SayIt for BlackBerry 10 gets updated yet again - this time with a magical new feature

By James Richardson on 20 Aug 2013 07:16 am EDT
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The 'Built for BlackBerry' personal assistant application, SayIt, has been updated once again, this time to version 2.4 and with the update brings something I've not seen before on BlackBerry 10 - Touchless Sensing. If you are a frequent user of the the app you will now have the option to speak to SayIt without even touching your BlackBerry - clever stuff.

The 'Touchless Sensing' option is turned off by default but you can jump into the settings and toggle it on and off easily enough. This feature won't be for everybody and if you try it you'll discover that leaving SayIt open with the sensing option on will make your BlackBerry beep at you every time you go near it. For some situations it will be perfect though. Another nice option to have in a native application that is constantly being improved.

You can catch the developers quick demonstration of the new Touchless Sensing in action below:

New in this release:

  • Introducing "Touchless Sensing" mode. Now, you can activate and ask SayIt from your home screen of your phone, even your phone is locked and sleep. You can hover you hand, put your phone near your ear (like the way you answer a phone call) or even flip your phone to activate SayIt. By default, Touchless Sensing mode is disable, you can activate it through the Settings inside the app.
  • Option to choose between Tap&Hold - Speak - Release and Tap - Speak -Tap action for Z10
  • Fix "go to" command
  • Music can play in background
  • Fix music stuffs. Play music on SDCard or internal memory
  • More soccer info
  • Fix Vimeo in Search Mode

SayIt is available for all BlackBerry 10 smartphones.

More information/Download SayIt for BlackBerry 10

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SayIt for BlackBerry 10 gets updated yet again - this time with a magical new feature

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The link at the bottom is taking me to say it for legacy devices. I got the update going into my world anyways but I thought I would let you know the link isn't working.

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Yes 10.2 doing the same for me in q10 and z10. But it's a leak so I can't expect everything to work.

I wish I could say "call xxxxxxxx"and it calls that persons number for me. And if it does, clearly I missed that somehow since I tried and it told me it didn't understand what I was Asking. :(

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I knew I should have bought this app when it was on sale a few weeks ago.

From my Z10 to YOU, BOO-YAH!

If BBRY didn't think to make the standard voice assistant as clever, I doubt they have any plans to buy such company. BB10 had so much potential to change the mobile industry but some habits die hard.

It's says it is unavailable for my device and I got a Blackberry Z10..
Very strange. Now model number STL-100

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Access directly via BBW. The link won't work. Enjoy

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It said the same for me (clicking the link above and signing in on a computer). But I searched for it on my Z10 in BlackBerry World and it says it is available to download. So I would suggest trying the same.

I also have a Z10 through Telus and when I go to update to new version it says that it's not available for my device. I'll give it another try a bit later today.

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It said the same for me (clicking the link above and signing in on a computer). But I searched for it on my Z10 in BlackBerry World and it says it is available to download. So I would suggest trying the same.

The touch less feature sounds promising but in general, it seems many people have no idea how much you can do with the native voice command app.

The touch less sensing option must take so much battery.

Corky Notes and Lazy Lists for BlackBerry 10 developer

I love active frames and all, but some apps are a little annoying needing to stay open in order to work properly. It would be nice if this feature worked headless - hopefully that will become an option in the future with 10.2 release.

Wrong link. You need
"SayIt Built for BlackBerry"

Your link goes to "SayIt" which is for legacy BlackBerry's

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Guys the touchless thing is frikkin AWESOME. It even works while the phone is in sleep mode. I can't stop playing with it!! What will be interesting to see, however, is if this is a battery drainer by keeping the proximity sensor running.

Wow wow wow awesome! Does that mean 10.2 is going to have the same features? Can we wave to answer phone calls!

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I think I'd rather have the option to press a button from any screen.. there must be a way to reprogram the existing middle volume rocker button. The touchless sensor is a little too "touchless" for practical everyday use. While the feature is innovative and cool, I expect to have this turned off unless I'm just showing someone else a cool new feature to avoid beeps and the voice assistant talking in my pocket.

This is a cool (all be it gimmicky) feature. It shows the device has built in ability to be able to answer calls like the new SG4.

I have this app, but I never use it. I find it never understands what I'm asking. Likely me, but I sort of of expected it to be more of a personal assistant like Siri. I would use it if I could use it to schedule calender events, make calls, send texts/BBM's while driving. But it always tell me it doesn't understand those commands. I find the native voice control app more useful.

Swipe, swipe it good...via CB10 from my Z10

I rarely use it, as well. It's more of a show-off piece for me. i.e. if someone asks me "When was JFK assassinated?" I'll launch the app and ask the question. It's cooler than typing it into Google... But it would be MUCH more valuable if it integrated with OS commands such as sending a text, making a phone call, etc.

