Mary Branscombe (marypcb) wrote,
Mary Branscombe
marypcb

BlackBerry voice search and why I'm a PlayBook believer

Universal search is still pretty new on the Blackberry, as you only get it with BlackBerry Search; in a session about how apps can work with it, I also caught some advance news: universal search will get voice search soon

Looking back at the PlayBook announcement, I continue to be impressed by what RIM is promising - and yes, this is hugely ambitious and RIM has to deliver it. The reason I'm not more sceptical is that QNX is already out there as an OS running on constrained hardware - that and the fact that Dan Dodge is (and I mean this as a compliment) a serious geek who loves his architecture. If he's this enthusiastic about the project, it makes me expect that he's seeing good results from the early builds. If RIM can deliver and developers can deliver, next year gets even more exciting than this one; serious tablets in the summer and Windows 8 (in some shape or form) in the autumn.

What am I actually excited about in the PlayBook? It's not the shiny prototypes, it's the architecture - a versatile OS that offers AIR, Flash, BlackBerry apps, POSIX apps, HTML 5, OpenGL games and true multi-tasking. 

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