|Posted by RadioJinglesVIP on December 5, 2011 at 3:20 AM|
Following the launch of the i0S Siri a few monthsearlier, a startup company based in Argentina has launched a speech-based programbuilt for Android phones this time, but focusing on Twitter.
It’s called The Social Radio App.
Note that this is different from the Myxer Social Radio (mixer.fm)
Myxer is a mobile-desktop radio platform that works like Pandora or spotify,only social-network based. You need a Facebook account and a US location to beable to sign up.
The Social Radio app is different. It turns your Tweetsinto spoken audio and streams them all like radio.
Led by CEO Roberto Gluck, the team, composed of iPhone, Android programmers anda sound engineer, launched a beta version earlier this month through their sitewww.thesocialradio.com.
Available from the Android Market, once installed, itwill read all your tweets in your timeline or choose to sort by topics or list.
It provides a number of benefits for Twitter users; itreads your updates while you’re driving or doing something else on the computer(since it also has a web version), a multi-tasking buddy it is.
It can even stream music from your own device’s library or through Google musicin between tweets.
It can speak different languages like English, French, Spanishand Portuguese. The app is still on a beta version so you can expect things tobe improved.
Among its limitations are:
Limited Language and Vocabulary/Dictionary– not all languages are available and it still has a hard time reading webslangs or terms. In fact, it reads GMAIL as g-m-a-i-l.
Abbreviated Words– it also has trouble reading abbreviated words like “srsly” which means “seriously”.
No Talk Backfeature – unlike Siri, Social Radio doesn’t let you talk back, so when itencounters tweets with links, you can’t check them out.
Intelligent streaming – if youchoose to stream your updates based on the timeline, you may get a streaming ofrandom content which is why streaming by topics or list is preferable.
Not Yet On iPhone – at least fornow, as mentioned earlier, their team is composed of an iOS developer, so wecan expect an iPhone version in the near future.
There is still a lot of room for improvements for thisapplication, but the ideas are promising. One day the team can even incorporatethis on Facebook, which is great because updates on Facebook are moreconversational and abbreviation-less.
The Social Radio App can be downloaded here https://market.android.com/details?id=com.thesocialradio