Second only to Google Voice Search in terms of popularity on Android, Vlingo received a major update today. What's new? The entire UI has been streamlined into a much more intuitive list format that makes learning Vlingo's various voice command capabilities, or quickly accessing them, a breeze.

You can send text messages, make phone calls, find places, open apps, get directions, buy movie tickets, and more. Vlingo also includes a handy InCar mode, which you can set to activate automatically whenever your phone connects to a Bluetooth headset.

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More important than the spiffy new look, though, is the added support for more languages. Vlingo can now accept voice commands in 8 different languages, including: French, Spanish, Italian, German, Mandarin, Korean (beta), Japanese (beta), and of course, English.

The Vlingo team has also improved local search and messaging capabilities, two of Google Voice Search's big strengths. And, of course, Vlingo remains free. There's a pile of features that I haven't even talked about here, so do yourself a favor and check it out. You can get it on the Market now.

via Android HDBlog

David Ruddock
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  • Droidlover

    Now ad supported? With stupid ads designed to look like they are part of the app itself? Not impressed.

    • David Ruddock

      It's kind of hard for Vlingo to make their business model work without advertising of some kind. It beats the $10 the app itself used to cost.

      Though, I'm sure some people would prefer to cough up that much in order to get rid of them.

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      or you must pay fee? which you want ?

  • Droidlover

    I agree with that but...

    a) I don't believe they've had ads before now.
    b) They are competing with free, ad-free Voice Search which is quite good itself.

    • David Ruddock

      For sure, I agree with you - and I think they added ads once they felt their user base was large enough. More of a strategic decision than a sudden change of heart, I'm thinking.

      But yeah, I don't use Vlingo, myself - Voice Search does everything I need. Still, Vlingo has some nifty features (especially car mode).

  • Duffin

    I don't really find Vlingo useful right now. The one thing I like is the in-car option, but the problem is, once you go to another app, it no longer accepts voice commands. If I could go into Navigation and say "Hey Vlingo" and then say a command, that would be superb. Hopefully someday, they will let you run Vlingo in the background somehow. I'm not sure if this is even possible with Android, but it would be great.

    • Stefan C. Ionescu

      sure it is possible with android.

  • Stefan C. Ionescu

    Why they do not note that it needs internet connection to actually work. without it it fails after every command spoked with "network error".

    • David Ruddock

      All voice commands apps do. The processing of the voice command is done via the net - transcribing voice very accurately requires a lot of computing power and complex algorithms.

      • Stefan C. Ionescu

        Cyberon Voice Commander does not need internet and works great. Could test it on a friends phone!

        Even google voice search works offline, though i don't find it very accurate.

        This is still an information they should provide.

        • Duffin

          I've never gotten Google voice search to work without a net connection. I think you're incorrect on that.

  • Infodude

    I paid for the app, and now I'm subjected to visual noise, and the translation seems poorer. I just may dump it.

  • Joe Maguire

    How do I get rid of it my galaxy s 2 will not let me do calls in the car. I press my wheel call button and it opens that vlingo menu I say to call someone and it says processing and my car goes back to radio and nothing happens. Was working fine with galaxy S but this is a joke. Do I have to drive illegally holding the phone to my ear now.