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.

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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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