Internal error message and won't return weather temperature in Celsius. The touchless feature is impressive.

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It would be nice(r) if they had upgraded the server side responses.
I am not thrilled to often get back responses like:
"I can not answer that question"
for seemingly 'simple' inquiries.

I use it 50/50. A traditional Google query usually gives better suggestions to answer the question.

If you guys get the "Internal error" message. There are two cases:
1. You haven't allowed all permissions for SayIt to work. To edit permissions, go to Settings (the Settings of your phone) > Security and Privacy > Application Permissions > SayIt, then allow all permissions
2. You mis-use the record button. The default behavior on the Z10 is Tap & Hold> Speak > Release to end.

Nice update but I still deleted mine. Until it can actually understand what I'm saying and call or text someone for me by voice then I'll leave it in my bb world cloud.

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yeahhh Crackberry - Keep pushing half baked apps. Don't worry, that doesn't hurt Blackberry's reputation at all. It's not like anyone would ever compare these apps to say, a fully working, app that's been available for several years on other platforms.

Got it and surprised it won't open FB and other apps.

Works better then it did in the past. A little slow on response time.

Verizon Z10. Running 10.1.0.4651. Posted via CB10

Love the app, and the constant improvements this developer seems to care. I hope more phone control in future updates

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If you guys get the "Internal error" message. There are two cases:
1. You haven't allowed all permissions for SayIt to work. To edit permissions, go to Settings (the Settings of your phone) > Security and Privacy > Application Permissions > SayIt, then allow all permissions
2. You mis-use the record button. The default behavior on the Z10 is Tap & Hold> Speak > Release to end.

Same here internal error. I have all permission set to yes. Previous version worked just fine on latest 10.2 leak.

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If you use the "Touchless Sensing" feature, sometime you move your hand too quick, so that SayIt cannot get your voice and this message "internal error" shows up

It would be nice if the app allowed you to make a call to a contact, or send a text or bbm message to a contact like the native voice command does. My friend who has Siri on the iPhone and i were together when she needed to fine the closest bookstore to our location, Siri just brought up a list of 8 bookstores close by and let her choose one to get directions, while Say It opened up the browser. Also we were on FT Belvoir in VA where there is a Suntrust bank on base and some outside the base, but when i asked where is the closest Suntrust Bank, it gave me a location in DC which is clearly much further away. I hope there is something that can be done with these concerns that would make it an even better app. I do like the ease of use, but general questions like 'how old is Justin Bieber" is not typically what i would want to use my "personal assistant" for, but rather scheduling appointments, shooting out emails, making calls, almost instant directions a la Siri. I do like the language translator feature very much that Siri doesn't seem to have...i used it once when i was having a little trouble getting one of the office Spanish speaking cleaning ladies to understand what i was trying to say.....my Spanish is a bit rusty so i used the translator speaking english and i let her read it in spanish on my phone so that worked pretty well and is a really cool feature that i could see someone using depending on their circumstances.

We will work on phone call and text message. Instead of "How old is Justin Bieber?" ask "How old is the earth?" or "Who is the tallest person?" :)

Awesome new feature, now if we could get an "okay google now " moto x style then that'd be the ultimate

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Have all permissions enabled on my Z10. Rebooted, re-installed...still touchless is awful. I get 2 beeps when I move my hand to start speaking, and 2 beeps when I move it away when finished - thereby confusing the mic and it never knows what to answer. On top of that I also get a frequent 'internal error' message. I asked it the time about 20 times. Only once did it work. No problems in previous version.

When the app doesn't recognize your voice. The "internal error" pops up. Move your hand near the Light Sensor of your phone (at the distance less than 2 cm or so) till the time you hear "Beep" then Speak, after that move your hand away and you will hear a "Beep" again. Then SayIt will start thinking and processing your command. The reason why you hear 2 "Beeps" is that your hand moves near the Light Sensor and you move it away immediately without speaking. That's why the "internal error" message appeared. You need to get acquainted to this new "Touchless Sensing" feature. You can use the Record Button as normal without any problem.

Yes the button works normally and I just figured out the light sensor thing myself! I just move my hand near the top of the phone and not any further. That way I only get the one beep and am able to speak. Still, I find the response time much slower than the previous version!

"Have all permissions enabled on my Z10. Rebooted, re-installed...still touchless is awful. I get 2 beeps when I move my hand to start speaking, and 2 beeps when I move it away when finished - thereby confusing the mic and it never knows what to answer. On top of that I also get a frequent 'internal error' message. I asked it the time about 20 times. Only once did it work. No problems in previous version."

I was confused at first too, but your two beeps comment let me know you were probably doing the same thing i was doing at first...... if you wave your hand over then speak and wave your over again after you are through, you are doing it wrong. Hover your hand over the phone, when it beeps once begin speaking while leaving your hand hovering over the phone...once you have finished speaking, move your hand and you will hear a beep.....it will then "think" and follow up with the answer to your question.

