Current OS 7.1 Blackberry device users can use the voice assisted search command features below, although it will not be as glamorous as the newly developed SIRI feature on this Blackberry OS 10 Dev Alpha, the voice look up technology is there for you to take advantage of while we wait for Q1 2013.

We are just a little bemused as to why this voice command feature was hidden away within the OS and hardly marketed much as it does seem like a decent addition to the Blackberry Operating System device.
Blackberry Bold 9900 device
The Blackberry Bold 9900
We had a little play around and apart from the search function which seems to work fine and also the signal and battery check, opening a browser from a voice command and navigating to a web page didnt seem to pick up, why not try it out and let us know if you are getting along any better?

Voice commands RIM Terms of Use

Once you have accepted the above terms and conditions of use of the voice technology on the Blackberry device, you can conduct a voice search from the Blackberry homescreen menu.

Pressing on the microphone button next to the search bar or you can find the Voice Dialling icon and conduct voice dialling commands and perform a few other interesting and fun voice commands for your Blackberry device as demonstrated on our youtube videos below.

Voice Search function demonstrated on the Blackberry Bold 9900

Voice Commands facility demonstrated on the Blackberry Curve 9360

During the our first video walkthrough demo of the voice search, a list of search results from Bing will also give the user a list of possible voice search items that the device thinks the user is trying to look for within the Blackberry or on the web, choosing any one of them will open the browser and a search term performed on it. We believe that this is an optimum way in which providing the user with a fast and convienient way of doing a search without typing.

In our second video, we go through


* The setup wizard for the adaptation of your voice for your Blackberry device to 'learn' your accent so it can effectively pick up your commands.
* We check our phone number on the Blackberry device by using the voice functions
* We attempt to make a call from the Blackberry Curve using the voice function and a dummy number
* We check the battery and signal strength using the voice command facility on the Blackberry


Although this technology is really basic when compared to the SIRI like feature on the Blackberry OS 10 Dev Alpha, we found that the voice detection system accurately picking up on our search term 95% of the time.

So while we wait for RIM to finish the developement of the latest OS10, we think it might be a good idea to get up to scratch with this technology so that we are ready for the Blackberry SIRI in a few months time!
Why not check it out yourself, its free and it should be included in your Blackberry OS 7 device already!


Current Blackberry OS 7 voice commands and their description

"Call <contact name or phone number>"

Say this voice command to make a call. To perform this task with a Bluetooth® enabled device, such as a handsfree car kit or wireless headset, the paired Bluetooth enabled device must support this feature and you must turn on Bluetooth technology. You can't make calls to emergency numbers using voice commands.

"Call <contact name> <phone number type>"

Say this voice command to call a specific phone number for a contact that is in your contact list. For example, if the contact has a work number and a mobile number, you can say "call <contact name> work" to call the work number.

"Call extension <extension number>"

Say this voice command to dial an extension. To perform this task, you must set options for dialing extensions. You can dial extensions only within your company.

"Check my phone number"

If you have multiple phone numbers associated with your BlackBerry® smartphone, say this voice command to check your active phone number.

"Check signal strength"

Say this voice command to check your wireless coverage level.

"Check network"

Say this voice command to check the wireless network that your smartphone is connected to.

"Check battery"

Say this voice command to check the battery power level.

"Repeat"

Say this voice command to have the last voice prompt repeated to you.

"Cancel"

Say this voice command to close the voice dialing application.

 


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