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Review Vlingo Virtual Assistant
Counterpart of Siri for Android
Author: Sergei Blyudov
Date: 10 Oct 2012, tested on Samsung GT-I9300 Galaxy S III
Vlingo Virtual Assistant - is a powerful voice assistant, designed to prove that no one is able to Siri to correctly answer the questions. According to the Wall Street journal and CNET this application is the best implementation of voice assistant for the Android platform.
The most important and the main plus of the program - is a complete Russification and Russian language support, as well as the correct understanding of the commands spoken in plain language. Not necessarily trying to utter the right words, is used by the engine from Google perfectly recognizes any accent and pronunciation.
Examples of use Vlingo:
- "Open (run) Alarm" - opens to the application by its name;
- "Send SMS - Text Messaging '- wrote a new SMS text message with the name, also responds to other teams (the answer, send SMS, etc.);
- "Call Cole," "tinkle Irina", "Call Mom" - finds and dials a number or an address book opens with a filter by name, or if Nicholas Erin few;
- "Post to Facebook - text", "The new status on Facebook - text" - updates the status of the social network Facebook. Similarly, you can send messages to Twitter (Vkontakte, unfortunately, is not supported.)
The application also handles any queries and understand phrases such as "Search in Google", "Weather", etc. If Vlingo is not sure exactly of a request, it automatically directs it to Google. That is, at least, if the voice assistant you would not understand, you'll be taken to a page with a search query, where Google certainly shows you what you wanted.
The program also introduced module SafeReader, who can say to you inbox, which is very useful if you, for example, at the wheel.
The main drawback of the program is that in English, the same program understands twice more questions. That is, if the settings to change the language, in one moment, the program will learn to answer questions like "Who is Steve Jobs", get directions with Google navigation and search for shops / restaurants nearby.
ResumeVlingo Virtual Assistant - this is a promising voice assistant, who is still best to understand how to respond to a particular question. It is a pity that in Russia, as always, not all the features available, but only a small part.