Nuance Debuts Dragon Mobile Assistant for Android
Nuance Communications today announced the availability of Dragon Mobile Assistant for Android devices. The beta application is a voice-powered assistant that lets Android device owners dictate/send text messages, make calls, set calendar appointments, and other tasks by talking to their phone. The beta app is based on Nuance's Dragon Go! natural voice and artificial intelligence technology. It can be woken up by saying, "Hi, Dragon" and can also read in-bound text messages and emails when in Drive Mode. Dragon Mobile Assistant is free to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich devices in the U.S. and can be downloaded from the Google Play Store.
Voice Assistant Coming in BlackBerry OS 10.3
BlackBerry today revealed that the upcoming BlackBerry OS 10.3 will include a voice-activated virtual assistant, much like Siri and Google Now. BlackBerry assistant, as the app is called, will be able to interact with email, calendar, messaging, timers, and the web.
Microsoft Releases Cortana for Android in Beta Form
Microsoft today made its Cortana voice-activated personal assistant available to Android users via the Google Play Store beta channel. The app had previously only been available through a closed beta, but is now accessible through an open beta program.
Google Assistant to Land On More Phones
Google today said a wider selection of Android phones will soon have access to the Google Assistant. The Assistant is already available to the Pixel, Google Home, Android Wear 2.0, and within the Allo messaging app.
Google's Voice Assistant Now Works with Some Chat Apps
Google today extended the voice capabilities of its Google Search app by allowing it to interact with third-party messaging apps. People can now issue commands such as "Ok Google, send a WhatsApp message" to initiate and dictate messages in a handful of popular messaging apps.
AT&T Customers Will Be Able to Send Text Messages via Amazon Echo
The AT&T Send Message Skill, set to be made available on November 19, will let AT&T customers send text messages by asking their Amazon Echo to do it for them. The skill we be added to the Amazon Alexa application (for Android and iOS).