Nuance Communications has updated its Dragon Mobile Assistant app for Android with new proactive assistant features, including an intelligent hands-free Driver Mode, voice notifications, and the ability to customize Dragon’s wake-up word.
Dragon knows when users are in a moving vehicle and can automatically switch over to hands-free, eyes-free Driver Mode. Driver Mode leverages Dragon's voice recognition and expressive text-to-speech to give people full command and control over Dragon without having to take their hands off the wheel to touch the device or take their eyes off the road to look at the screen.
Dragon has new features that also make it an even more personal experience, including Voice Notifications that can read aloud Facebook status updates, messages, incoming calls, and upcoming appointments. And now users can choose how to wake up Dragon with customizable wake-up words. Dragon now also supports voice-enabled email.
"Dragon aspires to be an incredibly reliable and intuitive mobile personal assistant, not only responding to commands and providing relevant content, but also anticipating people's needs in the moment—just like a true personal assistant," said Michael Thompson, executive vice president and general manager of Nuance Mobile, in a statement. "Dragon's truly conversational nature and expansive directed search capabilities give people an assistant with purpose, content, and information from the content providers they trust the most—leveraging a broad ecosystem without boundaries."
Dragon is available for free in English on Google Play in the United States, supporting Android 2.3 and above.
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