BlackBerry 10 plays catch-up, now has Siri-like feature

Do you remember when BlackBerry was king? It was only a few years ago, but in the world of technology, that feels like forever ago. Research in Motion (RIM) is still trying to fight back and they hope their latest operating system, BlackBerry 10, will help them better compete with both iOS and Android.

Crackberry.com reports that RIM is playing catch-up by adding in Siri-like commands to the latest Dev Alpha version of the OS. Users will be able to add appointments, check the weather, review appointments, and more, by just talking to their device. What’s interesting, however, is that Blackberry already had similar functionality in all of their smartphones. Indeed, users have always been able to use their voice to call contacts, for example. Unfortunately they never saw the mass appeal for this feature and therefore didn’t put in very many resources to keep themselves at the top of the heap, allowing Apple’s Siri and Samsung’s S-Voice to take over.

Does RIM have a chance of competing with the likes of Google, Apple, and Microsoft or does the ship have irreparable holes that will force the company to sink into the depths of the sea, making the company a footnote in the history of technology?

Source: Crackberry.com

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Its a great feature, it just puts them at par with the rest but whats going to put them ahead of the pack, alot more work needs to be put into it, buts it only an Alpha software release. Wait and see

sexypepperoni said,
Another one copying Apple.

Actually, like the article says, BB has always had voice commands... Apple just took the idea and added to it.

Its not all lost, why do people try to destroy a company? BB needs to concentrate on good hardware, good camera and maybe look to sell some Android sets too along with their own OS.

Orange Battery said,
Its not all lost, why do people try to destroy a company? BB needs to concentrate on good hardware, good camera and maybe look to sell some Android sets too along with their own OS.

I don't understand it myself. In the same breath they say "competition is good!" they rip apart a company they don't like (or the underdog it's "cool" to gang up on) while ignoring massive flaws from the ones they do. Go figure.

Yeah, sorry RIM but with the delay and all this isn't going to help you. Once you start to lose your grip on the enterprise, and I expect it to happen specially with WP8 also making a strong business push, then all is lost.

RIM why do you bother with this stuff?! It's practically useless. On top of that if you don't implement it absolutely *perfectly* you'll be torn apart for it!

still1 said,
Its more like voice command... but whats up with that "Please say a command after the beep"
Annoying!
Business style? I'm not too sure...