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Nuance’s Dragon Mobile Assistant, For Those That Love Chatting With Their Phones

This morning, Nuance (the same folks that bought out Swype), released Dragon Mobile Assistant. Think Google Now and Siri combined. It’s much like their previous application called Dragon Go, except this is based on conversations with your device itself and it relaying info and doing tasks for you. 

Here are a few examples of things you can do with Dragon:

Make a call – “Call Ashley on her mobile”
Send a text message – “Tell John I’ll be there in five”
Create a calendar event – “Set up a meeting with Jake Barnes tomorrow at 2pm”
Update Facebook or Twitter – “Sent out a new Tweet, What a finish to the game!”
Use maps and find directions – “What’s the best way to Portland, Maine?”
Find restaurants and make reservations – “Find brewpubs in Boston”
Check the weather – “How’s the weather look this week?”
Look up local businesses and points of interest – “Fenway Park”

If you check out the video below, you can see that the app’s voice isn’t that bad actually. Not as good as Google Now, but definitely not as robotic sounding as Siri. If hands-free operation is a must, then give it a try. As a note, it is currently available for Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean devices only. Sorry.

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  • Jack

    It doesn’t work correctly with the galaxy s3 🙁
    And I’m extremely intrigued by this app.the sms integration works amazingly

  • ChuckDz3

    Love Google Now, nothing beats its functionality . But one app that has my attention and has gone down the right path as a virtual assistant is Robin. Definitely worth trying out

  • bleeew

    Naunce also was part in making Siri, and were in feature phones on Verizon.

  • I literally JUST rooted and flashed my Droid Razr to get Google Now!

  • Mike A

    Is it better than speaktoit assistant?

  • cee_em_jay

    Anyone use/familiar with Vlingo and if so, how’s this compare to it?

    • stuckey27

      Nuance just purchased vlingo this week, which is why they are releasing this now! I’ve been using vlingo for awhile and so far, vlingo kicks the crap outta Dragon assistant!

      • lostsync

        Interesting. I used Vlingo a lot in the car with my OG. It’s never worked right with my headset on the Gnex so I pretty much abandoned it. I’m not sure if it’s Vlingo’s or Android’s issue, but it has never worked for me on ICS or JB, stock or otherwise.

  • cloutist4

    The app called Robin: the Siri Challenger (or something like that) is better in my experience

  • joejoe5709

    Google Search/Now does most of this already. The calendar function would be the nicest part. I’ll wait to see what 4.2 has to offer for upgrades.

  • Trey Fordham

    The Thumbnail title is Dragon Ass if you hover over it. That made my day.

    • JohnPA2006

      Makes me think of being tired, or giant scaley fire breating rump.

    • New_Guy

      Sure is, hahaha :D!

    • Gregory Pickering

      Dammmmmmiiittttt…. you beat me to it.

  • kaufkin

    didn’t get past the agreement. way too much personal information pillaging going on.

  • how’s the voice recognition? If it’s as terrible as S-Voice then this is a no go

  • Raven

    I downloaded it because I am a fan of Nuance Dragon products. At first glance it looks very polished. But, I am at work (in a cube) and I am not going to talk to my phone right now, which is the problem with all of these voice control apps. It does apparently have a special Driver mode which I do find intriguing as using it to read incoming texts and send short replies when I am driving interests me the most about it. Now, if it would just integrate with PowerAmp so that I can tell it which song to play I would be totally sold.

    • MikeCiggy

      Google now lets you tell it to play a specific song or artist

      • picaso86

        But only from Google Music.

  • Mack

    I definitely like the conversation aspect of it but it’s not a Google Now replacement. I can’t wait for Google Now to get device functions such as toggling wifi/bluetooth/etc. and sending messages/making calls.

    • mudleyblind

      Yes I agree. Waiting for Google now to do a lot of voice commands altogether especially in driving mode where you don’t need to tap the phone even to send a text message, instead just “send” should send the message and “call” should directly call the number instead of getting the number for us to tap the number.

    • NexusPhan69

      Google Now can already send texts and make phone calls…

      • Mack

        Well it doesn’t seem to want to work on my phone.

        • j

          I’ve been making calls and sending texts on Android for years. Android had voice commands (go to websites, send texts, make calls, get directions, show a map, etc) way back in 2.x.x days long before Google Now.

      • Mack

        Never mine…user error I guess. Haha I feel like a dumb-ass now.

        • Mack


      • New_Guy

        The fact that all you have to do to activiate it is say, “Google…” is pretty bad ass as well :).

      • Scoccercoach

        So can Siri

  • lrohenaz

    Is the circular linking strategy aimed at sacrificing usability in exchange for marginal SEO brownie points? If so I think you might be underestimating how annoying it is to click links that go nowhere.

  • Disqus

    That’s a nice phone

  • derek connolly

    Not compatible with my Nexus 7 running aokp b.5. Works for GNEX and RAZR though

    • JoshGroff

      I noticed the same thing, wonder if it’s just not compatible with the N7. I don’t care enough to flash stock, but anyone else having it listed as compatible?

      • ArrowCool

        My N7 is still on stock. It shows up as unavailable for the N7.

        EDIT: It looks like it is, however, compatible with my Touchpad.

  • ToddAwesome

    “when will the Thunderbolt get ICS?”

    • sonofskywalker3

      Never. Buy a better phone.

      • ToddAwesome

        Dragon, right again!

      • New_Guy

        Or flash Liquid ICS and be happy as hell 🙂

    • john

      My Thunderbolt got ICS months ago. I was put on by my 2 year old.

      • ToddAwesome

        Did they use paste or play-doh to put it on?

        • New_Guy

          Ha =D!+1 for sure

  • Michael_NM

    I only talk to my phone when there is a person talking to me on another phone.

  • “when will verizon release the damn note 2!”

    • sonofskywalker3

      I believe it’s pronounced “galaxy” note 2..

      • assume joke.

        • cool guys version = GN2

          • JoshGroff

            GN2 is reserved for Galaxy Nexus 2. 😉

          • Gnex* & GNote* for disambiguation. I win 🙂

          • JoshGroff