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BlackBerry steps into the virtual digital assistant space

Microsoft has Cortana, Google has Google Now, and Apple has Siri. The industry’s favorite whipping boy, BlackBerry, has been left out of the personal digital assistant game until now. The company today announced BlackBerry Assistant, which will be available with the upcoming BlackBerry 10.3 release.
 
Like its competitors, BlackBerry Assistant responds to voice commands and can perform simple, everyday tasks. According to BlackBerry’s Donny Halliwell, BlackBerry assistant adapts and learns from your inquiries; similar in concept to Microsoft’s Cortana (which is enabled in Windows Phone 8.1).

 
“Just this week, I used it to remind me about a car appointment, a vet appointment and my anniversary,” Halliwell explained. “Then, it helped me send an ever-so-romantic BBM note from the car on my way home (all hands-free, of course). It was also my go-to when I needed to find the lyrics to ‘Soft Kitty’.”
 
BlackBerry Assistant can also send emails, mark an email message as “unread” or even perform simple commands such as “Turn on the flashlight.” Speaking that last command to an iPhone will result in Siri saying, “Sorry, but I’m not able to do that.”
 
BlackBerry’s upcoming 4.5” square Passport smartphone will support BlackBerry Assistant right out of the box, and older BB 10 devices will support the functionality as well once they are updated to BB 10.3.

Source: BlackBerry



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Windows Phone
By Flunk on 7/16/2014 2:15:54 PM , Rating: 4
That screen shot looks like it was ripped right off a Windows Phone. Is that really what BB10's speech interface is going to look it?




RE: Windows Phone
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 7/16/2014 2:17:13 PM , Rating: 2
That was my first thought as well, but yeah, that's it.


RE: Windows Phone
By Belegost on 7/16/2014 2:57:39 PM , Rating: 2
No no no, don't you see that black gradient from the bottom? Totally different than tiles!


RE: Windows Phone
By Reclaimer77 on 7/16/2014 4:13:56 PM , Rating: 1
Well you joke but that's exactly why this isn't a copy of Windows Phone.

Metro is a flat design language, this isn't.

Also come on, calling this a blatant ripoff of Windows Phone is just trollish. Seriously Microsoft didn't invent the square icon!

I don't think anyone is going to confuse this for a Windows Phone, it's not that ugly.


RE: Windows Phone
By retrospooty on 7/16/2014 4:24:49 PM , Rating: 2
"I don't think anyone is going to confuse this for a Windows Phone, it's not that ugly. "

I have to agree... Just that slight bit of shading on the lower portions of those tiles/icons make it look worlds better.


RE: Windows Phone
By Mitch101 on 7/16/2014 6:12:28 PM , Rating: 3
RE: Windows Phone
By retrospooty on 7/16/2014 10:54:58 PM , Rating: 2
I cant for the life of me figure out what you are trying to say. It's Mitch, so I will assume you mean, "MS is better because it s MS and I say so".


RE: Windows Phone
By peterrushkin on 7/17/2014 12:08:26 AM , Rating: 2
He's saying the icon format is dated.

So possibly tiles is better?

Who knows.... ?(?????)?


RE: Windows Phone
By retrospooty on 7/17/2014 8:25:05 AM , Rating: 2
I dont know. I posted specifically that the addition of a little bit of shading makes the tiles on that BB screenshot above look much better (Than the tiles on Win/WP8) and he posts Win 3.1 icons back ???


RE: Windows Phone
By Mitch101 on 7/17/2014 10:25:57 AM , Rating: 3
Windows Phone is past the single colored tiles with multiple sizes and skinnable but don't let that hold you back from telling everyone how much better a shaded tile looks so you meet your quota of I hate Microsoft metro's original look.

Icons are the 90's. Android and iPhone looks to me like Windows 3.1 with better colors.


RE: Windows Phone
By retrospooty on 7/17/2014 10:46:29 AM , Rating: 2
"Windows Phone is past the single colored tiles with multiple sizes and skinnable but don't let that hold you back from telling everyone how much better a shaded tile looks so you meet your quota of I hate Microsoft metro's original look "

Ah yes. Thank you for explaining. Now I know what you mean... And I wont let it stop me.

"Icons are the 90's. Android and iPhone looks to me like Windows 3.1 with better colors."

Simply a matter of opinion. Anyhow I wasnt talking about icons, I was talking about the visual effect of shading. It looks better to me than flat. No need to jump to MS's defense, they arent in any danger here. /s


RE: Windows Phone
By Reclaimer77 on 7/18/2014 9:47:18 AM , Rating: 2
Passive/aggressive much?


RE: Windows Phone
By NellyFromMA on 7/17/2014 10:35:05 AM , Rating: 2
Idk, personally, everything vertically gradient reminds me of really cheesy websites and software from the 90's.

It also feels overused in the screenshot to me. If it's just one screen it's probably not a big deal but if that were the look of the live tiles on WP 8.1, I'd really be turned off by it personally.

To each their own.


RE: Windows Phone
By nikon133 on 7/16/2014 4:53:19 PM , Rating: 2
It is more ugly in my eyes. "Send a text message" goes a bit over icon itself. One line text looks OK and dark fade makes it more readable... but icons with 2 lines of text look a bit improvised.

General implementation does look Metro-ish; big square tiles with narrow space between. Square icons existed before, sure, but considering monochromatic colour scheme and ratio between tiles size and space between them, this design looks more like Metro than classic Android/iOS with square icons.

But you know what? I don't mind. I was always against idea that everything can be copyrighted, good ideas should be used around freely. I just see this as BB's nod in Metro's direction: "we like what you did, we'll go the same direction". That's perfectly fine in my book. I'm more interested in actual technology behind this new assistant. How well does it perform?


RE: Windows Phone
By NellyFromMA on 7/17/2014 10:36:23 AM , Rating: 2
It look like it was put together in Photoshop 2.0 and the editor just learned how to apply a gradient.

I bet the screen transition is a swirl / twist.


RE: Windows Phone
By Mitch101 on 7/16/2014 3:27:03 PM , Rating: 2
Cortana And Siri's Beef Blows Up
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iznLyIYzts


RE: Windows Phone
By NellyFromMA on 7/17/2014 10:31:42 AM , Rating: 2
Presumably BB though that if MS will make an Android phone that rips off MS design that MS wouldn't mind if BB borrowed it. It's definitely a copy.

On the other hand, the design is simple enough that maybe that's just the way touch interfaces are trending. I've seen things from Google and Apple mimicking "metro / modern", likely because it just makes sense for mobile.

They all probably have to be static content though for fear of completely treading on MS turf if I had to guess.

They say imitation is the highest form of flattery, though.


To The Conspiracy Theorists
By fabfreddie on 7/17/2014 11:38:24 AM , Rating: 2
Blackberry 10 and Windows 8 arrived 3 months apart. Blackberry copied nothing, Yes they have some similarities but so what, life is like that. Blackberry bought the Interface magicians TAT (The Astonishing Tribe) in 2010, in 2012 TAT's leader moved to work on microsoft's new OS, undoubtedly influencing it's looks and use.

So if anything, Microsoft "copied" what Blackberry was already working on and owned.




RE: To The Conspiracy Theorists
By retrospooty on 7/17/2014 2:29:21 PM , Rating: 2
Does anyone care? Most people dislike the look and feel of Win8, and no-one at all is buying Blackberries.


bb message to bb
By sprockkets on 7/16/14, Rating: -1
RE: bb message to bb
By peterrushkin on 7/16/14, Rating: 0
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