Vlingo InCar

The Vlingo Corp has announced that Vlingo InCar beta is now available for users on the Sprint network.  I don't even try to hide the fact that I love Vlingo, out of all the voice command/control applications available, it's the only one that works for me.  Now with the InCar beta, I can have the same control over my Evo using my voice, without hitting any icons or buttons.  Once you start the new InCar beta version of Vlingo, you can enter complete hands free mode by pressing the Wake-up Command button, then say "Hey Vlingo" to start entering my voice commands.  Awesome.

Worth a note here -- the new beta of Vlingo InCar is only available on the Market for Sprint subscribers for now, but Vlingo encourages folks on other carriers to go here and express interest in Vlingo InCar beta on their network.  Let's all do that m'kay?  There's a video, the full press release and some more screenshots after the break. [Vlingo]


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Vlingo Announces “Vlingo InCar,” The First and Only Completely Hands Free Solution To Send and Respond to Messages, Make Calls, and Get Directions While Driving

Sprint Supports Vlingo InCar App to Help Combat Texting While Driving

CAMBRIDGE, MASS. (October 7, 2010) /PRNewswire/ — Vlingo Corporation, the world’s leading provider of intelligent voice applications that turn your words into action, today announced “Vlingo InCar,” a new beta feature for AndroidTM users that allows consumers to receive and send text messages without taking their hands off the wheel or their eyes off the road. Vlingo InCar offers users:

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
“Vlingo InCar was a natural extension of Vlingo’s functionality so that users can now have an alternative, hands free way to communicate when they need to respond to an urgent message,” said Dave Grannan, president and CEO at Vlingo. “Although 30 states presently have full or partial bans on texting while driving (TWD), data from Vlingo’s Texting While Driving in America 2010 Report shows that 35% of those surveyed still continue to TWD. Legislative action is an important step but clearly laws are not enough, we are going to need technology solutions.”

“Sprint firmly believes in helping wireless consumers combat texting while driving with engaging educational tools and innovative products that assist them in drastically changing this dangerous behavior,” said Ralph Reid, Sprint vice president for corporate social responsibility. “With Vlingo’s hands-free application on the Android Market, drivers are able to keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel, and Sprint is pleased to support Vlingo InCar as an application for its wireless customers.”

This latest release of Vlingo also includes a new feature called “Vlingo Answers” that enables users to speak into their device to ask a question, in any form, and have the answer read to them, out loud, immediately.

In addition to InCar, Vlingo can power most tasks on Android devices. Users can simply press the “Vlingo widget” to:

Send text and email messages
Search the web using Google or Yahoo!
Update Facebook and Twitter status
Open built-in and 3rd party applications
Speak into any application with the Vlingo Everywhere voice keyboard
SafeReader – hear incoming text & email messages while you drive
SuperDialer - one-click calling to an infinite address book, and reviews, maps and directions for any business.
Foursquare - check in, connect with friends, or shout out an update on foursquare.
Availability, Compatibility and Price
Vlingo is available free of charge for Android 2.1, and above. Note Vlingo InCar beta is exclusively available on the Sprint Now Network and is optimized for the HTC Evo and other Android 2.2 devices. To see when Vlingo InCar will be available for your U.S. carrier wireless carrier, click here. U.S. users can download Vlingo on device from the Android Market for free.

Follow Vlingo on Facebook at http://facebook/vlingopage, on Twitter at http://twitter.com/vlingo and on the Vlingo blog at http://blog.vlingo.com for regular news and updates. For carriers and OEMS interested in partnering with Vlingo go to http://vlingo.com/partners.

To bring this latest version of Vlingo to the market, Vlingo is pleased to expand its partnerships to leverage technology and services from Foursquare, CityGrid Media, XAD, IVONA Text-to-Speech (TTS), and Sensory Inc’s Truly Hands-Free Trigger.

Vlingo plans to roll out this functionality to other Vlingo supported platforms in a future release.


Reader comments

Vlingo InCar -- a complete hands free solution for Android


I would like this for Verizon! Even though I have a Ford Sync system, Verizon blocks the car from letting me read and send txt messages, so this would solve that for me!

I could be wrong but yesterday on Cnet's podcast "Buzz Out Loud" they were talking about that after the show and it sounded like it had nothing to do with Verizon (in particular). It sounded like Ford Sync can only read/send text messages that are in a certain format and only a handful of phones do it in the format it supports.

So Vlingo is proving yet again that these types of things work just fine on 2.1, while the Google apps that do what Vlingo does are only available on 2.2. Am I wrong?

I like Vlingo's voice apps much, much better than Google's version... as it stand now. Very few errors with my voice as well... and no, I do not have any sort of accent.

It works on other carriers (Just installed it and played with it on Alltel Stock HTC Hero ROM), but I am not posting the APK.

Vlingo was worthless on my BB Curve. Not even close any of the times I used it. I was surprised how well Google voice performed, for me anyway. I use it a lot.

Any chance we Verizon users can get the .apk? :) Every day i'm more and more excited to be part of the android community.

I use Goog's Voice Command DAILY and it never fails me. I think out of 100 messages, I may have to repeat three.... the only thing I don't like is the button pushing. I'm sure now that Vlingo has done this, Google will buy the patent.

This app is a battery killer! There is no way to kill the processes that I can find, without manually killing them. You can tell it to stop listening, but it continues to consume resources in the background. It really needs a dedicated exit button that ends all processes , then I'd say it would be a really great app. Until that happens though, I'll keep killing it when I'm finished with it I suppose. Am I missing something? (And yes, I don't use task killers and never kill tasks except this one, which I feel is a run away.)

This app is pretty accurate, but also needs recognition for more apps like "open Pandora" or "play pandora station _____".

I really like Vlingo, but Vlingo InCar Beta keeps resetting my EVO if I'm using a bluetooth device. Sometimes I would here audio through my bluetooth and sometimes through the phone.

I'm uninstalling the beta and re-installing Vlingo Words to Action until they get some more of the bugs worked or release the next version.

i found a way to change the message when it opens up for the first time to do so Open the vlingo app goto settings then in car settings then scroll down to customize main prompt and make it say what even you want... have fun...

It is cool, but starttalking in the market is better. It allows you to wake up the phone from any screen, allows you to use third party tts voices like loquendo and svox. it tells you the time and allows for various other commands. The only thing it doesn't do is email and read your callendar appointments for the day, and as soon as it does, it will be even better. Can't complain about two choices though, and competition drives innovation!!