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Vlingo is an intelligent software assistant and knowledge navigator functioning as a personal assistant application for Symbian, Android, iPhone, BlackBerry, and other smartphones. The application uses a natural language user interface to answer questions, make recommendations, and perform actions by delegating requests to various applications.[1] Vlingo was co-founded by Mike Phillips, an active innovator in speech technology and later co-founder and CEO of Sense Labs, Inc.[2]

After years of patent infringement lawsuits between the two companies, Vlingo was acquired by Nuance in December 2011 for undisclosed terms.[3]

Vlingo ships by default on Samsung Galaxy S2 devices[4] and is used in the new S Voice personal assistant available on the Samsung Galaxy S3 and newer Samsung Galaxy devices.

Privacy violations[edit]

In January 2012 AndroidPit discovered that Vlingo sends packets of information containing the users GPS co-ordinates, IMEI (unique device identifier), contact list and the title of every song stored on the device back to Nuance without proper warning in the privacy policy. Users of Vlingo have also found the program sending data to servers at the dhs.gov domain name.[5][6][7][8]


  1. ^ Banks, Courtney. "A Safer Way to Text on the Road". The Wall Street Journal. The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Kirsner, Scott. "Cambridge's Sense Labs starts production of new device to track what's happening at home". Beta Boston. The Boston Globe. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  3. ^ Murphy, Samantha. "Nuance Acquires Voice-Recognition Competitor Vlingo". Mashable. Mashable, Inc. Retrieved 20 December 2011. 
  4. ^ http://blog.vlingo.com/vlingo-samsung-galaxys2/
  5. ^ Tilton, Aaron. "Vlingo Privacy Breach: Data Sent to Remote Servers Without Consent". AndroidPit. AndroidPit. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Bloom, Steven. "Are You Using Vlingo? Your Privacy May Be at Risk". AndroidPit. AndroidPit. Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
  7. ^ Copper, Daniel. "Vlingo co-founder explains data-collection issues". Engadget. Engadget. Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
  8. ^ Davies, Allan. "Joerg Nientiedt - Google +". Joerg Nientiedt. Joerg Nientiedt. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 

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