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CTIA 2010: Vlingo Adds SafeReader Free to Vlingo for BlackBerry Smartphones

By Bla1ze on 24 Mar 2010 12:32 am EDT
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*UPDATE- Vlingo 4.5 links are now live in BlackBerry App World*

Vlingo has a new addition to their already awesome services arriving later today. Vlingo 4.5 add the new, free Safe reader funtion that helps prevent the whole driving while texting scenario. It's getting to be a standard law these days that no wireless device functions be used while driving.

“Although Vlingo does not condone the use of a mobile device while driving, we believe SafeReader provides a safe, hands-free option for receiving must-have messages while on the go,” said Dave Grannan, chief executive officer of Vlingo. “Before getting on the road, simply press a button, speak to the device ‘Start SafeReader’, and all incoming messages will be delivered audibly, without fail. We believe that any distracted driving is dangerous, but with SafeReader we can ensure that getting incoming texts and emails when driving is no more distracting than listening to the radio. By providing our BlackBerry smartphone users with SafeReader we hope to keep the roads a little safer.”

Vlingo 4.5 with Safereader will be released through BlackBerry App World and via the Vlingo website later today. Having checked out quite a few apps that offer similar services recently, I'm excited to see what Vlingo has in store for this area of apps. Once the application goes live, we'll update the post for you all. Full press released is after that jump if ya want give it a read through.

Vlingo Adds SafeReader, Reads Emails and Text Messages Aloud.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (March 24, 2010) - Vlingo Corporation, maker of the world’s most popular mobile voice application, today announced version 4.5 of Vlingo, offering a new, free feature that gives users more “hands-free” control of their BlackBerry® smartphones and helps deter driving while texting (DWT). SafeReader, a free feature available immediately to all users of Vlingo for BlackBerry smartphone users, provides drivers with a safer, easier way to consume incoming text and email messages. Rather than fumbling to retrieve and read messages while on the road, SafeReader reads them aloud so drivers never have to take their eyes off of the road or hands off of the wheel.

“Although Vlingo does not condone the use of a mobile device while driving, we believe SafeReader provides a safe, hands-free option for receiving must-have messages while on the go,” said Dave Grannan, chief executive officer of Vlingo. “Before getting on the road, simply press a button, speak to the device ‘Start SafeReader’, and all incoming messages will be delivered audibly, without fail. We believe that any distracted driving is dangerous, but with SafeReader we can ensure that getting incoming texts and emails when driving is no more distracting than listening to the radio. By providing our BlackBerry smartphone users with SafeReader we hope to keep the roads a little safer.”

The concept for SafeReader originated from and developed as a result of Vlingo’s proprietary DWT data research. Each year the company conducts and publishes the Vlingo Consumer Mobile Messaging Habits Report to examine over 4,800 consumer attitudes and habits nationwide around the topic of DWT. According to initial 2010 results, 93% of consumers today believe reading or typing a text message while driving is as unsafe as not wearing a seatbelt, yet a quarter of those surveyed admit to having done it in the past. In fact, 66% believe the practice presents one of the biggest distractions drivers face on the road, while most (87%) believe it should be illegal. Complete survey results will be published later this spring.

Users worldwide already use Vlingo’s speech to text technology to send a text or email message, call a friend, search the web, update their Facebook or Twitter status, use instant messaging, add contacts and calendar entries and more, simply by speaking into their phone. SafeReader expands upon these extensive features by offering the reverse functionality – text to speech – and allowing users to experience a more thorough and more reliable hands-free experience.

Vlingo 4.5 for BlackBerry smartphones with SafeReader can be downloaded for free on BlackBerry App World™ (www.blackberry.com/appworld) or directly from Vlingo (www.vlingo.com).

About Vlingo

With Vlingo, users can instantly send a text or email message, call a friend, search the web, update their Facebook or Twitter status, use instant messaging, add contacts and calendar entries and more by just speaking into their phone. As the inventor of the mobile phone “voice user interface,” Vlingo is the only technology that allows people to use virtually any application on the phone simply by pressing a button and speaking to the phone. Founded in 2006, Vlingo is backed by Charles River Ventures, Sigma Partners, Yahoo! and AT&T and headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts. For more information, go to www.vlingo.com.

