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Top voice-activated smartphone apps

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by Kimberly Deas

The latest voice-activated technology has perfected recognizing your words, but it can do so much more: make phone calls, create e-mails or text messages, do Internet searches, or even update your social media status.

Here are some of the best applications that will have you going “hands free” in no time.

1. Vlingo ( Convert your voice into calls, e-mails or texts and hear incoming messages and calendar events. This application has it all. The free version lets you send text messages to other Vlingo users, but for a one-time fee of $6.99–$19.99 (depending on your smartphone), you can unlock all the features. Truly a value since it does it all in one application.

2. Dragon (BlackBerry + Apple products) Offers Dragon Emails (for BlackBerrys), Dragon Dictations and Dragon Search (for Apple products). Dragon is the leader in voice-recognition technology for PCs and has a high-quality product for mobile phones. Although high quality and trainable, the BlackBerry user will be disappointed since the BlackBerry product only does e-mails and not texts or searches.

3. Flex T9 (Dragon for Android) Now we are talking. This application can seamlessly switch between various input modes (speaking, tapping, typing, tracing). The speaking function lets you do e-mails, text messages, social media updates and web searches. This is a real competitor of Vlingo, but only for the Android. At $4.99, this is a great value (sorry, BlackBerry and iPhone users).


Author: Kimberly Deas combines her 10+ years’ experience in telecommunications with a background in personal coaching and results-oriented training.

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