No matter what your opinion of Siri is, you have to admit that it has really sparked an interest in digital assistants. Voice commands and recognition obviously existed long before the feature, but not like this.

And you don’t have to look any further than the competition for proof. Shortly after Apple unveiled its Assistant last fall, other manufacturers started beefing up their voice technology. Samsung, for example, now has its S-Voice, LG has Quick Voice, and there are several others bubbling up…

RIM is the latest phone-maker to try its hand in smartphone secretaries. CrackBerry is reporting that the company has added a Siri-like function to the latest BlackBerry 10 Dev Alpha update. Here it is in action:

Keep in mind that this is just a developer alpha (which comes before beta), so there’s a chance that this feature could change dramatically before the final BlackBerry 10 release, if it even makes it that far.

Of course, our money is on RIM keeping it around, as it seems like digital voice assistants are more of a necessity for smartphone-makers these days, rather than a luxury. Something that, once again, can be attributed to Siri.

But Apple didn’t just inspire a string of copycats, it actually pushed the technology forward. Many would argue that that new Google Now feature in Android 4.1 is actually better than Siri in several ways. And I’d have to agree.

It’ll be interesting to see where voice recognition tech is two years from now.

At any rate, what do you think of RIM’s digital assistant?

  • It’s voice (except from the intro) sounds like Siri…

    • JaeM1llz

      As do most female robotic voices(before and after Siri was introduced).

  • SimonReidy

    I realise its Alpha, but RIM could have at least tweaked the voice pitch to not sound exactly the same as Siri (apart from the fact a male voice wierld initially greets you with the annoying and redundant “please say your command after the beep”).

  • Anyone else smell litagation?

  • Apple: They stole our daughters voice box :(!!!!;)

  • First of all their testing Siri with old hardware while using googles new hardware. To make it fair you would have to wait until the iPhone 5 (6th generation) to be released

  • Their to late and might as well sell the company or merge before its to late for that

  • No thanks; I’ll stick with Siri.

  • Why do people comb the articles for typos? Da fuck?

    • Ronald Weaver

      I was wondering the same thing.

  • The_Rise_Of_The_Shrimp

    This guy sounds like Seth Rogen !

  • Irfan Tarique

    sounds exactly like siri

  • Ronald Weaver

    I never bash stuff I don’t like on here but that was sad!!! Dude was like a real die hard black berry guy. his phone set up was Wack as hell! It looked as boring as the video. No wonder RIM is soon gonna be RIP.

  • zack htut

    Why do biggest firms cheat each other ? This is US with copy rights law.. They still cheating and cheating….design ,applications, UI all of these..it’s sucks… Be a creative guys…build a creative world…. Consumers pay for it ….

  • As long its not in my native language i dont care about it