A new BlackBerry 10 screenshot apparently confirms that the new operating system will feature an all-new Voice Control feature, which although less than revolutionary in terms of the market as a whole is still a sure-fire sign that RIM’s latest, greatest and perhaps final shot at glory is right on par with the best in the business.
Voice Control is beginning to be accepted and expected as a fundamental standard in the Smartphone world, with Siri having led the charge and Google Now earning quite the loyal following. In the case of BlackBerry 10 Voice Control, the feature will apparently allow users to carry out all the standards as expected, including the sending of text messages making calls and controlling diary/calendar entries – all of which can already be done with iOS or Android.
Perhaps more excitingly, another of the abundant flurry of leaks making its way out over recent days would appear to confirm that RIM has made serious efforts to deeply integrate various social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Google Talk and LinkedIn. What’s more, the past weekend’s application drive or ‘Port-a-Thon’ reportedly saw another 15,000 BlackBerry 10 apps being submitted for the upcoming BB10 app library, which is destined to be the largest ever upon introduction of an all-new OS.
That being said, the only numbers currently making their way out are those of submissions – how many of these apps will be approved and available by the BlackBerry 10 release date therefore remains unknown.
On paper at least however it seems that BlackBerry 10 in terms of the OS itself has pretty much everything it could possibly need to spark a significant success story and bring RIM to the number-three position in the market. In order to do so, the OS and device range must first overtake Windows Phone 8, but given the way in which BB10 has the potential to win back millions of fans still carrying a torch for the once-great name, this is something that might prove easier than most give credit for.