How to Get Pixel 4 Voice Recorder App on Any Android Phone.
The new Google Pixel 4 comes with several exclusive features like Project Soli, astrophotography camera mode, and of course, a voice recorder. Although some of these features will eventually appear on older Pixel devices as well. What if I told you that you can get the Recorder feature right now on any phone running Android Pie or later.
For the unknown: Dictaphone not only allows you to transcribe any sound in real time without sending data to the Internet, but it also allows you to search your voice recordings for a specific word, applause and music. The app is exclusive to the Pixel 4 for now, but surprisingly, the APK download works on other Android devices as well. So let’s see how you can get the Pixel 4 voice recorder on any Android device. In addition, we will also test its capabilities and make comparisons from similar applications such as Voicea, Otter, etc.
The installation process is pretty straightforward. You just need to download the APK from APK Mirror and install it on your Android device. The APK works on almost all Android devices running Android Pie and above. I mean Android 9.0.
The voice recorder is very user-friendly and works exactly as shown in the video. You can search your voice recordings, filter applause and music. It can even convert all speech to punctuation text. Although it only supports English at the moment, there is a tiny popup with the message “More languages coming soon.” In addition, it can time-stamp the transcription when it detects long pauses.
I tested the APK on a Pixel 3 running Android 10 and One Plus 6T running Android Pie and it works as advertised. He not only transcribed my speech beautifully, but also caught the background music. However, he did not detect the sound effect of applause, but he could understand when I clapped. It can even detect your speech even in louder environments, but with fewer errors. But that’s okay, unless you want to sign up for a concert.
What’s more, the app can also search your recordings, which is very easy after decrypting the text. The amazing thing is that it can search for a word in all of your entries. For example, you can search for the word “Pixel” in multiple entries and it will point to the exact place where that word occurred.
How does this compare to paid alternatives
So the more important question is how does this compare to other paid alternatives like Voicea, Otter, Live Transcribe, etc. First, Voicea and Otter are more of a commercial product that can automatically transcribe an entire meeting. However, if you want to record with Voicea, the transcription is not done in real time. After saving the recording, Voicea transcribes or corrects the transcription in post-processing.
The live transcript is in beta but is still doing a good job of picking up different accents. Unlike Google Voice Recorder, it supports over 70 languages. But on the other hand, it can only keep records for up to 3 days.
Overall, if you need to have a voice recorder to record lectures or online sessions, Google Voice Recorder is nearly flawless. And since the transcription is done offline, it doesn’t even require an active internet connection.
Also Read: 10 Best Speech-to-Text Apps to Record Notes, Meetings and Lectures