by Andrew Grush, 8 months ago
Ever heard the old saying, “the walls have ears?” Apparently smartphones have ears as well, at least if Nuance has its way. Voice communication with a smartphone isn’t anything new, but Nuance is hoping to…
It looks like we have a bit of good news for those who may have been using the Dragon Go! app. Well, provided you are also using Android Ice Cream Sandwich, but more on that bit in a moment. Nuance has released their latest Dragon branded app, Dragon Mobile Assistant which is a follow-up to Dragon Go.
The app is available in Google Play and is both free to download and free to use. The Dragon Mobile Assistant app is sitting at version 1.0.0 and measures in as a 27MB file download. The folks at Nuance did note that the app (while available to download), is still considered beta at the moment. The other catch, it will only run on devices with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. And despite the Google Play listing stating 4.0 and up, that does not seem to include Jelly Bean.
Focusing back to the good and we have an app that promises “natural language understanding and artificial intelligence capabilities.” Simply put, the Dragon Mobile Assistant app will allow you to do things such as make calls, send text messages, schedule calendar appointments and open content from more than 200 content providers. The key here, the app uses natural language which means you can say things such as “Send out a new Tweet, I can't believe that finish to the game!”
The app also offers a hands-free experience for those times when it may be safer to keep your phone out of your hands — say, while driving. In this case, you can wake up Dragon by saying “Hi Dragon.” You can also listen to incoming text messages in Driver Mode.
Finally, for those interested in this app and not running ICS, Nuance did mention that they have “expanded availability and new features planned before the end of 2012.”
Immediately Downloadable in Beta for Android, Dragon Delivers Elegant, Intelligent Mobile Assistant Experience
Burlington, Mass. – October 24, 2012 – Nuance Communications, Inc. today announced the beta availability of Dragon Mobile Assistant for Android. Dragon expands the natural language understanding and artificial intelligence capabilities first showcased as part of the successful Dragon Go! application. The Dragon Mobile Assistant sends texts, makes calls, sets appointments, and delivers direct access to open content on the mobile web from more than 200 content providers.
“Consumers loved the original Dragon Go! and wanted even more”, said Michael Thompson, executive vice president and general manager, Nuance Mobile, “So we totally redesigned the experience in a conversational way and added the most popular personal assistant features.”
For example, people can say:
· “Tell Natalie, ‘I'm on the way to the office and will grab you a Starbucks'”
· “Schedule a meeting for 2 p.m. tomorrow with John Smith”
· “Get directions to the New England Aquarium”
· “How's the weather look this week?”
· “Send out a new Tweet, I can't believe that finish to the game!”
Dragon also offers a hands-free personal assistant experience. Simply wake up Dragon by saying “Hi Dragon.” Or, listen to inbound text messages in Driver Mode.
“Nuance is investing deeply in Natural Language Understanding and conversational dialog technologies”, said Vlad Sejnoha, chief technology officer, Nuance, “We will continue to add new innovations to the Dragon Mobile Assistant to explore what's possible, and to push the limits of intelligent voice interfaces across all mobile form factors, including phones, tablets, PCs, cars, and televisions.”
Dragon is available in beta for free in English on Google Play in the US, supporting Android Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) and above, with expanded availability and new features planned before the end of 2012.