Yahoo! oneSearch™ Further Revolutionizes Mobile Search by Adding Voice Input
LAS VEGAS, CTIA WIRELESS (April 2, 2008) – Working with vlingo, Yahoo! today debuted voice-powered Yahoo! oneSearch, providing a new input method for the industry’s leading mobile search service. During his keynote speech today, Marco Boerries, Yahoo!’s executive vice president of Connected Life, unveiled his vision for the next frontier of mobile search and as part of this vision, debuted voice-enabled Yahoo! oneSearch featuring vlingo’s advanced speech recognition technology. Available beginning today for select Blackberry users in the United States, the new voice-enabled Yahoo! oneSearch can be downloaded from http://m.yahoo.com/voice. Over the coming months, the product is expected to support additional devices and become available internationally.
“Consumers have not been able to access the full potential of the mobile Web because they have been held back by limited user interfaces,” said Dave Grannan, CEO, vlingo. “Vlingo and Yahoo! improve the experience by giving mobile consumers total control over the Web by combining the power of speech with the leading mobile search service.”
Vlingo gives consumers control over the mobile Internet with the power of their voices. Users do not need to change how they speak or memorize a list of commands. They can say what they want, how they want, and vlingo captures the results – word for word. Vlingo’s voice-enabling technology is a natural input method for mobile search queries and provides Yahoo! oneSearch users with a simple way to access the instant answers and relevant information. With the most accurate system on the market that gets even better with use, vlingo gives users the ability to freely mix typing and talking with no limits on what they can say.
Voice-enabled Yahoo! oneSearch represents the first collaboration between vlingo and Yahoo!. Separately today, vlingo announced that it has secured a series B financing round, led by Yahoo! Inc. (see separate announcement, “Vlingo Secures $20 Million in Series B Financing Led by Internet Leader Yahoo!”).
For additional information on Yahoo! oneSearch please visit http://mobile.yahoo.com.
Vlingo and Yahoo! will be exhibiting the new voice enabled Yahoo! oneSearch service at their respective booths – vlingo #4105 in the North Hall, and Yahoo! #1019 in the Central Hall.
Vlingo is a voice-powered user interface that unlocks access to mobile phone wireless data services. Vlingo allows users to speak or type into any vlingo-enabled text box and get accurate, easy and consistent access to all the information, entertainment and communication made possible through today’s mobile applications. By giving consumers control of the mobile Internet with the power of their voices, vlingo provides a quantum leap in usability for mobile data services that are currently restricted by limited user interfaces.IDC has named vlingo one of the “Ten Emerging Mobile Players to Watch in 2008.” The company secured its venture capital financing from Charles River Ventures, Sigma Partners and Yahoo! Inc. Founded in 2006, vlingo is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Why tap when you can talk? www.vlingo.com.