What voice assistant do you use? Chances are, if you didn’t say “none!” then you landed on Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant. These days those big three rule the digital assistant world and often are the main interface for smart homes. But it almost didn’t happen that way.
Back in 2007, before Siri or Alexa even existed, another voice assistant app burst onto the scene called Vlingo. Vlingo was more advanced than any other attempt at voice commands at the time, and in many ways, it paved the way for digital assistants of the modern era. It almost became the defacto digital assistant and the hub of smart homes. What happened? Check out the top story to find out.
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Let’s take a step back to an ancient time before Google Assistant, Siri, or Alexa. A time when smart homes were an idea almost unheard of, and voice commands were (even more) awful. Back in 2007, the world saw the launch of Vlingo, and it almost became the voice assistant everyone would use today. Read More »
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