BlackBerry Partners with WolframAlpha for Voice Control Knowledge Capabilities

It was announce at Wolfram Technology Conference that Wolfram|Alpha, the company’s computational knowledge engine, will be made available to BlackBerry customers through Voice Control for BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2.

This is great news for BlackBerry as WolframAlpha is already powering the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note from Samsung since 2012. With Wolfram|Alpha and Voice Control, BlackBerry customers can get answers to their questions, queries and trivia through Wolfram|Alpha’s expansive, human-curated collection of data.

Examples of such queries include:

•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?
“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.”

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