BlackBerry is joining the voice-activated personal assistant party with a new feature called BlackBerry Assistant. When the BlackBerry 10.3 operating system launches it’ll include the company’s voice assistant software which lets you search for information, send text messages and more without touching the keyboard.
In other words, BlackBerry Assistant is basically the BlackBerry version of Apple’s Siri.
Most other major smartphone operating systems already have some sort of virtual digital assistant/voice recognition software. Apple kicked things off with Siri, but Google Now and Google voice actions perform similar functions, and Microsoft recently launched Cortana for Windows Phone.
In a blog post, Blackberry explains some of the things its virtual assistant can do, such as letting you turn on the flashlight by saying “turn on the flashlight,” silence all notifications except for phone calls by saying “Phone calls only, please,” or sending a message via BBM.
BlackBerry Assistant isn’t just a voice-activated service though. You can also use it to type out requests from the home screen such as “remind me to follow up with Brad” to create a reminder note.