Ever wish there was just an easier way to check in to the location you are at via Foursquare then to have to open the application and search for it via your devices keyboard? Well, the folks over at Vlingo (see our full review) are always looking to push the envelope on user experience and constantly look for ways to make things easier, and they have done it again. With the recent update to the Vlingo application, users can now use speech to check in to locations, shout out to friends, as well as find out the location of their friends all through some very simple voice commands.
Previously the application supported use of Twitter and Facebook, so the addition of Foursquare is one that will be welcomed by many. Now that checking in is just that much easier, let all your friends know your currently location or shout out to them, just because you can without having to use the devices keyboard. Check after the jump for the full presser and video of the update in action.
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. (September 2, 2010) – Vlingo Corporation, the world’s leading provider of intelligent voice applications that turn your words into action, today announced a new feature for Android users that allows consumers to use foursquare simply by speaking to their phone. With a seamless integration, Vlingo users can now speak to their phone to check in, connect with their friends, or shout out an update on foursquare.
“Location and social networking have become an integral part of consumers’ everyday lives—so having a strategic alliance with foursquare to provide users with a simple, easy way to connect with their friends is a natural fit for Vlingo,” said Hadley Harris, VP of Marketing at Vlingo. “Vlingo’s mission is to quickly connect our customers to the people, businesses, and services that are important to them. Integrating with foursquare’s industry leading platform is a natural way to help facilitate those connections.”
"We've been very impressed by Vlingo's applications and we're thrilled that they've decided to support the foursquare platform," said Holger Luedorf, VP of Mobile and Partnerships for foursquare. "By making it easier for Android users to check in and communicate with friends through foursquare, Vlingo is broadening our consumer appeal."
Vlingo’s integration with foursquare raises the bar for social applications because users now have the flexibility in how they connect with the people that are important to them. By just speaking into their Android device, users can use their voice to launch foursquare and:
•Check in to locations
oCheck in Hong Kong Express
oCheck into Logan Airport
oWhere are my friends?
•Send shout outs
oShout headed to Fenway for the Sox game
ofoursquare shout at Starbucks grabbing a latte
This latest release of Vlingo also lets users conveniently share Vlingo with their friends easily with the new “Share Vlingo” button. They can also update Facebook, Twitter and/or foursquare at the same time by just saying “social update” and speaking the update.
Additionally, Vlingo for AndroidTM 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.
Availability, Compatibility and Price
Vlingo is available for Android 2.x and above. U.S. users can download Vlingo on device from the Android Market for free. Click here to see how you can use foursquare with voice.
Vlingo plans to roll out this functionality to other Vlingo supported platforms in a future release.