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WES 2009: Vlingo 3.0 For BlackBerries Frees Up Your Hands

Today Vlingo launched version 3.0 of its application for BlackBerries. The new software brings with it a bevy of new features, including text-to-speech read-back. For those who like to dictate text messages and email, Vlingo offers a faster way to get it done.
Today Vlingo launched version 3.0 of its application for BlackBerries. The new software brings with it a bevy of new features, including text-to-speech read-back. For those who like to dictate text messages and email, Vlingo offers a faster way to get it done.Speech-powered features and services on mobile devices get better and better. Not only can we perform searches without typing in queries, we can also control functions and menus of the devices directly.

Vlingo has offered software for BlackBerries to do all this for some time. Today's announcement of version 3.0 should be happy news for speech users. With the new software users get a better text-to-speech read-back feature that confirms what was spoken, the ability to speak action requests such as "send," and new support for wired and Bluetooth headsets. A full rundown includes:

  • Send and reply to text messages with users who also have Vlingo
  • Web search
  • Dial the phone
  • Send a "note to self"
  • Facebook & Twitter status updates
  • Tell A Friend
  • Optional read-back of the full text or email message that was spoken
  • Speak action requests such as "send" or "search"
  • Launch native and third-party applications
To use most of Vlingo's features, all you need do is press the convenience key on the side of the BlackBerry and start talking. Vlingo does the rest.

There are two versions, one that's free with fewer features and one that costs $18 and has more features. The software is available for download in Apps World. It is compatible with most current BlackBerry models.

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