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Dragon Dictation

By Nuance Communications

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Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon® NaturallySpeaking® that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages. In fact, it’s up to five (5) times faster than typing on the keyboard.

With Dragon Dictation you can also dictate status updates directly to your Social Networking applications (Facebook and Twitter) or send notes and reminders to yourself….all using your voice.  So when you’re on-the-go, stop typing and start speaking – from short text messages to longer email messages, and anything in between.

Dragon Dictation supports a multitude of global languages. For a full list of currently supported languages visit


Press Reviews:

David Pogue - The New York Times : “I’m finding Dragon to be a much faster, more efficient way to spit out e-mail messages, notes, text messages and Twitter updates. It’s really, really cool.”

Mel Martin - “Put this into the ‘I didn’t think they could ever get this to work on an iPhone’ category. I’m talking about Dragon Dictation from Nuance, the developers of the very popular Dragon Naturally Speaking for the PC.”

Arik Hesseldahl – BusinessWeek: “For the last few days I’ve been trying two Nuance iPhone apps, Dragon Dictation and Dragon Search on my iPhone. And while they’re not the first voice search or dictation apps for the iPhone, I certainly like the results I’ve been getting.”

iTunes Reviews:

Miker55 – “It’s understood everything I’ve said. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been driving and wanted to text someone but couldn’t. This app is great!!!”

Twebs – “For me Dragon dictation is a game changing application. The accuracy is outstanding and it’s very easy to use. I immediately notified everyone I know with an iPhone to pick up this application while it’s still free.”

Redman042 – “I can’t believe my iPhone can do this. Accuracy is amazingly good and transcription is very fast. You can’t even tell that transcription is being done online. I’m very very impressed.”


• Voice-to-text transcriptions that may be sent as SMS, Email, or pasted into any application using the clipboard
• Submit text to Social Networking applications – Twitter and Facebook
• Convenient editing feature that provides a list of suggested words
• Voice driven correction interface


   1. Dragon Dictation requires network connectivity (WiFi or 3G/EDGE).
   2. Dragon Dictation works on iPad, iPhone, and on second and third generation iPod Touch (external microphone required).


In order to improve recognition accuracy, Dragon Dictation will only upload names from your address book when permission is provided... no emails, addresses, phone numbers, or other personal information are uploaded. This information is not used for any purpose other than improving the usability of the application. Dragon Dictation will also utilize the data in spoken messages collected over time to continuously improve and provide high speech recognition accuracy. All data is stored in secure data centers according to stringent privacy and security standards.  For more information, please view our end user license agreement

Now supporting Catalan!

What's New in Version 2.0.28

Bug fixes


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Customer Reviews

Good, but not great

This app is most functional when one is stationary, and activity engaging the app (looking at the screen). The 60 second time limit (without any cue or signal) negates its convenience for those who want to dictate while driving, and feature I find extraordinarily frustrating. It is very accurate when I speak into the iPad microphone- much less so when using my bluetooth in the car- again, a problem for drivers. I so wish I could cut and paste sections of text into a document template, but I can only copy the entire document. That is a relatively minor inconvenience. For now, however, if I cannot use it effectively in the car, it is not very useful. Dictated text can be applied to email, and some social media, but more choices would be nice- such as text messaging.

Very poor speech recognition

I've been using iOS's built-in speech recognition for the last three years or so - usually when I need to send a text and don't have my glasses - and have generally been happy with its performance. I decided that it would really help my arthritic hands (yes, I sound old, but I'm not) if I could dictate large portions of a book that I'm working on. Unfortunately, this app really can't understand my deep California accent. Even simple sentences go badly wrong when dictated via Dragon's app. I've done voiceover work, so I understand how to enunciate and slow down my usual rapid speech pattern. No matter how careful I am, the results are awful. I gave the app access to my Contacts, but marveled on it missing the spelling for 'Smith' and 'Bates'. That took some doing. I look forward to a better tweak of the voice recognition in the future.



This App is a must have for college students. Often times after I am assigned an academic paper and leave the classroom, I get a flow of great ideas. Due to the fact that I live a busy lifestyle, I do not have time to stop whatever I am doing and jot down essay ideas. This app allows me to list ideas or even write paragraphs of my papers while im walking to class or cleaning my house by simply plugging in headphones and talking. I think it's great because people think I am just talking on my phone to a friend, rather than actually doing my homework! When I am finished I email my thoughts to myself and edit/add them to my paper when I have time. Props to the creators of this app!!

Dragon Dictation
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • Free
  • Category: Business
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.0.28
  • Size: 9.6 MB
  • Languages: English, Arabic, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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