If you’ve ever wanted to send text messages with weird punctuation like someone who is new thumb-typing, Google has apparently updated its voice-to-text settings to try to to it for you, Android Police reports. Google’s voice typing wont to only add punctuation when the speaker asked for it specifically (by saying “comma” or “period,” etc.), but after an update last month, the app is now adding punctuation automatically. And judging by the 400-plus comments on a support forum post, it’s not working well.
The complaints indicate that if you pause too long while speaking into your phone, you’ll find yourself with a random period within the middle of a sentence or weird capitalization when the app thinks you’re starting a replacement sentence. An example from the support forum:
The same thing is occurring to me and it’s so annoying! i exploit Voice to Text thanks to a disability. And it keeps fixing punctuation. Where I don’t want it. Google please fix. This
Android Police features a theory that Google was attempting to form voice typing as accurate as its Google Recorder transcription app, and this new feature may are unrolled before it had been ready. The Verge has reached bent Google for comment and can update if we hear back.
Gboard dictation doesn’t appear to be affected, Android Police found; the “fix” seems to be confined to Google’s voice typing mode, which doesn’t have an on-screen keyboard connected thereto.
You can’t close up the automatically added punctuation. But if you’re really determined to kill this feature, there’s a workaround: uninstall all updates for the Google app on your phone. Which isn’t very convenient but a minimum of your sentences won’t appear as if this.