As many of you know, Vlingo for Android was released this week for Android smart-phones running Android 2.0 and above. For years, Vlingo has had a strong presence on the Blackberry and iPhone, but this was the first time they launched a product on Android. They did not disappoint.
Many mobile platforms, including Android, have voice commands baked in, but Vlingo takes it up a notch. The app gives users the capability to launch apps, update their Twitter status, and send e-mail and text messages using just a voice. Vlingo will also dial your contacts, searches Google Maps, and searches Google or Yahoo. It also includes four widgets and a Vlingo keyboard (which is very responsive I might add). Honestly, the app has it all!
As someone who spends quite a bit of time driving, this app was a must have. Not only does it feature voice commands, but it has the capability to read you text messages and e-mails through a feature known as SafeReader. I can’t tell you how great it was to hear Vlingo read back an e-mail while I was driving. It was very accurate and only made a few minor mistakes.
While the app is full of features and SafeReader was great, it is also very good when it comes to voice commands. While it may take a few tries for the app to get used to your voice, it ends up being spot on. In my few days using the app I encountered very few mistakes when I spoke clearly. Overall, this app was much better and more full-featured than the Android voice command app. It was great.
All in all, I would recommend anyone who drives a lot to purchase this. It will be very helpful. The only downside is the price, which is $9.99. This is a bit steep, but for some (like me) it might be totally worth it.
Good job Vlingo!