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Nuance Dragon Mobile Assistant Expands Personal Assistant Capabilities for Android

New feature lets users open apps by voice.
Posted Dec 20, 2012
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Nuance has announced that it has expanded the personal assistant capabilities of its Dragon Mobile Assistant for Android and has extended its beta offering to the broader Android community.

Now supporting devices running Android 2.3 and higher, Dragon enables nearly all Android users in the U.S. to get more out of their Android personal assistant experience with the ability to play music, set an alarm, and open other applications just by speaking.

Dragon combines Nuance's natural language understanding and directed search capabilities with an intuitive personal assistant experience. Simply say, "Hi Dragon," and from there the technology of the mobile interface disappears as people can simply speak to send text messages, make calls, set appointments, and now set the alarm, play particular songs, or get instant access to apps including games, navigation, and more. When set to its always-listening Driver Mode, Dragon's personal assistant experience is also completely hands-free.

"Consumers asked for Dragon Mobile Assistant on a wide range of Android devices after our launch in late October," said Michael Thompson, executive vice president and general manager of Nuance Mobile, in a statement. "So, we expanded availability and added some of the most popular personal assistant features."


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