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BlackBerry 10 to offer a Siri-esque virtual voice activated personal assistant?

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BlackBerry 10 to offer a Siri-esque virtual voice activated personal assistant?
Just the other day, RIM announced an update for the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha phone. After the dust settled on the update, it was discovered that RIM had added a voice activated personal assistant similar to Siri. Right now, the personal assistant on the device is far from being a final build. Watching the video below, you can see that the system is still in beta and is not working too well at the moment.

Universal Search on the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha phone

Universal Search on the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha phone

If you notice, there is a similarity between the voice on the BB10 personal assistant and Siri. That could indicate that the BlackBerry system is being built by Nuance, the same company behind Apple's voice activated personal assistant. The video also shows universal search functionality for the new BlackBerry 10 OS. As long as it doesn't depend on the '604 so-called Siri patent at the heart of the preliminary injunction on the Samsung GALAXY Nexus (since stayed), this will probably make the final build of BlackBerry 10.

For those wondering if RIM is going to be able to compete with iOS and Android, it sure looks like the Canadian manufacturer is trying everything to at least match the features of its competition. That would be a big step forward for BlackBerry.

source: N4BB via MobileSyrup

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