In pictures: 8 mobile OS features you saw on Android first

On the eve of Android’s fifth birthday, it’s time to give the little green guy the respect he deserves.

Voice actions Long before Siri could answer your questions about the weather, Android featured native text-to-speech recognition. The functionality made the mobile operating system more accessible to those users with hearing or speech impairments, and the feature made it a cinch to perform activities such as texting a friend while driving. In Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Google introduced offline voice dictation, which allows Android to turn your speech into text even if the device isn’t connected to a network.

Plenty of third-party apps now use the native speech-to-text engine as an alternative means of input. The underlying technology has helped to make features such as Google Now a success, and you can even see its capabilities in the Moto X’s always-on listening feature.

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