One of the coolest features of Android 2.1 (and the Nexus One) has to be the new voice input feature--it uses an awesome, always-learning speech-to-text engine that displays whatever you say on any text input screen. All via voice. You just tap the microphone button and say what you want, it'll process and then display those words on the screen. Really amazing stuff that works pretty darn well.

But one slight problem? That microphone button used to launch voice input is frustratingly small, it's just too hard to find and press. Luckily, if you just simply swipe your finger across the entire keyboard, you'll bring up the voice input and it'll work like usual. Swipe across the keyboard, say what you say, works like magic. Voila.

Note: this only works in Android 2.1

Hit the jump to see a video of it in action! Starts around the 25 second mark.

[lifehacker

 

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Quick Tip: Swipe The Keyboard To Launch Voice Input in Android 2.1

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I must have read that too fast. For a moment, I thought the article was going to be about Swype. Then I started looking for a microphone button on the Swype keyboard. Finally, I finished reading the article. Oops!

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Is there any way to remove the voice input button off of the keyboard without disabling voice input? I want the comma key to be back where it belongs, and with this whole swiping across the keyboard action I could have the best of both worlds. Is there any way to do this?