Vlingo Voice Assistant review
With Apple’s voice assistant Siri both impressing and amusing in almost equal measure, we review an Android-based challenger that proves to be more useful in many ways
While voice-activated phones are certainly nothing new, the recent release of Apple’s iOS-based virtual assistant Siri has turned the entire concept into a red-hot topic.
Granted, Siri has its drawbacks - it can only respond to a limited selection of phrases and it currently can’t search for locations outside of North America - but it’s an impressive demonstration of how a phone-based assistant should work.
Often, it really does feel as if Siri is a real person and the conversations, comments and witty retorts it comes up with are genuinely amusing.
As many Android supporters have been keen to point out, such functionality has been available from Google for ages. However, with Siri giving voice controls a more human feel, developers have attempted to jump on the bandwagon and re-purpose their existing apps to feel more, well, ‘Siri-like’.
Vlingo, which has been available for quite some time, has become Vlingo Voice Assistant. While the manner in which it works is largely the same as before, it’s been given a tighter focus on voice commands.