Roger, an app created by former Spotify engineers and funded by former Facebook executives, started its life as a walkie-talkie app. In a major update released today, Roger has become so much more than that. The new update brings Alexa integration as well as connections to Slack, Dropbox, IFTTT, and even your voicemail, allowing you to interact with these services using your voice.
We told you about Lexi recently, an iOS app that offers Alexa integration. Don’t get me wrong, Lexi is a fantastic start, and offers Alexa functions for iOS users at a reasonable price. Roger has taken that up a few notches with its voice platform. With the new update, Android and iOS users will be able to access Alexa voice services without an Amazon Echo device. You’ll be able to control your smart home devices, ask questions, order items, check your calendar, and use other Alexa “skills” using the Roger app. Even better, Roger is a free download on iTunes and Google Play.
If Alexa support weren’t enough, Roger has also added integration with Slack, Dropbox, and IFTTT. The addition of IFTTT alone allows for a nearly limitless influx of possibilities for added voice commands and functionality. Adding Slack and Dropbox to the mix only increase the available options for interacting with services via your voice. The team behind Roger also have plans to open up a public API, allowing other developers to integrate their own apps with Roger.
You can watch the video below to see Roger in action, download the app from the source buttons below that, and read more about the latest update in the full press release.Download from Google Play Download from iTunes
FULL PRESS RELEASE
Roger Launches Voice Platform With Amazon Alexa, Dropbox, Slack, and Voicemail Integrations
NEW YORK, May 10th, 2016 — Roger (https://rogertalk.com), the beautiful voice app by former Spotify engineers and funded by former Facebook executives, is launching as a voice platform with its suite of third party integrations. Apart from talking with friends, Roger now lets users interact with other services using voice, including Amazon Alexa, Dropbox, and Slack. Roger even has a feature that redirects missed phone calls to Roger, turning them into actual conversations inside the app— finally killing the old Voicemail you forgot you had.
Launched as a simple walkie-talkie app, Roger is now evolving into a full-fledged platform, enabling voice-based communication between people, devices and web services.
Its first-of-its-kind integration with the Alexa Voice Service makes the popular voice assistant available to mobile users for free, even if they do not own an Amazon Echo or other Alexa-enabled devices. Users can check their calendar, control smart home devices, make shopping orders, and use a variety of other Alexa “Skills” by simply talking, anywhere, anytime. Roger even works with Bluetooth in the car.
“Roger has always been about making communication and technology feel more human; about spending more time conversing and less time looking at screens.” says Ricardo Vice Santos, Co-Founder and CEO of the New York-based startup. “With the Echo and Alexa, Amazon is building a powerful conversational interface that feels human, and that’s where we have much in common.”
The startup already has further plans for its voice platform and released a public API empowering developers to build their own integrations. For now, Dropbox, Slack, and IFTTT integrations allow users to leave voice memos, discuss project details, or connect with many other services using the flexibility and ease of voice communication.
“Rapid advancements in connectivity, speech analysis, and the proliferation of API-based services has created the perfect storm for voice as the next major computing platform,” Vice Santos says, “and we believe we’re only getting started.”
Founded by former Spotify engineers Ricardo Vice Santos and Andreas Blixt, Roger is the first-of-its-kind voice platform, making communication and the technology we use feel closer to real human interaction through voice.