Ken Schneider — August 09, 03:58PM
Voice recognition has changed in latest version of eBird
I have been using the voice recognition feature of my iPhone 6 Plus to enter bird sightings in eBird by simply saying the name of the bird instead of texting the 4-letter code or full name. With the latest version of eBird it now only recognizes the first word of the name. For example, in the previous version I could say "Mourning Dove" and the app would auto-correct the resulting "Morning Dove" to the proper spelling and bring up that species. Now it will only accept the word as "Morning" and will not enter the second word. Of course no species is shown in the drop-down list. I can say "Dove" and get the list of doves to choose from. However this is especially problematic when a name is hyphenated, Formerly I could say "red hyphen bell" or "red hyphen wing"and have the Red-bellied Woodpecker or Red-winged Blackbird as the only choices. Now the app only accepts "red" and of course produces a huge number of choices. Same for bird names beginning with Common, Eastern, Northern (etc). What has changed in the algorithm which formerly allowed entry of hyphens and more than one word? Why is auto-correct inoperative? I must say I am running iOS 10x because iOS 11 disables the "Bird Tunes" app which is not going to be updated for that version. Is this bug possibly related to my iOS version?