Edit: I see the developer responded AND you figured out the answer on your own while i was typing my response; glad you have the concern solved!

I would love it if you could integrate answering calls into the say it app or make some sort of customized phone app with with this touchless feature I love it the GS4 wouldn't look so fancy any more then

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Nice to see developer is so involved in helping with issues, however i can't solve this touchless internal error issue, using the hand properly and have allowed all permissiins, it was working fine but i toggled to tap speak tap, didn't work, toggled back to tap hold release but still not working, have deleted app and will try reinsta

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I have tried the new touchless feature and love it..what I have found is use your phone the same way you make a call and it works . simply put the phone near your face as though you were making a call then move it away when you are done talking and it works..i do agree it would be awesome to make calls or open more features on your phone but I am very confident this will be available as an option in the future...great job excellent app.

As a side note if you want to open the camera or website you should keep the app open full screen or it will hang

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argh! it happened right after i tried carrying my phone to the next room. it was beeping like crazy with every step. Rebooted, no good. :(

I would like an option for a quieter beep (like a badge tap). :)

This is exactly what I wanted in this app! Thank you!
I hope the developer can appropriate the middle button between the volume buttons to launch the app instead of the native speech-to-text.
Another thing I would like to see is being able to give the app a name and it acknowledges that. So a word cue would be it's name and it would know you were addressing it. Kind of like when ToS/TNG when the crew precedes an inquiry with "COMPUTER".

For those getting internal error it's because it's sensitive, if you keep waving your hand or anything by it it will set It off. You can change the settings if you don't want to use touch less. Hope that helps

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This update rocks, im hoping we'll be able to do more tasks with future updates, like launch Safedrive, and send text messages

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Wow, what an update, using sayit with the phone locked is nice,asking your phone a question when its locked is a nice touch , Keep on moving!

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Why do you keep pushing this App? Can someone come on and give me a real world solution it provides?

They Should have Left it Alone. Because it won't work on My Phone. When I Pull up the App it tells Me That it could Not Connect to BBM. Try Again Later. I have NO IDEA WHY These Apps have to Connect to Our BBM!!! It Really Drives Me Crazy!! It Seems like Every App Needs Permission to ALL Your Stuff in Order to Work Correctly. Now Before This Recent Update of Sayit, Everything was Working Absolutely Fine. Now It Works But I have to get Past that Annoying Messages Every Time I Open the App. Anyway I wrote to the People at Sayit and I wrote 2 Times Already so Hopefully I will get a Response Before the Week is Up.

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Works fine here just need to use my waving properly, if I go too fast it screws up but it is my fault not sayit.

Would be nice of at launch it would start off "hi (name) how may I help you" instead of just the words.

But more uses for the phone is needed for sure. Like to answer or to send emails make calls etc.

Needs more personal touch it is getting there but still lacking.

Keep up with the upgrades thanks.
And by no means am i knocking this app just what i would like to see added.

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Love the App. Had this since the beginning

Keep up the great work

Love asking questions of Sayit in front of my siri friends.

Sayit answers 95% of the time

Then of course they try and the typical anserwer they get

( I can search the Web for you)

Just gave you guys another 5 stars in BlackBerry World

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Hmm, i like the app a lot, however i found another little quirk that needs to be worked out. When i ask "what is 150 divided by 8" it gives me that answer "75/4"it says "75 slash 4" clearly not what i was looking for. I hope the math skills get addressed in a future update. it adds and subtracts like a champ. Multiplication is a little quirky too...if i ask "what is 75 multiplied by 4" it will respond with "300", but if i ask "what is 75 times 4" it will return the question as "what is 75 times FOR" and the answer will be " 75 time|[time] time|[time]" i have no friggin idea what that means other than it gave me "4" "times" LOL. I think this will be an awesome app with the developer continuing to put more time into it.

App is good. But every time ḭ ask for mũʂḭç it shuts off. All ɱƴ permissions αrє σn. ḭ deleted it and reinstalled it. Still shuts off. Yeah making phone calls would be great or send bbm by talking

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If it says internal problem. You must put the phone to your earlier as if making a call...wait for the beep then speak...add me guys..

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Developer deletes majority of negative reviews. How sneaky is that. I was upset as app couldn't answer simple history questions, couldn't locate anything near me...just kept searching endless with no results, many questions are answered with sarcasm. The majority of functions are basically useless. I saw another negative comment this morning about a gentleman who contacted Blackberry about this app and couldn't get any assistance. He stated BlackBerry never heard of this developer. Forget about a refund. Crackberry should research things more before recommending Apps. Don't bother looking for that review, it has already magically disappeared , as did mine.

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