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Dragon Anywhere app gets advanced dictation, formatting features

James A. Martin | Nov. 25, 2015
Devoted Dragon desktop software users will appreciate the new US$15-per-month, cloud-based Anywhere service, which provides on-the-go text dictation and document formatting (on Android), but the premium features are overkill for most people.

Dragon Anywhere has a lot of useful sharing options. Once you finish dictating a document in the app, you can save it to Evernote, Dropbox, and Box; open it in Microsoft Word; or share via email. Unfortunately, you can't dictate directly into Word.

Potential problems with Dragon Anywhere ...

On my Google Nexus 9 tablet, running Android 5.1.1 and connected to a 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi network, I experienced a significant lag at times when dictating commands or long sentences. It wasn't particularly painful, but it is worth mentioning.

I also wondered about Dragon Anywhere's impact on users' cellular data plans. According to a Nuance spokesperson, "it takes just a few KBs of data for Dragon Anywhere's dictation to happen in the cloud, so even heavy usage of the app won't have a significant impact on a user's network data plan."

Dragon Anywhere works well, and it transcribes speech into text with the same high level of accuracy as its desktop counterpart. You can also try it free for one week and then cancel if you're dissatisfied, so there's little risk involved with a trial.


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