Apple’s Siri will soon start recognizing Indian English
Siri, the digital voice assistant found on Apple’s iOS devices will soon be able to speak a number of new languages. Siri can do several things that its Android counterpart cannot but one area where it has been lagging behind is its ability to understand English with an Indian accent. Rather frustratingly, we have had to fake an American accent to get Siri to understand our voice commands. It looks like that problem may be solved soon. The company released a new beta of iOS 8.3 which reveals that Siri will be speaking Russian, Danish, Dutch, Thai, Turkish, Swedish, and Portuguese starting later this year.
According to a report in 9to5Mac, Siri will soon start understanding English spoken with an Indian accent. iOS 8.3 beta 2 is said to add Siri support for languages such as English for India, Danish, Dutch, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Thai and Turkish.
It will also allow users to use the dictation feature to dictate emails or write-ups without the need to fake an American or British accent.
As per the report, new options are accessible via the Siri settings menu on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 8.3 is expected to release later this year but it will also be open for public testing in March via a public beta. The move to a public beta, where anyone is allowed to test beta builds of software, will allow Apple to eliminate bugs in iOS faster. Notably, iOS 8.3 beta and beta 2 are available only for registered developers. A public beta of iOS 8.3 is expected to be out in mid-March, 2015. iOS 8.3 is expected to be rolled out later this year.
The company is said to be focusing on stability with iOS 9. The iOS 9 update, which is due for the fall, is primarily focused on providing performance, speed, and stability boost to the mobile operating system.