Applications integrating voice recognition technologies offer new opportunities for mobile professionals. Aside from Siri, one of the main applications of the iPhone 4S, many free and proprietary mobile applications make use of the voice recognition technology to meet the different needs/practices. Here is a small selection of applications available for Android and iOS devices.
Speech recognition applications: The uses
The voice recognition applications are now declined on different platform (iOS and Android, BlackBerry, Nokia, etc.)., serve different purposes and practices related to uses a mobile use:
- Make calls using for standard voice commands (search in the directory calls)
- Web Search
- Search for addresses and routes (e.g Google Maps)
- Update your status on social networks (Facebook, Twitter)
This free app for iOS 4.0 devices (also declined Android, Nokia and BlackBerry) is a personal assistant to perform different tasks.
Download Vlingo for iOS
Manage your contacts list
Vocalia is an application for the iPhone ($ 3.99) which allows you to select the contacts folder and launch calls, manage access to your favorites on the Safari browser, and access to the iTunes library using voice command.
It also allows:
Create shortcuts (voice commands)
To import favorites from Mac or PC
Compatibility: iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad (as from iOS 3.1)
This application (€ 0.90) allows users to perform various actions on their Android device via several standard voice commands. It allows to initiate calls, send SMS, launch a browser session, manage memos, set the tone, or enable/disable WiFi.
Compatibility: Android OS 2.0 and above
Vlingo This application allows you to send SMS, start a browsing session and update your Facebook status.
Compatibility: Android 2.0.1 and higher
Google voice search
This free mobile application allows you to perform searches on the Google Search engine. The results appear in a browser page.
Google Translation In addition to the translation of classic text, this application support voice commands (17 languages ??supported).
Geolocation and mapping
This free application (beta) offers a GPS navigation system (via the internet) integrating voice control features. It allows the user to state the destination instead of typing it, thus making it the ideal mapping app for an hands-free use.