BlackBerry has been working on its own voice enabled assistant, named ‘BlackBerry Assistant’, to compete with Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana. The company revealed this in a blog post on Wednesday describing how BlackBerry Assistant can keep a BlackBerry user organized and productive.
“It is voice activated when I need it to be, and helps manage simple tasks on my device from searching my email and calendar, finding out what’s trending on twitter, to sending trivia night invitations”, writes Donny Halliwell in the official blog of BlackBerry. The one uses it, the more adaptive the BlackBerry Assistant becomes, says the blog post. While the company did not mention the BlackBerry Assistant’s complete functions, it can be inferred from the blog post that the BlackBerry Assistant is capable of controlling app and caller notifications, give voice navigation and device settings.
The BlackBerry Assistant will be available with the latest BlackBerry Passport smartphone that runs on BlackBerry 10.3 OS. It is still not clear whether this BlackBerry assistant will become available to other devices or not. Above given is a picture of BlackBerry Passport showing BlackBerry Assistant.
On a side note, don’t you think the BlackBerry Assistant looks similar to Cortana?
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