Vlingo 3.0 Adds Enhanced Hands‐free features; Expands Support to Include the BlackBerry Storm,BlackBerry Bold, BlackBerry Curve 8900 and BlackBerry Pearl Flip Smartphones
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. (May 6, 2009) – Vlingo Corporation, maker of the world’s most popular mobilevoice application, today announced version 3.0 of Vlingo, offering a rich feature set that provides userswith “hands‐free” control of their BlackBerry® smartphones. Using the power of voice, Vlingo alreadyenables users to send and reply to emails and text messages, search the mobile Web, dial the phone,look up contacts, and launch built‐in applications — just by using their voice. With Vlingo 3.0, users gainan enhanced text‐to‐speech read‐back feature for easy hands‐free confirmation of what was spoken,the ability to speak action requests such as “send” , and support for wired headsets as well as manyBluetooth® headsets.
Version 3.0 of Vlingo is available now for many corporate BlackBerry® smartphone users with supportfor the BlackBerry®Storm™, BlackBerry®Bold™, BlackBerry®Curve™ 8900 and BlackBerry® Pearl™ Flipsmartphones, making Vlingo available to more mobile users than ever before. Additionally, theBlackBerry Storm features a special version of the application, which is optimized for its touch screeninterface.
“We introduced Vlingo less than a year ago and already millions of people are using it. We designedVlingo to meet the real‐time communications and multimedia needs of BlackBerry users on the go,” saidDave Grannan, CEO of Vlingo. “With our latest version, we are excited to give users ‘hands‐free’ controlof their BlackBerry smartphones, simply by using the power of their voice.”
Vlingo gives BlackBerry smartphone users the ability to power the most popular features by voice. Theycan simply press the side “convenience” key on their handset, which lets them speak commands into thesmartphone. Vlingo 3.0 gives a user’s voice the ability to:
- 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 application
BlackBerry smartphone users can get additional voice capabilities, including the ability to send and replyto text messages and emails to anyone for a one‐time charge of $17.99. Existing users of Vlingo 2.0 cancontinue to use Vlingo 2.0 at no additional charge.
With Vlingo, users do not need to change how they speak or memorize a list of commands. They simply say what they want, how they want, and Vlingo captures the results – word for word, almostinstantaneously. Offering the most accurate system on the market that gets even better as more usersjoin the community, Vlingo gives users the ability to freely mix typing and talking with no limits on whatthey can say.
Availability and Compatibility
Vlingo is available for the BlackBerry Bold and BlackBerry Storm smartphones, as well as the BlackBerryPearl, BlackBerry Curve and BlackBerry®8800 series smartphones. U.S., Canadian and UK users can getVlingo on BlackBerry App World™ (www.blackberry.com/appworld) or go to http://www.vlingo.com/v2to download directly from your PC).
Follow vlingo on Twitter at http://twitter.com/vlingo and on the Vlingo blog at http://blog.vlingo.comfor regular news and updates.
Vlingo lets people control their mobile phones with the power of voice. With Vlingo, people can simplyspeak to their phone to send a text or email message, call a friend, search the mobile Web, update theirFacebook status, and whole lot more. As the inventor of the mobile phone “voice user interface,”Vlingo is the only technology that allows people to open and use virtually any application on the phonesimply by pressing a button and speaking to the phone. Founded in 2006, Vlingo is backed by CharlesRiver Ventures, Sigma Partners and Yahoo and headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts. For moreinformation, go to www.vlingo.com.
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