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CTIA 2010: Vlingo Adds SafeReader Free to Vlingo for BlackBerry Smartphones

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Vlingo looks like it might do a better job, from what I've seen of it. Def checking it out as well when it gets released.

As for the comic, simply epic. Made my night lol.

I wonder if this version fixes the bug with volume changes in the media apps? I have the premium version but had to install it because this was driving me crazy.... For some odd reason, Vlingo was causing the volume to reset after EVERY song in ALL media apps (BB media player, Slacker, Pandora, etc). I will gladly reinstall this awesome app if this bug has been fixed...

Last I looked there were problems with the last release & their web site currently shows no support for 5.0 on the Tour.

And pretty sweet! When activated, the reader starts reading your incoming messages immediately. I will have to test the audio problems I mentioned above for a day or so to see if it is still a problem, but so far it seems to have been fixed.

Working great thus far. Would like to see some more options similar to DriveSafe.ly such as being able to choose voice speed. One odd quirk is when you turn on SafeReader and it says "SafeReader On" the word ON is said very quickly and sounds cut off. It sounds perfect if you say "SafeReader On" to input into a text field though. I am keeping DriveSafe.ly on my S2 for now but I really like the idea of being able to turn off the text to speech feature with my voice(Vlingo) rather than having to open a separate to turn it off.(DriveSafe.ly)

I have the Vlingo Plus and don't see where I can download the update? do I have to just download the free version to get the new feature?

Same, I'm not sure if the article means going from 4.0.1 to 4.0.5 or to 4.5 but I have 4.0.5 and no sign of safe reader...
UPDATE- after posting I clicked on the vlingo link in the posting and it took me right to the new version 4.5.1. The link to vlingo.com near bottom.

If we install the 4.51 from v4.0.x do we lose our plus features such as:

*Send, Reply & Forward Texts to any Contact
*Send, Reply & Forward Emails to any Contact
*Vlingo Everywhere

I just got an email from Vlingo support...

Thank you for contacting Vlingo Customer Support.

You can download the update directly from your phone. You will not lose any paid features you already have a license for.

Point your phone's built in browser to www.vlingo.com/getvlingo to download the most current version of Vlingo for your device. If you have a valid Vlingo license the software will activate the first time you use it.

If you encounter any issues, please let us know by replying to this email.

Best regards,

Chris
Vlingo Support

I can vouch for this. I had saved my license code just in case. I upgraded with the free version and I didnt lose any of the Plus features.

I have a Storm2 through Verizon running this update of Vlingo Plus, OS 5.0.0.517 Platform 4.2.0.250 and cannot seem to get my search to work. I can speak a search term and it pulls up the page (set to search through Google) with my term, yet it does not produce the search results like it used to. I've sent an email to them this morning...anyone else having this problem?

Hello

Thank you for contacting Vlingo Customer Support.

We are aware that some users get a blank page when they try to search on Google using Vlingo. We are currently investigating this problem, but there is no workaround at this time. Affected users will need to configure Vlingo to search using the Yahoo Search engine, while we are working to address this problem.

To change the search engine in Vlingo:

1. Open Vlingo.
2. Select > Options
3. Set Web Search Engine to ‘Yahoo’.

Drivesafe.ly is a better app for message reading. It has more options; ability to choose which email addresses to read from is a big one for me.

I have Vlingo Plus 4.0.5. 8900, 5.0.0.461. When I attempt to install 4.5 I am presented with a page that says:

"We detect that you are using BlackBerry OS 5.0 but we could not detect that you are on a supported OS 5.0 device (Storm 2, Storm, or Bold 9700). Please select the download link below if you're a Storm 2, Storm, or Bold 9700 user running OS 5.0.:"

I will not anger the Crackerry gods. I finally got my 8900 where I want it. AND, I have DriveSafe.ly Pro. Love the subtle tone inflections on certain words, speed activated and ignores SmrtGuard email account.

