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Apple Opens Siri to Third-Party Developers With iOS 10

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At its WWDC keynote today, Apple announced that it would open Siri up to third-party developers with a public API, allowing users to use Apple's personal assistant AI to summon third-party services and apps hands free.


Siri now supports a multitude of app types, including popular third-party messaging apps like WhatsApp and WeChat. Like with iMessage, Siri can be used to send texts to contact by uttering voice commands like "WeChat Kevin and tell him I'll be late." Siri can also be used for payment apps, VoIP apps and ride-hailing apps like Uber or Lyft.

The public API for Siri will be available for developers in the iOS 10 preview today, and will be available for users when iOS 10 launches in the fall.

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kwikdeth

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Not holding my breath, the four minutes or so devoted to Siri with zero mention of back end changes suggests to me that it will continue to be of marginal usefulness, and with some of these third party apps, I can just see the troubles ahead with botched recognition.

Lots of fluff, not much substance in this one...
 
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divergirl

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Does this mean third party keyboards will be able to use dictation now? Because that is honestly the only thing keeping me from switching from the stock keyboard. Switching back and forth whenever I wanted to use dictation got to be a pain.
 
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avanpelt

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Funny that they didn't show the one thing I'll probably use this for the most: getting Google Maps directions with Siri.
 
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ewafford

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Not holding my breath, the four minutes or so devoted to Siri with zero mention of back end changes suggests to me that it will continue to be of marginal usefulness, and with some of these third party apps, I can just see the troubles ahead with botched recognition.

Lots of fluff, not much substance in this one...

Considering they did a complex query demo with another demo of it being context aware and yet another with deeper queries after initial response, I would think that it is improved. Just because they don't cram a ton of technical review in the 5 minutes they have to blow through a preview of what is coming doesn't mean that there are hasn't been tons of work done to accomplish those quick demos.

TL;DR: They obviously did, stop being troll.
 
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RoboCop001

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tvOS and macOS support contextual follow-up Siri commands. But they haven't shown this with iOS. Hopefully they just left it out of the demo.
 
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andrewsipes

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So it is definitely locked down to this initial intents right now, but this represents a big step for Siri, a change of direction. Given Apple's attitude towards Developer Integration today, I'd say we have much to look forward to in updates to come.
 
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Kabeyun

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Does this mean third party keyboards will be able to use dictation now? Because that is honestly the only thing keeping me from switching from the stock keyboard. Switching back and forth whenever I wanted to use dictation got to be a pain.
Completely agree. I'm giving all these interesting keyboard options a pass because there's no voice recognition. Fingers crossed.
 
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btrach144

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Again, talking to technology is cumbersome and awkward. Cool but not enough to make me use it.
 
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brianvictor7

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Funny that they didn't show the one thing I'll probably use this for the most: getting Google Maps directions with Siri.

My thought exactly. Apple makes a nice OS and some decent apps, but 3rd parties that can really focus on specialized apps have generally outdone Apple in any given app field. Generally.
 
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defecta

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Seems to me like this kind of undermines their HomeKit efforts. Devices wont need to be HomeKit compliant in order to have voice control anymore. They'll just need an app and an implementation of the Siri API. Not that I'm complaining.
 
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