Jul 07 AT 9:25 AM Anthony Domanico 12 Comments

Vlingo updated to version 3.0, brings gorgeous UI overhaul

One of the applications we haven’t talked about in a long while is Vlingo, an application that gives Android users full voice control over their Android phones. This was largely due to the fact that Google undercut Vlingo (then a $10 application) by baking several of Vlingo’s core features directly into the Android operating system with its Voice Search application. In response to Voice Search, Vlingo began offering their application for free and continues to set itself apart by offering features not yet found in voice search, such the ability to update social media statuses and launch applications by voice.

Today Vlingo announced the release of Vlingo Virtual Assistant v.3.0, which brings a user interface that is simply beautiful to behold. It’s clean, polished and frankly what many applications should look like. In addition to the UI overhaul, Vlingo 3.0 brings broader support for several languages and Beta support for two new languages (Japanese and Korean), as well as new unified messaging and improved local search functionality.

If you like the idea of using your voice to control your device, you may want to head over to the Android Market and download the free application. Vlingo 3.0 requires that your phone be running Android 2.0.1 or above, which should be the vast majority of you.

With this 3.0 update, I’m certainly planning on giving Vlingo another shot and encourage you to check it out as well.

Anyone out there use Vlingo religiously? How do you like Vlingo over Google Voice Search? If you aren’t currently a Vlingo user, does a revamped Vlingo application make you want to try it out as well? Sound off to these questions (and more) in the comments.

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  • http://Website Coolbreeze

    I actually like this alot better than Google Voice search. It is way more accurate.

  • http://Website Ike

    The reason why I use Vlingo…Bluetooth.

    You can set your bluetooth headset button to launch Vlingo and Vlingo actually uses the headsets mic for voice input…two things that Google Voice fails to do.

    • http://www.healthytiger.com Healthy

      yeah. that is pretty huge. i don’t suppose it also work with headset/headphones? i assume it will still just pause/play music. because that is the more common set up for me.

    • http://Website JGarrido

      Bluetooth search actually *does* work with stock Android, and ROMs that are based off the official AOSP codebase, which has been baked in since Froyo. I have noticed though that it doesn’t seem to work with Sense 2.0-based ROMs (as I’ve noticed on my G2 running Virtuous Sense), so that may be the problem – you’re either running Sense (or some other custom ROM), or using something based on the codebase prior to Android 2.2.

      I should add that the baked-in support works without needing to interact with the screen at all, which I haven’t had as much success with using Vlingo. I typically need to provide confirmation more often with Vlingo, although I’ll admit it’s been a few months since I’ve tried using it.

  • http://www.bx3800.com Fitz

    I’m still a bit on the fence with Vlingo. I have used it for a couple of months now on my HTC EVO 4G and it was working great minus a few comprehension errors. I am not, however impressed with their In-Car mode. I know their still in beta, but it’s a little annoying if I have to tap the button to speak when they give me an option for a voice command. e.g. The option is to say “Hey Vlingo” to start listening. I say it repeatedly several times and nothing. Besides those little mishaps, it does have a nice look to it.

  • http://Website kazahani

    Vlingo has been one of my favorite apps for about two years now. True hands-free voice control over bluetooth is just amazing.

    Does your state have a no-texting-while-driving law like mine? Vlingo keeps you legal!

  • http://Website HectorPA

    I have a Jawbone Icon BT that I use with my Droid1, currently using Choice Dialer+ as that was the only app I could find that worked as a true hands-free dialer. I tried Vlingo a couple months ago and it wouldn’t dial any of my contacts with BT. I don’t have the need for social media but I would like a more accurate dialer as CD+ often won’t work properly. Does this new Vlingo version do any better on simple, everyday BT outgoing calls?

  • http://Website CeeJ

    I love Vlingo. The voice recognition is superior to Google’s. However the new update removed the intergration with Handcent which is a big drawback.

  • http://Website david

    I have had vlingo on my phone since it became free and google’s voice search since I upgraded to 2.1 or what ever the min requirement is. Honestly I don’t use either of them often. I find the voice recognition to be horrible in both apps. Rarely does it get words right.

    It has been a while since I have used vlingo to open an app but one of the problems I had early on with it is that vlingo’s list of known apps is limited and it is maintained by vlingo. I don’t know if they changed this or not but if you want to use it to open an app it only recognizes apps in vlingo’s database of apps :-(

  • http://Website André

    I have been using Vlingo for the last few months without many hassles. Unfortunately since the last update Vlingo doesn’t work with a direct headset bluetooth voice dialing anymore. Now you have to interact with the screen. That’s a deal breaker for me. Can someone tell me which app will work without screen interaction?

  • theetrueyoshi

    I’m hopping that one day, hopefully sooner then later. A person could turn on a app like this and speak into it Korean and come out in another language like English. That would make my life so peachy!

  • nerdstalker

    Google Voice sms is FREE, so how does one use Vlingo with Google voice for sms?