Voice Control Your Android with Vlingo

Posted by at 3:07 pm on May 25, 2010

 Vlingo has announced Vlingo for Android. Vlingo allows users to ask their device to do almost anything from searching the web, to finding locations on Google maps, to updating Twitter status, or even simply sending text and email messages — just by using their voice. Vlingo for Android also comes equipped with SafeReader, a “hands-free” feature that provides drivers with a safer, easier way to hear incoming text and email messages while on the go.

“Representing decades of innovation, AT&T’s Watson speech recognition technology provides Vlingo the core tools that open the door to new and exciting applications for users worldwide,” said Charles Kalmanek, Vice President of Networking & Services Research at AT&T Labs. “Our collaboration with Vlingo is helping to lead the industry in simplifying the way that people interact with their mobile devices. A new generation of applications will give mobile users the ability to access information and services anywhere, anytime by speaking naturally.”

Vlingo gives Android device users the ability to power features and access information by voice. They can simply press the “Vlingo widget” on their home screen to:

  • send text and email messages
  • search the web using Google or Yahoo!
  • dial contacts
  • update Twitter status
  • open built-in and 3rd party applications
  • find locations and businesses using Google Maps
  • speak into any application with the Vlingo Everywhere voice keyboard

Vlingo for Android users can access information and all of the features listed above by simply speaking into their phone. Vlingo’s SafeReader expands on those features by using the reverse functionality -“ text to speech, a great feature for those on the go. In an effort to help deter distracted driving, users can simply press a button, speak to the device “Start SafeReader,” and all incoming messages will be delivered audibly.

Availability, Compatibility and Price

Vlingo is available for Android 2.x and above. U.S. users can download Vlingo on device from the Android Market. For a limited time only, Vlingo for Android is available for a one-time fee of $9.99. Follow Vlingo on Facebook at http://facebook/vlingopage, on Twitter at http://twitter.com/vlingo and on the Vlingo blog at http://blog.vlingo.com for regular news and updates.

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