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Drive safely with Vlingo InCarVlingo InCar for Android 2.2+ does your texting and dialing for you while you keep your eyes on the road. Just say, "Hey Vlingo!"
I've done it, you've probably done it too: you've been waiting for an important email or text message and it comes in while you're motoring down the highway. What do you do? Most of us would take a peek at our phones, a few of us might try to respond while driving with our knees. But on today's tap that app, I've got an app for you Android users that can help you handle your messaging, while staying safe. It's Vlingo Voice with InCar beta. InCar beta is a part of the larger Vlingo Voice command app for Android. Vlingo works on Android version 2.1 or better, but the InCar portion is optimized for version 2.2 devices. I know. It's confusing. A SafeReader function reads your text messages aloud so that you don't miss a message, but you don't wreck your car to do so. But it doesn't stop there. Starting the InCar interface brings up a set of large, easy to hit buttons that are optimized for an in-car environment. You've got Call, Text, and Navigate all of which initiate voice activated menus for their respective functions. But you're in your car, right? You don't want to take your hands off of the wheel or shifter and your eyes off of the road to initiate a call. So Vlingo InCar has a neat feature called Wake-up Command. The app can be set to always listen for a spoken command--in this case, "Hey Vlingo"--that cues it to spring into action and accept further commands. "Hey Vlingo," "Text JT," "Meet me at 3rd and Folsom." You can use Vlingo incar to send text messages, initiate calls, and start navigation all without ever touching your phone. You can even ask the app random questions: "hey vlingo" "what's the capitol of south dakota?" The app can be set to automatically launch when it senses your car's bluetooth handsfree system, so you don't even need to touch your phone to get started. Vlingo with InCar is a free download in the Android Market. Paid versions of the core Vlingo app are available for IPhone and Blackberry, but the InCar beta interface and Wake up command aren't yet available on those platforms.