Seems like a cool new feature, especially since I didn't have to pay to add it. After playing with it for a few minutes though, I'm a little disappointed that it won't read a full email. It only reads the first few sentences or so then says "Message truncated". I find that the first few sentences are often just pleasantries and if such is the case, SafeReader will stop reading before it gets to the important part of the email.

Any idea if there is a way to make it read a full email? In the options under "Audio" I selected "TTS Playback -> Full", but this had no effect.

Will be good for texts at least.

I cant get it to read to any of my messages, have safereader switched on & everything set up but when i receive an e-mail nothing happens. Any ideas ?

According to there web site Vlingo does not support BB operating system 5.0 for the tour. It only list three Models which were storm,storm 2,and bold 9700.I have not been able to use it on my tour 9630 at all with the 5.0 OS
it worked fine before the up date.So please help am i missing somthing. some one please get back to me on this. Thanks

I have downloaded the update on my Curve 8900 running 5.0.0.554, and I am loving the new feature. I am also using a Jawbone Icon and it works great with the bluetooth. It would be nice if the BBM would be supported as well, but maybe down the road they will add that. I use BBM more than SMS.

This app does not read any incoming Emails or texts if you have BerryBuzz 2. or higher. I'm sticking w/ Drivesafe.ly

Although it doesn't read an entire email like I mentioned earlier, I'm still finding this pretty useful and convenient. I've been leaving SafeReader on most of the time and it's great. Whenever an email or text came in before, you'd of course have to stop what you're doing and pick up the phone to read them...or to even find out if it was worth reading. Now I don't even bother to pick up the phone. I can keep on doin' what I'm doin' like writing this message and without stopping I can tell you right now that according to an email I just received that I have domain names that need renewing.

It's also nice in the morning when you're still in bed and only half awake. When an email comes in, you don't have to fumble your way out of bedside mode to read it. You can stay warmly tucked under the covers! haha

Although you'll likely want to turn off SafeReader in public so that a friend with a sense of humour doesn't text you the message "Hey buddy, you're an a**hole!" resulting in you getting punched in the face by a passerby. lol But when by yourself or with people you know, it's very handy and in my opinion just as useful outside the car as in. Looking forward to seeing if it'll work with my blueant hands-free speakerphone.

But of course, it WOULD be nice if you could choose whether it reads the entire email/text or just a portion.

I tried Vlingo way back when I first got my Pearl BB (which is now relatively outdated), but didn't find it too useful. Thought I'd try it again for the SafeReader, so I downloaded the free app.

Unfortunately the thing ate battery like crazy and slowed my phone down to a crawl.

Deleted it.

Well I tried Vlingo (free) and it failed each time. I have loaded the pre-4.5v as well as the newest 4.5v and in both cases, the Vlingo app failed (same results each time). After the inital load, the app did implement my first command however, upon the second request the app freezes. On top of Vlingo app freezes, it also take out the onboard BB hands-free service. The only thing that did work was the new SafeReader sub-program.

I also have loaded DriveSafe.ly (free) on the Storm 2 and it has worked flawlessly. Guess where I am going to stay.

The good news though is you get a lot of memory back when you unload the Vlingo app. I DO NOT RECOMMEND......

Added Safereader to my purchased Vlingo Plus and it refuses to read html so text messages come through with "colour blue, slash,slash, etc."!

Contacted Vlingo Support three times and they said they will bring it to their developers' attention. However they still advertise that it reads html.

Vlingo works great on my Storm2. It hasn't slowed my phone down. I've been using it much more lately and now it's really getting good at recognizing what I'm saying. It's true that it learns your voice patterns. It even gets my name right! ++

It's gotten so good I went ahead and purchased Vlingo Plus for $3.99/mo. I have to say it's probably the most used app now. Love the SafeReader function. Very efficient and reliable... I timed it with use against Dragon for Email and it was done at precisely the same time. I used the Crackberry Idol contestant that reviewed Dragon for Email (holding my Storm2 up to my speakers as she spoke into her phone for the video.