With Usage Doubling Quarterly, Vlingo Releases Most Popular Actions for its Virtual Assistant in 2010

Dec 30, 2010, 08:30 ET from Vlingo

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Dec. 30, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Vlingo Corporation, the maker of a Virtual Assistant that turns your words into actions, today announced the most popular actions of 2010. Based on data accumulated through hundreds of millions of Vlingo Virtual Assistant actions over the past year, the data provides a positive view into the growing use of Vlingo to access information on mobile phones.

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"With Apple, it's about apps, with Google, it's about search but with Vlingo it is about connecting our users quickly, easily and safely to the people, businesses and information that are important to them," said Hadley Harris, VP of Marketing at Vlingo.  "While text messaging continues to be our most popular function, in the last year we have seen a dramatic shift from people using Vlingo to search for specific destinations sites to using Vlingo for specific actions such as buying movie tickets, finding available hotels or locating the nearest pizza place.  This change is due to the functionality that Vlingo has added including the new "ActionBar" and integrating with 3rd party partners such as Foursquare, KAYAK, OpenTable and Fandango."

2010 Most Popular Local Businesses Called, Mapped or Navigated

  1. Pizza (Top Brand: Pizza Hut)
  2. Coffee (Top Brand: Starbucks)
  3. General Merchandise (Top Brand: Walmart)
  4. Burgers (Top Brand: McDonald's)
  5. Home Goods (Top Brand: Home Depot)
  6. Electronics (Top Brand: Best Buy)
  7. Gas Station (Top Brand: Shell)
  8. Banks (Top Brand: Bank of America)
  9. Drug Stores (Top Brand: Walgreens)
  10. Auto Repair (Top Brand: AutoZone)

2010 Top Searched Movies and Tickets Booked

  1. Tron
  2. Harry Potter
  3. True Grit
  4. Black Swan
  5. Tangled

2010 Most Searched US Hotel Destinations

  1. New York, NY
  2. Miami, FL
  3. Chicago, IL
  4. Denver, CO
  5. San Francisco, CA

Today, millions of people worldwide use Vlingo on their mobile devices to turn their words into actions.  In fact, Vlingo users interact with Vlingo on average 45 times/month and usage is only increasing with the growing awareness and functionality of Vlingo's Virtual Assistant capability.  Users can either speak or type commands to access all that the Vlingo Virtual Assistant offers:

  • "Tell Joe that I am running 15 minutes late"
  • "Hotels in Seattle for tomorrow night"
  • "Where is Harry Potter playing tonight?"
  • "Call Jack" (contact in address book)
  • "Update Facebook: I'm going skiing in Aspen!!"
  • "Find the best sushi restaurant nearby"
  • "Where can I get a burrito?"

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Vlingo's most popular actions were based on a representative sampling of hundreds of millions of Virtual Assistant actions conducted using Vlingo in 2010. Vlingo never stores or keeps personally identifiable information on any user and never shares any user information outside of Vlingo for any reason.

About Vlingo

Vlingo is a Virtual Assistant that turns your words into action by combining speech recognition, natural language processing, and Vlingo's Intent Engine to understand the user's intent and take the appropriate action. Simply speak to your phone to connect with the people, businesses and activities that are important to you.  Vlingo is the safest and easiest way to get things done while on the go. Send text and email messages, search the web, use Google maps, update Twitter and more. Founded in 2006, Vlingo is backed by Charles River Ventures, Sigma Partners, Yahoo! and AT&T and headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts. For more information, go to www.vlingo.com.