This week the enterprise world saw BlackBerry make Bing its default search engine, an invitation to shout at your computer screen, and a bit of solid competition for Skype.
Bing Gets Promoted to BlackBerry's Default Search Engine
Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, made a surprise appearance at this week's BlackBerry World conference in Orlando. Along with RIM president Mike Lazaridis, he announced that Microsoft is entering a partnership with RIM on BlackBerry smartphones, making Bing the default search engine and maps provider on all new devices.
This isn't the first play date for Bing and BlackBerry — the recently released BlackBerry Playbook, for example, ships with the Bing Map App and is the default search provider. But Ballmer touted a much more serious integration this time around. "This goes way beyond search box," he said. "It's about real tools that help real people get things done."
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Google Begins Testing Voice Search on Google.com
The great Google is tinkering around with an integration of voice search with the Google.com search engine.
Voice search detects your computer’s microphone settings, opens a “Speak now” widget, and detects and transcribes your words into a search query.
Android users will be familiar with the feature. As a part of the Google Search widget, Google Voice Search on Android can translate voice commands into actions. For example, “Directions to the Golden Gate Bridge” will pull up instant driving/walking/public transportation directions to the San Francisco landmark via Google Maps, and "Note to self" generates a text field that translates any following comments into an e-mail that is then sent to your own account.
The Internet giant as been hard at work on the accuracy of the offering, which now recognizes Chinese and reportedly learns from your speech patterns. Still, it's difficult to see this feature as much of a hit — after all, who really wants to shout out their queries?
Viber Brings HD Voice to Android, as Skype Talks To Facebook/Google
The app adds some unique features over the iPhone version, including a full call screen when a Viber call is received, and popup text notification that lets users reply without the need to open the full app (check out all of our coverage here).
Skype isn't without a fight, however. According to Reuters, the company is currently in talks with both Facebook and Google about setting up some kind of deal. A joint venture, for example, would see its use grow even further and make it a ubiquitous tool alongside the search and social giants.
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