simply just works.

In my testing, I was able to take both Dragon Anywhere and Google Docs, open the respective applications and place my android device next to a TV and the applications were easily and accurately transcribing the words that were being said on the television. This included background noises and multiple speakers [persons].

The use of either service is still going to require some editing, on some level, once you get to the point where you’re going to organize your thoughts. The additional functions of Dragon Anywhere make it just a little bit easier to format the text; but only slightly.

The sharpest point of this comparison is that Dragon Anywhere charges $15 a month or $150 a year for their speech recognition services, whereas Google provides its services for free.

Depending upon how important it is to have your speech profile with you at all times, as well as auto texts, Dragon Anywhere may be your solution, but considering that either way you’re going to be editing the final document for both formatting and corrections, you might be able to do the final editing at home or in the office and save $150 a year.

If you are curious, Dragon Anywhere has a seven-day free trial and Google Docs is free.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on this, let me know in the comments below…

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