October 19, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
Vlingo delivered a compelling update to its voice-activated search and automation app two weeks ago. With the addition of Vlingo InCar mode, users could send texts, place calls, and search for locations without having to reach for the phone, or take their eyes off the road. Saying, “Hey, Vlingo!” would open the voice-activated command prompt and perform these functions in a safe manner.
Sadly, only Sprint customers were able to access the app because Vlingo released it as a beta to Éclair devices on the carrier. Vlingo has released the app to other carriers in the Android Market following an outcry from more than 600 Android users begging for the app to be released to AT&T or Verizon, and that’s exactly what the company did.
Vlingo also released a new feature called Vlingo Answers, which responds to user questions like “How many feet are in a mile” (5,280). Vlingo InCar and Answers are available for Android 2.1 and higher. New Features include:
- Voice-driven, hands free initiation – Vlingo enters listening mode upon Bluetooth® connectivity
- Voice driven, hands free initiation using a “wake up word”
- Conversational user guidance instead of a touch screen
- Ability to send and respond to messages, make calls and get directions using only voice commands
- Bluetooth headset support for Vlingo and Vlingo InCar beta on Android™ 2.2 (Froyo)
- New “Vlingo Control” widget with a SafeReader skip control
- Bug fixes and performance improvements