Looking for a voice assistant for Android can be overwhelming: the sheer number of apps is incredible, and every single one promises superb performance. To make your choice easier, we have put together a list of Android apps you might find interesting. It goes without saying that all of them can be downloaded from Play Store.

So let us embark on a journey to find the best voice recorder for Android!

Best Android voice recorder

1. Senstone Portable Voice Assistant

Price: Free.

This app is a part of the system built around Senstone wearable voice recorder. You need the device ‑ a tiny, stylish piece of tech ‑ to actually record something; however, the tap-and-speak technology makes it considerably faster than conventional apps, and recordings are automatically converted into coherent, punctuated text. The app enables users to view both audio files and their transcripts, syncs files with the cloud and/or another Android device, supports multiple languages, works offline, and shows notifications about the status of your Senstone.

Link to Play Store: Senstone Portable Voice Assistant

2. LectureNotes

Price: $6,99.

An app designed for college students, the basic version of LectureNotes requires a stylus and a tablet. You write on the screen, the writing is then saved, you can organize it around ‑ it’s a digital notebook, basically. The ability to record sound can be purchased separately as a plugin. You can share and import your recordings, as well as sync them. The drawback is that if you only need a recorder, this app is just too much hassle since it mostly focuses on tablets and manual note-taking.

3. Voice Memos.

Price: Free.

A lightweight recorder with minimalistic design and lack of advanced features, this app has one feature that makes it stand out: it lets you create tags on the go as you record your audio. To add a memo, tap the red button, and the memo will appear as a timestamp. It’s really that simple.

Link to Play Store: Voice Memos

4. Voice Recorder ‑ Audio Editor.

Price: Free.

If your main concern is the quality of audio, this one can deliver in spades. VR – AE is not an easy voice recorder to masterfully, but it makes up with the number of options for the user to tinker with. You can filter noise, adjust sample rate to your liking, record in the background mode, and share recordings not only via email but also SMS and MMS ‑ it’s not every day you see this level of compatibility.

Link to Play Store: Voice Recorder ‑ Audio Editor

5. Otter Voice Meeting Notes (for English).

Price: Free 600 mins/month, subscription for $9.99/month.

Otter is valued for its capability for real-time transcription, which is great for people who can’t hear properly. You can also invite collaborators to edit your transcripts and share your notes via links. It lets you export audio and text as .mp3 and .pdf, .srt, or .txt respectively. One major drawback is that Otter doesn’t support languages other than English. Overall, it’s great for teams and people who are going to do a lot of recording on a daily basis.

6. Skyro Voice Recorder.

Price: Free for basic access, $1/month for the Pro version.

The first thing you notice about Skyro is that it offers a rather artistic interface. True to the first impression, the app supports adding image files to recordings. You can compress audio as well, which is nice when the meme collection takes up too much space. The Pro subscription features noise suppression, echo cancellation technology, and the full list of synch options.

Voice recorder or voice assistant?

A voice recorder these days is expected to be more than the name used to mean five or ten years ago. When you think of a voice recording app, you no longer imagine a single button taking up the entire screen. Now it’s supposed to not only capture sound but also save time through either speech-to-text technology or possess other features such as synchronization or background mode. It seems when someone says “recorder for Android” they actually mean a silent voice assistant who would be able to manage notes, convert them, and even place tags.

Of the apps for Android we’ve listed above, only Senstone can be considered the full merge of voice recorder and voice assistant, and it’s the only reliable hands-free recorder. Otter with its numerous tools and accessibility options comes a close second, and other apps have their own very specific advantages such as memos or added photos.

In our opinion, half-measures just don’t cut it when it comes to productivity. Demands are rising, and so does the functionality of what used to be a combination of an on/off switch and a save button. The future of voice recorder apps lies in artificial intelligence and screen free approach, and who knows where they lead us next.