Tell your phone what to do!
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Tell your phone what to do!

I don’t know about your experience but I have never found Google Voice Actions to be especially helpful..voice recognition is marginal at best. I have been using Vlingo ever since it became free..coincidentally 🙂 the same time Google Voice Actions was released. Today Vlingo launched version 3 and now calls itself a virtual assistant.

Vlingo  allows you to use voice commands to initiate phone calls, searches, map searches, write e-mails, and texts, it also hooks in to other services such as Facebook, Foursquare and Twitter. Vlingo also integrates with KAYAK, Fandango and OpenTable for various services, and offers hands-free control when using a Bluetooth device. It can also be set to read incoming text messages. Take a look at this promotional video.

Promotional videos are fine but does it work in the real world?..Here is a montage of things I did on my Android HTC Desire.

While I tested Vlingo on my HTC Desire it is available for just about every smartphone known to man at the appropriate app store or look for links here. The ad supported version is free and for $1.99 you can remove the ads. Personally I wasn’t bothered by the short commercial messages on the free version.

Bob Benedetti

<p>Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal</p>

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