Speech questionnaires with Apple iOS devices now available in questfox.
Since 2017 we already offer speech interviews on mobile or desktop devices powered by questfox. In 2019 we were awarded with the Best Practice Award from the German Society for Online Market Research (DGOF) for our study comparing the input of classic type-in keyboard input vs. voice input and video input with transciption of the speech. The study was one of its kind and a breakthrough in innovative online research.
But two years ago – for the first time in years – we were not able to follow our basic “device agnostic” paradigm as it was not possible to use these crazy new speech features on all devices available. The market driven fight between major players of the IT industry makes it necessary to cope with different approaches of technology.
Finally our fantastic development team made it happen. We are proud to offer the questfox feature set for speech in research questionnaires now to the Apple/iOS universe too.
Decision makers run on Apple devices
Even though the Apple world is a minor group in terms of market share and representativeness in market research, most of the decision makers run on Apple phones. These were the sceptical people not believing in our technology as we could not offer it to them. Hope to prove you wrong one more time.
The only excuse now left to not use speech questionnaires in research powered by questfox is a missing willing to innovate. All innovators are invited to work with us on new forms of research. The tech base is just the fundament to build new interactions in research far beyond the classic Likert scale.
Constant battle to innovate in research
The next battle we will be fighting in this field is to make change happen. A new paradigm of social interaction is available now. We are looking for totally different ways of asking questions. Leaving technology barriers behind now we are exploring new horizons.
All existing achievements of questfox are now available on some more millions of devices.
The 120 languages covered by questfox can now be used on iphones and Mac computers in Safari too. We will now be testing the settings where speech is still not possible and report on this. For sure there will be incompatibilities with older systems and older browers. But time is on our side….
Please update to the latest iOS 14 to be up to date for security reasons and to be able to participate in studies with voice. The new questfox features from covid year 2021 are probalby not working on Windows 95 and Internet Explorer. So please do not ask us if we can time travel to support stuff you should have updated long time ago. This is the time for change. So please also adopt and let us talk how we can change the world to make it a better place.
Why Speech in Research?
We believe (and can prove with data) that this technology opens the door to new kinds of research. Quant research will now be able to integrate more qualitative input. More data can be captured in less time. This is a way into sustainable research we definitively need.
More to read from the questfox team
We are very proud of our most recent development in speech2text recognition and automated analysis for market research. While still testing the new technology we face issues with some browsers in the market. Our approach is “device agnostic” and should be functional independently from devices or operating systems.
A lot of decision makers tend to use Apple devices and struggle with the new Talk2Me functionalities on their very expensive phones. They right away believe that something is wrong with questfox. Sorry guys. We are ahead of times in terms of development compared to Apple when it comes to media capturing in browser. This time it is not us. It is Apple slowing down innovation.
For the first time in our development we have to aknowledge, that we cannot keep that device agnostic promise for our most recent development. Apparently our developers are ahead of the development of Apple with Safari. The new multimedia functions inside of questfox will only become usable on iOS and Safari with the launch of their new version 11. We are hoping for a quick release within the Apple environment, but this is definitively outside of our reach.
If you want to stay updated about the different functionalities check this website from time to time: http://caniuse.com/#search=getUserMedia()
P.S. Internet Explorer is officially dead, but still operating on millions of computers. Hopefully Apple is forcing updates into their user base. Anyhow we try to stay in the first row of innovation knowing that we will lose some people sticking to older technology.