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Sprint App of the Week – Virtual Assistants

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With all the recent buzz over using voice commands to complete tasks on your Smartphone we wanted to show you some cool apps that are very intuitive. So today’s Sprint App of the Week is dedicated to virtual assistant applications.

They are not quite as intuitive as M5 from Star Trek but they can help you complete tasks on your Smartphone a lot quicker. We live fast paced lives and our phones help us get through the daily grind much easier. We use our phones when we are on the go to check email, weather, search restaurants, listen to music and so much more.

What if you could check your weather by asking your phone? Or even ask your phone to send an email? How about if you could find out who won the 2011 World Series by just asking your phone and not having to type in a search box? Well you can with the introduction of voice-recognition applications.

So if you’re down with voice actions try one out and please comment and let us know what you think.

Siri– created by Apple for iOS 5 and available on iPhone 4S

Features:

  • Send messages (text and email)
  • Place a call
  • Set a reminder
  • Get directions
  • Search the web
  • Play a song
  • Set an alarm
  • Check the weather
  • And so much more

David Pogue at the New York Times describes it as “Crazy good, transformative, category-redefining speech recognition.”

http://www.apple.com/iphone/features/siri.html

Vlingo- created for Android (2.0 or higher), iOS, Blackberry, and Windows by Vlingo, Inc.

Features:

  • Send text or emails
  • Call a contact
  • Search for business or restaurants
  • Search the web
  • Update your social networks
  • Get driving directions
  • Vlingo in Car- allows you to keep your hands completely free and make calls, get directions, and send text messages (also listen to incoming messages) all with voice recognition.

The Wall Street Journal boasts how “Vlingo will do whatever you’ve told it to do.”

CNET says “Vlingo adds Jedi-like levels of mind tricks."

http://www.vlingo.com/apps

Jeannie(formerly known as Voice Actions) - created by Pannous for Android and iOS (4.0 or later)

Features:

  • Dial a contact
  • Set reminders and alarms
  • Open music, favorites, recent calls
  • Get the latest news
  • Search images
  • Start applications
  • Translates
  • What is the weather like
  • Ask random questions like:
    • Read me a poem?
    • Who is the current President?
    • What are you?
  • And so much more…

Pro Version $2.99 in the Market and let you do everything listed above plus the below features.

  • Speaks faster
  • Speaks louder
  • Speaks in different languages
  • Controls Wifi, Bluetooth and volume
  • More stable than free version.

This app has a lot of great user reviews online.

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.pannous.voice.actions.free

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