Tellme will allow people to press one button and instruct their mobile devices. It can be for sending a text message, making a call, or searching for information. Tellme Networks, a Microsoft subsidiary, has designed this feature for Windows phones expected this fall.
The new service can be used for different phone functions with a single button. Windows phone users can press the side button of their phone to send a text by saying “text” to open a text box, then speak the text message and say “send” to send it to anyone in their contact list.
They can also initiate a call simply by saying “call” and then the name of anyone in their contact list or search the Web with Microsoft Live Search by speaking their request, such as “weather in San Francisco, California,” “pizza in Kansas City,” “movies” or “Mother’s Day gift ideas.”
Tellme is not alone in this business. Last year, Vlingo Corporation, which offers a voice-enabled user interface Vlingo for wireless data services, had launched its voice enablement application on Apple App Store. Vlingo for iPhone will allow users to search the web, use Google Maps, dial phone numbers, and update their Facebook and Twitter accounts by speaking into the device.
Vlingo has also introduced a version of Vlingo for BlackBerry smartphones from Research In Motion (RIM).
“Because it’s so intuitive, we believe there is a real opportunity for voice to materialize as the leading user interface for the phone,” said Dariusz Packzuski, senior director of consumer services at Tellme. “By bringing voice access to calling, texting, and searching, together we reduce ‘menu surfing’ on phones and make the benefits of voice more tangible for everyday needs.”
Tellme will be available for free on Windows Mobile 6.5 phones in fall 2009 when the phones hit store shelves. Initially available in the Windows Marketplace for Mobile store, the service will also be available for free to mobile operators and carriers to embed “on-device” for a voice experience.