August 29, 2014

Vlingo for Android Impresses

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!