Nuance announced yesterday that they have launched their new version of Dragon Mobile Assistant for Android. For users with difficulty using their hands to interact with touch screens – whether that is because their hands are busy doing something else like driving or carrying groceries or because they have a mobility impairment, this new app will allow users to ask questions as they would of SIRI on iOS (they can even launch the assistant without having to press a button), and they can also use speech to text and text to speech commands to perform some common functions.
Users with mobility impairments have long used Dragon Naturally Speaking on the desktop to control the computer through speech but there was not a good equivalent for mobile. Sure, there is SIRI on iPhones and iPads and a few personal assistants apps but they are limited to speech commands and do not allow you to control the device and perform functions within an application. Dragon Mobile Assistant is a step in the right direction that allows you to control some applications, such as dialing, texting, launching your music, sending and responding to emails, checking the weather, and more. Dragon Mobile Assistant is compatible with all devices running Android OS 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) and higher.