Microsoft's Tellme launches voice app for BlackBerry

Microsoft Corp.'s Tellme subsidiary launched an application for the BlackBerry that lets people speak commands into their smart phones to search for businesses, look up movie times, check traffic and make other queries. Once users download the program, they can push on their phone's green "talk" button and say either the name of a business, type […]

Microsoft Corp.'s Tellme subsidiary launched an application for the BlackBerry that lets people speak commands into their smart phones to search for businesses, look up movie times, check traffic and make other queries.

Once users download the program, they can push on their phone's green "talk" button and say either the name of a business, type of business, or the keywords "weather," "movies," "traffic," "map" or "driving directions."

Using GPS, the system figures out where the user is located and delivers nearby results from Microsoft's Live Search engine to the smart phone's screen, along with links to call, get directions, buy movie tickets and other related actions.

The program only works on some of Research in Motion Ltd.'s newer BlackBerry models. Tellme, which Microsoft acquired in 2007 for $800 million, said versions for Helio, Windows Mobile and Apple Inc.'s iPhone devices are in the works.

The Tellme program's launch comes just weeks after Yahoo Inc. unveiled a new version of its mobile search system, oneSearch 2.0, which includes voice search and is also designed to work with certain BlackBerry models.

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