Featured Android App Review: SayIt Voice Launcher [Productivity & Tools]

by Robert Nazarian on
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If you’re looking for something new and cool to launch apps, I have one for you. It’s called SayIt Voice Launcher, and it was developed by Rn Software. From the name of the app, you can probably tell that this involves your voice. SayIt Voice Launcher allows you to launch any app by just saying the app name, and it works flawlessly. Not only that, you don’t even have to say the exact name of the app. For example, you can say “file” for Astro File Manager. Of course you can say the full name if you want to.

There are four ways you can launch the app: the icon on your home screen, one of the widgets, the notification panel, or via a lockscreen widget that’s only compatible with Android 4.2. One of the widgets resembles the Google Now widget. You can open the voice launcher or their own custom scrollable app drawer. It organizes the apps by how often you use them so if you don’t want to use voice because you’re in a public place, you can quickly find those apps that you regularly use. The second widget is vertical. The top of it gives you access to the voice launcher and it also displays your six most used apps. Need to open a different app? No problem because it’s scrollable so you can quickly find what you’re looking for in the event that you don’t want to use your voice for whatever reason. Of the two widgets, this one is my favorite.

The most convenient method to access the voice launcher has to be from the notification panel, which is accessible from any of your home screens. You will have to turn that option on because it’s not on by default. Just say “SayIt” in the Voice Launcher or open the app via the custom app drawer in the widget. The settings for the app will open and you can check or uncheck to make SayIt accessible (or not accessible) in your notifications panel.

SayIt is a very simple app that just works, and those are two things that I love in apps. The only issue that could happen is if you have two apps with similar words in their names. For example, I have 3D Mini Golf and 3D Space Golf, and when saying the word “golf”, it opened 3D Mini Golf and didn’t give me a choice. In talking with the developers, they will probably add a pop up to allow you to choose which one to open. It’s a minor issue since I can just say “3D Space” or “3D Mini” to open the appropriate app.

Voice assistant apps can be annoying especially when they don’t deliver as promised, but you don’t have to worry about that with this app. The only time SayIt Voice Launcher ever misses is when I speak too soon. It works right out of the gate, and I don’t think anyone is going to complain about that. It costs only 99-cents so give it a try. Check out my hands on video below and hit one of the download links to get started. Let us know what you think.

Features:

  • Quickly voice launch applications.
  • Use SayIt on your lock screen if you have a newer device from Samsung, LG or HTC that supports lock screen shortcuts.
  • Can also be added to popular 3rd party lock screens from the Play Store.
  • Self organizing widgets only available for Android 3.0 and above (Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Jelly Bean) .
  • Supports addition to the Android 4.2 lock screen.

 

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  • http://twitter.com/rxpaul Rahul Paul

    Good tip Rob. Its a great little app!