The completely hands free operation in InCar mode blows everything else out of the water. No touching, no looking at the screen, at all.
"Vlingo. Text Sonja, message, Can Siri do this?"
"Say send to send..."
Eyes never off the road, hands never off the wheel.
I was wondering what you meant by too many permissions.
Send and Read SMS - Without it, the text function doesn't work. Make calls - Without it the voice dialing doesn't work. Record Audio - Kinda self explanitory there. Contact data - Needed to say a person's name to text or call.
Besides GPS, I really don't see anything else extraordinary. Siri knows at least that much, and whatever else Apple baked in. Also, Vlingo is available for iPhone, so obviously Apple had no problem with it in their approval process either.
But, I'm looking at the permissions here: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.vlingo.client&hl=en
Maybe I'm dense, but I'm really not seeing anything out of the ordinary for a multifunctional voice app. I've had keyboards ask for more permissions than this.
BTW, for those who don't know. Nuance owns Dragon Naturally Speaking (long time, as in for Win95) speech recognition apps for business and medical transcription, Swype, and Vlingo.
They're pretty much cornering the market now with Dragon GO, Swype, and Vlingo. Dragon Go is a little more Siri-ish, less voice action oriented.
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