Rumours have been circling the internet lately that Apple is working on ways to improve Siri. There have been speculations that the latest upgrade will sweep the AI voice assistant market. Today this rumour was finally confirmed as Apple announced an amazing upgrade to its voice assistant Siri. The update was revealed at the World Wide Developers Conference on Monday.
The latest update of Siri features third-party app integration. The third party app integration will be accomplished via developer API. Moreover, there are various new features and upgraded voice recognition. This will allow users to interact with Apple’s voice assistant in new ways. The third party application support for Siri includes features like messaging, photo search, ride sharing, workouts and payments for things like Square Cash and AliPay.
Apple is launching a Siri software development kit. The kit will allow developers to integrate the voice assistant with their own apps. Depending on which developers decide to integrate, you will potentially be able to play music from Spotify, order a pizza through the Domino’s app or buy a book through Amazon.
Instead of just responding to your questions, Apple’s voice assistant will now be better able to directly take care of specific tasks for you beyond a large list of services. You can say a command like “WeChat Julian that I will be ten minutes late,” and the WeChat app will send your message.
Moreover, you will also be able to send payments, search for photos, hail a car ride and do a lot more with the right supported applications. The latest SDK will open up a lot of possibilities for Siri, app developers, and users.
Recently voice assistants have been getting popular. They offer a hands-free and easy way to ask questions, communicate, find information and manage our busy lives. But now the assistants are moving beyond just answering simple questions and searching information.
Siri is expanding and also dabbling in the field of predictions. When you ask a question from Siri, you may not know exactly how you want to phrase it properly. But by using a new feature called QuickType, Siri will try to predict what you want to say next and make communication easier.