When it comes to a voice recognition app we all know that BlackBerry 10 has one built in, however it is quite limited compared to similar apps on other platforms. But the good news for BlackBerry 10 users is that you can download SayIt which will give you a ton of voice activated functionality - perfect for when you are feeling lazy or maybe even in the car.
We first got hands on with SayIt when I was over at BlackBerry Jam in Amsterdam where I hooked up with the developer. Since then the app received a pretty big update and that brought a few new features - the biggest being that you can now ask SayIt pretty much anything you like and you should get an answer. I've been using the app quite heavily over the last few weeks so I thought it was well worth sharing with you my thoughts and experiences.
The user interface of SayIt is kept simple which I love. The grey and red circle at the bottom is what you press to activate the recording and again you tap it to stop. Above that you will see your question in the top box and below that will be the answer. SayIt will also speak the answer to you much like Siri does on the iPhone.
At the very top of the screen you will constantly see suggested things that you can ask the app which I think is a nice touch. As you can see from this screen shot you can easily update your social networking apps by voice if you can't be bothered to type. It isn't perfect and it does take a little getting used to but overall SayIt is a fantastic application.
As you can see below there are also a few other features of the app - all that work beautifully. The Command List will come in very handy for new users as it offers an extensive list of the types of things you can ask - ranging from the weather to searching for local restaurants as an example. It is even clever enough to answer some comical questions but I will let you discover those for yourself.
If you are going overseas then SayIt could well be a life saver for you with its translation capabilities. There are a load of countries available to choose from and once you have picked one the app will remember it so that from the main screen you can just tap the speech button and say 'translate..........' - Clever stuff. And it works real well.
As SayIt has been Built for BlackBerry we get the option to share results with whichever accounts you have in your BlackBerry Hub. I seem to be using the 'Remember' app a lot more these days so if I have searched for something and want to keep a record of it I just share it with 'Remember' and it's there whenever I need it.
SayIt is priced at £2.50/$3.99 and if you ask me that's a real bargain for what you get for your money. This one is a real beauty so a pat on the back goes to the developer.
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