Dolphin Browser, the most popular third-party browser on Android and only Gesture-based browser on iOS, today announced the release of Dolphin Sonar for iPhone, the first and only voice-enabled browser on iOS. Dolphin Sonar is a voice-control feature powered by Nuance Communications that allows users to search the Web and navigate the browser using speech. It is now available in the App Store as an in-app purchase for $.99.
"Just as we were the first mobile browser to introduce Gesture-based browsing to iOS, we are the first to bring voice capabilities to the mobile browsing experience," said Yongzhi Yang, CEO of MoboTap, makers of Dolphin Browser. "With Nuance's unrivaled voice recognition technology and our dedication to providing the best user experience, Dolphin Sonar will once again redefine the way people interact with their phones."
With Dolphin Sonar for iPhone, users can easily speak to search the Web and navigate the browser without typing a word. Users activate Dolphin Sonar by either long-pressing the Gesture hand icon at the bottom of the screen or simply shaking the phone. For example, when a user says "Facebook Justin Bieber," Dolphin will search directly within Facebook and display the pop star's Facebook page. Saying "eBay 2012 Nike Jordans" will open eBay and list out the latest available styles. Navigating the Web using Dolphin Sonar is just as easy -- simple commands such as opening a new tab or moving to the bottom or top of the page are just a few words away.
"Dolphin Sonar features Nuance's voice recognition technology, giving people an easy way to browse the Web with Dolphin just by speaking," said Matt Revis, vice president, handset business, Nuance Mobile. "By taking advantage of the Dragon Mobile SDK via the NDEV Mobile Developer program, Dolphin is able to provide its consumers with an intuitive mobile web experience, anytime, anywhere."