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Dragon Mobile Assistant Receives 5.2 Update, Brings With it the Ability to Unlock Devices With Voice

Dragon Mobile Assistant, the free Android virtual assistant app from Nuance, is receiving an update to version 5.2 today with a couple of neat goodies. The main attraction is Nuance’s voice print recognition features, which allows users’ devices to respond only to them and to even wake up when a command is given.

By teaching the service your voice print through the app, you’ll be able to cut down on others’ being able to command your device. You’ll also be able to unlock your device using a command, but stay wary as this will likely impact battery life significantly.

Also added in the update is support for landscape mode, which means hands-free usage in the Drive Mode will be made a little bit more smooth. The final new feature (apart from bug fixes, of course) is an improved in-app web browser, with greater efficiency in downloading content and the ability to share right from your results.

The free app update is available on Google Play right now. Give the new voice recognition features a shot and let us know how it’s impacting your battery down in the comments.

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  • Jhan-Michael Lyons

    They say it isn’t compatible with my nexus 4… 🙁

  • Raven

    My voice is my passport. Verify me.

    For the youngins out there, go watch Sneakers.

  • fritzo2162

    Not sure I’m alone in this:

    I can appreciate what a marvel voice recognition technology is. Being able to decipher nuances, accents, and dialects is just totally mind blowing to me. I can’t even imagine all of the algorithms that had to be created and collected to accomplish this feat.

    However, I also hate it.

    Using a phone or tablet is a personal experience. I don’t want to be out in public saying things like “Navigate to xxx Main Street” or “Call Wife’s Cell Phone” to my phone. It’s uncomfortable, it makes you look a cross between douchey and weird (much in the same way people look when holding conversations on Bluetooth in public), and it invades that “personal space” the device provides.

    I know voice recognition has it’s uses, but it seems they’re pouring way too much into it.

    • OF

      I feel the exact same way.

    • brkshr

      I feel the same way. That’s why I don’t talk to my phone while in public or in certain circumstances. I pretty much just use voice contol at work and home.

  • Zurdo

    Could anyone post a link with the apk? I can’t download from spain.

    Thank you.

  • Zharrief

    If you have Moto X, does this use the contextual cores or the OS cores? AKA, will my battery life take a huge hit on Moto X?

    • Zach Wagner

      Probably not, as it wasn’t designed with the extra cores in mind. Since I have a moto x I’m curious what advantages this has over my stock android. Can anyone fill me in?

  • Timothy K.

    So does it work similar to Motorola Assist on the Moto X?

    • Not exactly. If I’m not mistaken, you can’t give voice commands to Assist. DMA is more Siri-esque.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        I think he mesnt Touchless Controls. Though the Drive Mode is similar to Assist.

        • Lucky Armpit

          I was curious about this vs. Touchless Controls as I find the Touchless Controls to be more trouble than they are worth most of the time.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            Touchless Controls for anything but phone calls is just a hands free voice activation for Google Search (and text message reply while in Assist drive mode).

            If you are talking about consistent activation, I would doubt it is better with the screen off, and likely uses a great deal of battery power in the process, as there are no APIs that I am aware of to tap into the hardware-based always listening features of any device (which is probably a good thing).

      • Ray

        No its really slow honestly.