The Killer Feature of BlackBerry Assistant?


We’ve all been hearing great things about BlackBerry’s new Assistant coming in 10.3 OS.

Like its’ competitors Siri (Apple), Cortana (Microsoft), and Google Now (erm… Google), BlackBerry Assistant will provide the standard fare for asking what the weather is like etc.

Donny Halliwell at BlackBerry gave us  wonderful insight into the Assistant in his blog entry called “A Closer Look at BlackBerry 10.3: Introducing BlackBerry Assistant” which is rather exciting indeed.

With cool features such as being able to turn the flashlight on and off, reading email messages to you whilst driving, and changing your notifications for meetings etc. the Assistant is sure not to disappoint.

But that’s not what caught my eye…

What popped right out at me was this statement from Donny Halliwell… “The more I use it, the more it learns and adapts to me. The more I speak with it, the more tuned-in to my queries it gets.”

Now… just what does that remind you of?

If your answer is “It reminds me of the uncanny way the BlackBerry 10 virtual keyboard learns my vocabulary”, then BINGO!

I bought my Z10 on Canadian launch day (Feb 5th 2013), and to this day I am constantly amazed and impressed with how it learns and “knows” me. So… here it is folks. If the BlackBerry Assistant is anything like I think it’s going to be, then in the same way the VKB on the Z series phones is better than the competition, the Assistant will be a killer feature.

Can’t wait. Discuss in forums here.

Picture credit to BlackBerry Blogs


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