Voice Assistant Coming in BlackBerry OS 10.3
BlackBerry today revealed that the upcoming BlackBerry OS 10.3 will include a voice-activated virtual assistant, much like Siri and Google Now. BlackBerry assistant, as the app is called, will be able to interact with email, calendar, messaging, timers, and the web. In addition to voice, it also accepts input via the keyboard. Tasks it enables by voice include sending meeting invitations, searching email, setting reminders, searching the web, launching apps, changing ringer profiles, and sending messages. The Assistant learns, improving over time.
Google Now is kind of fun, but it does quickly get somewhat creepy just how much it knows about you.
I am not convinced that the voice operated 'personal assistant' will ever be anything but a novelty. Blackberry does not need to jump on the bandwagon, but should continue to innovate with their own ideas. Indeed, the fact that both Android and iOS now offer something similar to 'Blackberry Balance' indicates that Blackberry can still come up with original, useful ideas that other companies can imitate. Blackberry will nev...