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Vlingo iPhone App: Voice Recognition for your iPhone

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Remember the excitement we all had when news broke that Google was updating their Mobile iPhone App to include voice recognition for search. When the app update finally was released, many people praised the accuracy of the voice recognition, including yours truly. The Google Mobile App was only limited to searches primarily. Some people have been requesting the ability to control other iPhone functions too.

Well, look no further than Vlingo, another competitor to the Google Mobile App that was released yesterday. The Vlingo voice recognition app is similar to the Google Mobile App except it will allow you to use your voice to:

– search Google Maps
– search the web via Google AND Yahoo!
– use your voice to dial numbers in your contacts
– use your voice to update your Facebook or Twitter status

Sounds like a pretty jam-packed app right? I decided to put the voice recognition to the test. The developers mention that using a US accent is recommended for the best accuracy.

First I tested the Maps search with my voice and it was fairly accurate. It will also give you “suggestions” of what other possible queries might be. I would say the recognition got it very accurate about 70% of the time. I did the same for the Search function and I had some success but it wasn’t as accurate as the Google Mobile App (which got my first ten voice searches bang on).

The functions of the Vlingo app I enjoyed the most were the Phone and Social searches. By saying something along the lines of “John Doe at home” or “Sally Smith Mobile” it was very accurate plus it would launch an auto dial.

The Social search, once you connect your Facebook and Twitter accounts allows you to update your status or send tweets by just speaking. As some of you may have read earlier it was fairly accurate when I tried to send some tweets, but not 100% accurate (try to figure out what I was really trying to say!). Maybe my Canadian accent is just too strong? 😉

All in all I would say the Vlingo app is a welcome addition to the now 10K+ iPhone apps. I think with some training and repeated tests you can figure out how to skew your voice so the app gets it correctly 100% of the time. I think with all the times I had to repeat what I was saying to get it right, it would’ve been faster for me to type in a Google search or type out a tweet. Let’s hope future updates will improve the app!

What do you guys think of the Vlingo iPhone App?

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  • Clay

    Is there any reason you don’t provide a link to the app whenever you make an entry about an app? Sure, it’s easy enough to go to the iTunes store and search for it, but it’d be handy for us to have a link along with the rest of the links in that story.

  • Clay

    Is there any reason you don’t provide a link to the app whenever you make an entry about an app? Sure, it’s easy enough to go to the iTunes store and search for it, but it’d be handy for us to have a link along with the rest of the links in that story.

  • SSK13

    I don’t like voice recognition apps because of the way the iphone is set up. Applications can’t “harmonize” with each other. So while you may update your status in Facebook this app won’t actually open your facebook application. So really you end up doing double the work in the end. It’s a cool concept but I wish there could be links to other applications. Does this one require a constant data connection as well?

  • SSK13

    I don’t like voice recognition apps because of the way the iphone is set up. Applications can’t “harmonize” with each other. So while you may update your status in Facebook this app won’t actually open your facebook application. So really you end up doing double the work in the end. It’s a cool concept but I wish there could be links to other applications. Does this one require a constant data connection as well?

  • Well, for starters like you said it’s easy enough to search for it, but of course with the internet age we want things NOW. I usually download my apps directly onto my iPhone and not via iTunes. I’ll consider a link next time, thanks. 🙂

  • Well, for starters like you said it’s easy enough to search for it, but of course with the internet age we want things NOW. I usually download my apps directly onto my iPhone and not via iTunes. I’ll consider a link next time, thanks. 🙂

  • Don’t know about the constant data connection, but it will require data to work of course.

  • Don’t know about the constant data connection, but it will require data to work of course.

  • teenwolf

    This app worked great for me it has replaced safari on my doc. This app has combined say who and google app. 4 stars

  • teenwolf

    This app worked great for me it has replaced safari on my doc. This app has combined say who and google app. 4 stars

  • I love it. I would say having being american and having a very neutral american accent at that it works just as well as the google in voice detection. I’ve put this in my dock instead of the default phone app. I can go from a locked phone to dialing in about 11 seconds now, much faster than searching for a contact although probably not as fast as having contacts in the favorite list.

  • I love it. I would say having being american and having a very neutral american accent at that it works just as well as the google in voice detection. I’ve put this in my dock instead of the default phone app. I can go from a locked phone to dialing in about 11 seconds now, much faster than searching for a contact although probably not as fast as having contacts in the favorite list.

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