BlackBerry has teamed up with Wolfram Technology to help power answers to voice questions on BlackBerry 10. At the Wolfram Technology Conference today they announced that Wolfram|Alpha will be available to BlackBerry customers with OS 10.2 through Voice Control. This will allow users to ask questions of Wolfram’s human curated collection of data including:
– What is the weather in New York?
– When is sunset tomorrow?
– What’s 18% of $43.00?
– How many days are there until New Year’s Eve?
Here is what BlackBerry and Wolfram had to say about the launch:
“BlackBerry wants to bring customers the best possible mobile experience. You can use Voice Control to make a phone call or dictate a message — it will even read a message to you. Adding natural language query with Wolfram|Alpha allows customers to get answers by simply speaking their question. It benefits personal productivity,” said Adrian Gould, Vice President of Handheld Software Product Management at BlackBerry.
“We’re excited and happy that this relationship will give BlackBerry customers access to meaningful knowledge and answers through Wolfram|Alpha,” said Luc Barthelet, Executive Director of Wolfram|Alpha. “Bringing Wolfram|Alpha to BlackBerry smartphones is an important step in Wolfram’s mission to make computable knowledge available everywhere.”
Hopefully we will see this in BlackBerry OS 10.2 shortly!