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Contest: win 1 of 25 copies of the BlackBerry smartphone voice assistant SayIt!

SayIt
By Ryan Blundell on 1 Feb 2012 01:22 pm EST
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It seems as though voice controlled assistant applications are all the rage these days. BlackBerry 7 has its universal search voice prompt and we’ve also seen voice dialing for years. To date, the closest thing to Siri that BlackBerry users have seen is the popular application Vlingo. This past month, another application has appeared and has claimed that they are well on their way to being a top contender. SayIt is a voice recognition/assistant application for BlackBerry smartphones running OS 5 and higher that says it can answer any question you throw at it.

Regardless if it’s a question about the weather, a message you want to dictate or a search you want to execute, SayIt will attempt to help you get what you are looking for. Here are some examples from the developer:

  • Ask anything you want and SayIt will answer you. For example: "How old is the earth?", "Who is Justin Bieber?", "1 plus 1 equals?", "Tell me about your self?", "What's the weather like?",....and a lot more!
  • You can compose new Email , new Message, open BlackBerry Map, task, calendar,.... using your voice
  • You can Compose SMS, Email, BBM or any text typing use your own voice!
  • You can convert Text to Speech and download the converted text as *.mp3 format
  • You can convert Speech to Text and copy the text to send via BBM, SMS, MMS, Email, and so on.

I did find that you had to be in a relatively quiet area in order to use SayIt .. We were in a children’s play center last weekend, sitting at the tables. I couldn’t get SayIt to understand what I was asking of it, no matter if I cupped the microphone and spoke loudly into it. It would only catch snippets of words. When performing basic searches (like weather), Say it uses Wolfram Alpha, known as an “answer engine (rather than a search engine), to obtain results. Now while it does seem to allow you to ask more questions that Vlingo, it has yet to allow you to dial numbers. It also isn’t convenience key friendly; at best, it’s a 2 click process (one click of the convenience key and another to choose what you want to do). Rather than one virtual button to house everything, there are five buttons to choose from: Text to Voice, Voice to Text, Say a command, Options and Command List. If it adds voice dialing to the mix, I think that SayIt would be a great, fully functional, application. You can grab SayIt for $4.99 from BlackBerry App World.

Contest: We have 25 copies of SayIt to give away! All you have to do is leave a comment to be entered. Contest ends this Sunday at midnight PST.

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Contest: win 1 of 25 copies of the BlackBerry smartphone voice assistant SayIt!

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I didnt like Vlingo at all. This seems to offer alot more promise. I would love to try it out and see how well it works. Would be pretty sweet to throw it in the face of siri users lmao

I could really use this! Been using Vlingo forever but I'm hoping this is much better! Thanks CrackBerry!

I'd like a free copy.

RIM should've tried to purchase Vlingo, OR Nuance to incorporate it better into the OS to compete with Apple. (before Siri)

I still haven't reached my comfort level with Vliingo. If SayIt is more intuitive, I'd be happy to try it out. Short of winning though, I don't see me buying it just to have it taking up space if I can't get comfortable with it as well.

Me please, I am trying to convince a client NOT to buy an iphone and he wants to know if blackberry has something comparable.

I never talk to my phone, I hardly even use it for any voice, but in order to convince my client to get a 9900 - then - I'd love to win a copy.

Me please.

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I definitely need to try my lick with SayIt... I've been a big fan of Vlingo, and it would be great to compare the two apps.

Please Let me win this app. Please please please . I would be so grateful . All my friends use this website cos of me ... Please I want this app

I would like one, I tried the free beta version just weeks before it was released in App World and it was basically not capable of answering any questions or doing much of anything at the time and also there was no volume control so before saying something in the app there was a very loud noise indicating it was ready so hopefully that is fixed now.

Sounds good...... I hope you watched the Big Bang episode with Raj and his new lover Siri - Funny stuff.....

It sounds great. I haven't been impressed with a lot of "voice" control items, but maybe this is the one!

I used the bata and understood everything i said perfectly, way better then siri, i would love a full copy

Oooh i want this.. Recently i broke my arm and i have a really hard time typing with one hand, please crackberry bless me with this gift please!!!

Sounds like a great app. Will most likely buy it and try it out... but if I could win a copy that would be nice too. :)

This app looks really promising (sp ?) Hopefully it has a spell checker...LOL! I'd love to give it a try!

Peace...

Very nice ap & I would like to have a copy & try it! Have. To admit that I'm very facinated with Siri but really not an Apple fan, great thing is that BB had come up with this! Hope I get a copy for my BB99... Thanks in advance CB!!! Hehehe...

I noticed that this does BBM. It would be a big advantage to Vlingo, which was installed and uninstalled within a week...

So pretty much it has the same flaw as siri. It barely understands any1 I see use it. This looks to be better with a better answer engine and maybe some ai. Siri to me was just another apple novelty toy. It couldn't even tell u the weather unless u said it the way it was programmed to understand it. I'd love to try say it

I hope that this thing will blow siri out of the water! Thank god for developers who still like blackberry because bb is #1

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