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Research In Motion (RIM) will introduce universal voice search to its BlackBerry range of smartphones in an upcoming update.

The Canadian smartphone maker is set to launch the new BlackBerry 6 operating system with the release of the BlackBerry Torch 9800 this week, which comes with a Universal Search feature that allows users to simply type anything they are looking for, be it contacts, emails, calendar entries, tasks, apps or anything on the web and the relevant results come up.

RIM technical product manager Bhavuk Kaul, said: "With BlackBerry 6, I never look for the icons anymore. I just search for the name of the app."

He added that a future update to BlackBerry will make searching even easier with the integration of voice input, essentially giving you the ability to search for anything on or off the device with the power of your voice. API for the feature will be also made available to third-party developers to use within their apps.

Currently Google offers voice search capability to supported Android devices but it only searches items on the web. The ability to search content on the device itself would be a key differentiating factor for BlackBerry smartphones, provided the technology works as advertised.

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