BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha update adds... Siri

The latest update to the BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha device has added... Siri! Okay, not exactly Siri, but it is a virtual personal assistant in the style of Siri, and while it currently switches between voices s seemingly at random, one of the voices is exactly the same as the female voice Siri uses. Chris Parsons took it through its paces over at CrackBerry.com and you watch the video above, or head on over there, and see what he thought.

Given that Apple is expanding Siri in iOS 6 with wide availability and more features, and that Android is getting in the game with Google Now (and manufacturer-specific packages like Samsung's S Voice), this obviously comes as no surprise.

Both Siri and S Voice have faced challenges with reliability. It'll be interesting to see how RIM's version does when it's released, likely alongside BlackBerry 10 in Q1, 2013.

Source: CrackBerry.com

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BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha update adds... Siri

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And it's a big deal that it has the same voice that Siri has beaches why? Big deal. All gps units have the same voice.

Yeah but Apple would put the final nail in the coffin of Blackberry with that move. 2 different platforms using there own version of voice assistance but the new comer decides to use the same voice as the patented Siri voice assistant software just spells disaster all over it.

Actually, its not Apple's patented software. SIRI uses nuance (http://www.nuance.com/index.htm) to power its voice app. Nuance is an independent company and Apple has no exclusivity rights for the software. RIM can legally use the same technology to power its voice app, and add more features of their own like Apple is doing. I'm interested to see how it will pan out for RIM, I guess they are trying to make sure their BB10's when they release they have all they cool things Apple and Android has, while they bring more.

I can't wait to see the first ads for this feature from BlackBerry: I believe their new tagline will be, " BlackBerry: Just like the iPhone!"

lol, hilarious comment, I think they should use a British butler's voice, or Morgan Freeman's voice. That will be hilarious, I know that they are giving different voice options for their users to choose, I hope Apple follows that trend too.

Given all this patent fighting going on in the courts Bkackberry might do well to opt for a male voice or some other female voice. Not sure if that would help anyhow. As for voices sounding alike my Tomtom gps sounds just like Siri so must be the way the voice assistant is package or something that would draw Apple's ire.