Thanks to a partnership
, owners of Android 2.0 or higher-equipped phones can now check in to Foursquare
and update their status on Facebook
simply by speaking into their phones.
To try it out, download the free Vlingo app
to your Android handset.
Using your voice, you can then update your location status on Foursquare by saying “check into Logan Airport”, locate your friends with commands like “where are my friends?” and “who’s nearby?” as well as send shout-outs to your buddies (e.g. “shout at Logan Airport waiting to board a plane to San Francisco”).
That’s not all though. The latest version of the Vlingo app also lets users share the service with their friends with the click of a button and also update their status on Facebook, Twitter and/or Foursquare at the same time by saying “social update” and speaking the message.
Previous Vlingo features remain, too: you can still use the app to send text and email messages, search the web, use Google maps and more.
As for BlackBerry, iPhone and Nokia S60 users – they’ll have to be patient for a while before they can start updating their status and locations with their voice.
Vlingo says it plans to roll out this functionality to other supported platforms in a future release but didn’t mention specific dates.
Do you consider voice-driven applications to be an ideal way to interact with mobile apps on your phone? Why (not)?
Website: vlingo.com Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States Funding: $26.5M
Cambridge-based Vlingo is trying to make voice enabling applications easier, by using their own speech-to-text J2ME/Brew application API (Windows/Symbian later this year). Using the API, developers will be able translate a user’s voice to text, and… Learn More
Website: foursquare.com Location: New York, New York, United States Founded: March 11, 2009 Funding: $21.4M
Foursquare is a location based social network that incorporates gaming elements.
Users share their location with friends by “checking in” via a smartphone app or by text message. Points are awarded for checking in at various venues. Users can… Learn MoreInformation provided by CrunchBase
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