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  • Voice Dialing, Search, and More with Vlingo

    Alright alright Joost failed. Here's a little app that certainly does not fail -- in fact it really is good. I have used it for a few days now and it hasn't had any changes in how well it works. Remember back a monthish ago when Google came out with their voice searching app that was all the rage? Now add in some voice dialing, voice map search, and voice social networking updates all in one. Yup that's vlingo.

    Voice Dial

    Come on Apple why isn't voice dial enabled by default? It needs to be. Oh well at least the AppStore opens up the possibility to take up the slack where Apple fails. Vlingo does some voice dialing and it does it well. Just a couple short minutes of setup and you'll be ready to dial your contacts by voice instead of getting bogged down scrolling through the iPhone's default contact book. BE WARNED though. Vlingo copies your contacts to their servers to make their voice dailing solution work. It doesn't warn you that that's what it is doing. If you are paranoid about them having your contacts list the don't use it. It only copies names not numbers -- that isn't so bad.

    Voice Search

    You can't have a voice app without a voice search as far as I'm concerned and of course vlingo handles voice search without a problem. Just hit the button on the main screen and say something like "web search awesome iphone modding" and up your search results will pop. Another nice feature is you can use vlingo to do either a Yahoo or Google search. I don't know why you would want to use Yahoo instead of Google but you can.

    Voice Maps

    The default map.app is pretty awesome for looking up what you're looking for. But what if you don't want to type? Vlingo has you covered. Say "find sushi" and up pops the map search results for sushi. Voice > typing every day of the week.

    Voice Facebook / Twitter

    These days updating your status on social networking sites is all the rage (practically an addiction. Yeah there are plenty of apps out there on the AppStore than handle Facebook and Twitter that give you a lot more options than just shooting out status updates to your friends/followers/stalkers but for status updates voice is the way to go. After a simple setup (entering in your login details) press talk and you've updated your stats -- can't be simpler.

    All in all

    Vlingo is one of if not the best voice app on the AppStore at the moment. It understands my good ol' boy drawl without much issue. It does web searches map searches and voice dialing efficiently which are the things I care about. It has made it to the front page of my homescreen. It works quickly and tends to be more accurate than the other options like Say Who, Say What, and Google so just drop them and get this one instead if you can get over the bit of shadyness where vlingo copies your contact list without notification. Further more word on the interwebs says that vlingo will be providing updates in the coming months that will add even more voice functionality to the iPhone.

    To download here is the the link -- oh did I mention it is free?
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Voice Dialing, Search, and More with Vlingo started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 30 Comments
    1. bschucher's Avatar
      bschucher -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      I don't think it has auto-update, you need to confirm. I guess for fear of not getting it right the first time.

      To bad cause i have found it accurate as hell with my voice. Should have an option to make it auto update without confirmation.
    1. zs5j's Avatar
      zs5j -
      I am totally in awe with this app. It really unleashes the true power of the iPhone. This has quickly become my favorite app, and I have moved it right up to my front page. Very accurate and has worked every time....although I have to talk with an American accent to be sure it will understand me :-)
      I will be in the USA on vacation in 2 weeks time, so I tried similar examples of what I could use it for. I tried "computer stores seattle" Up pops pins on a google map of all the major computer stores in Seattle. You can then look at the store and zoom down to street level - I am sure you could then get the GPS to then track you to that store ?
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by bschucher View Post
      To bad cause i have found it accurate as hell with my voice. Should have an option to make it auto update without confirmation.
      Throw them an e-mail. They already do auto-dial so I can't imagine auto-update is that far off their reach.
    1. iphoneguy2007's Avatar
      iphoneguy2007 -
      I find it interesting that no one seems to be worried about the privacy of their address book. I admit, it would be much worse if they collected phone numbers & email addresses, in addition to the contact names, but still ...
    1. mucullus's Avatar
      mucullus -
      This app would be so much more useful if it worked with the proximity sensor of the iPhone when recording a name/query, like the google voice search.
    1. crupp's Avatar
      crupp -
      Quote Originally Posted by iphoneguy2007 View Post
      I find it interesting that no one seems to be worried about the privacy of their address book. I admit, it would be much worse if they collected phone numbers & email addresses, in addition to the contact names, but still ...
      Most of the Voice Dial do this and the ones that don't take forever to load. I am cool with just names and until I hear a report of wrong doing...sometimes you just gotta trust. The accuracy is uncanny.
    1. evolutionarymc's Avatar
      evolutionarymc -
      My friend had this on one of his Blackberry phones. He convinced me to try it and I am very satisfied with it. SMS would be a great addition too. It's funny even though it can adapt to your voice I catch myself trying to pronounce everything like an automated system. The upside to that is how crazy accurate this app is. I had problems with linking my Facebook account at first but I restarted the phone and tried again with better results. A must try for the apprehensive.
    1. BoyBlu's Avatar
      BoyBlu -
      I absolutly love it, it made its way on to my dock for sure!
    1. dkaye's Avatar
      dkaye -
      From vlingo's site, they have a blackberry version and an iPhone version. The Blackberry version blows away the one available on the iPhone:

      Blackberry features (taken straight from their site)

      Here is what vlingo can do...
      * Send and reply to emails and text messages
      * Search the Web
      * Dial the phone
      * Look up contacts
      * Send a "note to self"
      * Voice updates to Facebook & Twitter status updates
      * Tell A Friend
      * Read-back of the full text or email message that was spoken
      * The ability to launch built in programs:
      o Address Book
      o Alarm
      o BrickBreaker
      o Calculator
      o Calendar
      o Camera
      o Maps
      o Media
      o MemoPad
      o Messages
      o Options
      o Tasks
      o Web browser
      * The ability to launch third party programs:
      o Facebook
      o Google Maps
      o Opera
      o Viigo

      iPhone version:
      * Initiate calls to anyone in your address book.
      * Search for anything through Yahoo! or Google in one step.
      * Look up and map local listings.
      * Update Facebook and Twitter status updates without typing.

      Hopefully the developers will be able to incorporate more of the features into the iPhone version. Would become an awesome app!
    1. nimavafi's Avatar
      nimavafi -
      has anyone had problems with the Voice Dial setup?
      I contacted the dev and received this response:


      Thank you for contacting vlingo. We have determined that the problem you've seen with ‘Can’t Connect’ errors while setting up the voice dialer is a bug in the product, which was discovered after vlingo launched on the App Store. It affects a relatively small number of users, but we don’t currently have an avoidance or workaround for those who do encounter it. We are currently working on a fix which we expect to submit to Apple for certification within the next few weeks. Once certification is complete, we’ll make it available on the App Store immediately, and you’ll see an update notice on your iPhone. We will also send you an email letting you know that the update is available.

      Vlingo takes pride in producing high quality, innovative, useful, and enjoyable products. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience we know this causes some of our users. We hope you’ll continue enjoying vlingo’s web search, local search & mapping, and social networking capabilities.

      Seasons greetings,

      Vlingo Support

      I'm running a 3G jailbroke 2.1 firmware on ATT. Anyone else having this issue?