APP WATCH: Vlingo for Android

BlackBerry users with Vlingo have been getting their emails read aloud for a while now, and now the popular voice recognition app is available on Android.


Vlingo lets users dictate almost any action to their smartphone, including web search, Google Maps search and status updates on Twitter. There is also a text-to-speech feature called SafeReader, which reads aloud messages - particularly for drivers needing to check texts and emails.


The app comes with a homescreen widget and the Vlingo Everywhere voice keyboard to speak commands into any application. Try to put on your best Yankee accent though - it's calibrated for US English.


Vlingo is available for US$9.99 (£6.80) on Android 2.0 and up devices - so while HTC Heros on v.1.5 still won't be able to bark commands into the phone, users of the Motorola Milestone, HTC Legend and HTC Desire will. The app will also come preloaded on some Android handsets shipping this year.


To see it in action, check out the official video here.

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