I would make a snarky comment about how I saw this coming, but I didn’t – Vlingo for Android is now free to download. If you don’t know what Vlingo is, they provide nearly the same voice control functionality that Google introduced yesterday afternoon at their small mobile briefing. Even if their paid app proved to have a few perks more than Google’s own offering, they wouldn’t dare compete with the price of “Free” and Google’s own prestige through their name alone.
It’s unsure how Vlingo will move forward with the app – there’s no apparent change in monetization strategy (for the Android version, at least: their iPhone and Blackberry offerings remain priced) – but they’ve expressed plans to continue development (with the latest additions set to come very soon) and it’s still a nice win for Android users that don’t like Google’s own Voice Search, for some reason.
Oh, and it works for Android 2.1 higher which is the biggest draw for this package. While all Android users may not be on Eclair yet, it’s a hell of a lot more than are on Froyo, for the time being. If you haven’t had the luxury of being upgraded to Android 2.2 yet, then you’ll want to head to the market now to download Vlingo.