Earlier today, popular voice recognition software corporation Nuance launched Dragon Go! by Nuance on the Android Market, bringing voice recognition that "just works" to the Android platform. Dragon Go! answers the users' queries by pulling data from a variety of sources, including Spotify, Wolfram|Alpha, Yelp, YouTube, AccuWeather, Ask.com, Dictionary.com, ESPN, Facebook, Fandango, Last.fm, LiveNation, Milo.com, OpenTable, Pandora, Rotten Tomatoes, Twitter, Wikipedia, Yahoo!, Bing, and hundreds of others. Additionally, Dragon Go's "Dragon Carousel" software provides users with complementary results to compare information across the most relevant sites for their query.
Some of you may be scratching your heads and wondering how Dragon Go! differentiates itself from popular competitors such as Vlingo. Well, for starters Vlingo was recently acquired by Nuance, so there is a good chance that the Vlingo Virtual Assistant app may be pulled from the Market and rolled into Dragon Go! Secondly, Nuance has been a leader in voice recognition for some time and it has been argued that most of the recent improvements in speech recognition accuracy is due to more and better data, rather than algorithmic improvements. Hence, Nuance's lead has allowed it to accumulate vast stores of speech data that should ensure that its answers are much more accurate than the competition.
Finally, unlike its competitors, Dragon Go! seems to work more naturally by accepting a wide variety of queries and also by launching specific apps and websites when appropriate. For example, the question "What are the planes flying overhead?" would be answered by pulling flight information data from Wolfram|Alpha. Similarly, the question "Show times for Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" will pull information directly from Fandango.com featuring showtimes for local theatres. Film information is further enhanced by comparison data from IMDB, Twitter, and Rotten Tomatoes, displayed by the Dragon Carousel software.
Reviews of the app all seem quite favourable with users commenting that it actually understands what they want rather than merely being a search engine powered by speech.
Unlike other Nuance voice recognition software, Dragon Go! is completely free and works on Android 2.1 through 2.3.7 using the native Android Media Player. According to the app description, support for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is "on its way". Unfortunately, the app is country limited and does not appear to work in Singapore. It seems that because the queries are often specific to a particular locale, international support may not be available yet.