LG Voice-to-Text app does for Windows Phone 7 what Microsoft didn't

LG Optimus phones get a voice-to-text app, but not from Microsoft. Here's the skinny.

We all agree there's a lot to like about Windows Phone 7, Microsoft's newest mobile operating system. However, there are some tools Microsoft could have inserted into its still-nascent mobile platform. A universal voice-to-text service is one of them--as we've noted before, Microsoft has a robust technology with TellMe.

Microsoft-powered voice commands are still a future feature we may see, even as soon as CES. In the meantime, manufacturers and carriers will need to fill in the gaps. LG did this for the LG Optimus Windows Phones in its LG Voice-to-Text application. Voice commands will let you dictate e-mails, text messages, and Twitter and Facebook status updates, for a start. The app, which is available for free in the Windows Market, is a rebranding of Nuance Communication's Dragon Dictation software. Nuance is ever-present in the voice commands market and is often found in various guises on feature phones and smartphones.

LG Voice-to-Text is available for the AT&T LG Optimus 7 in English and Spanish, and for the European-bound LG Optimus 7Q in English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish.

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Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.