Blackberry Announces Cortana Competitor, BlackBerry Assistant

Blackberry Assistant

As all the major smartphone OS vendors Microsoft, Google and Apple have come up with their own version of digital assistants, Blackberry too has now joined the party by announcing Blackberry Assistant. As you can see in the image above, the logo looks similar to how Cortana is depicted in Windows Phone 8.1. As far as the functionality is concerned, it does all the actions which you expect from a modern day digital assistant.

I spend a lot of time behind the wheel and am often switching between multiple vehicles. Having an app that’s designed to be compatible with any Bluetooth device is key for vehicle safety. Just this week, I used it to remind me about a car appointment, a vet appointment and my anniversary. 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”.  

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If I’m driving and I ask it to read my latest email message to me, it does so. I can then ask it to “Mark Unread” without having to enter the BlackBerry Hub. If I’m in a meeting and I type “Remind me to follow up with Matt about our whiteboard session,” it builds me a reminder note that I can save without leaving the Assistant.

Read more at Blackberry blog.

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