New languages for Siri?

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  1. iMacBooked macrumors 6502a

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    Is it possible that new languages will be released for Siri on iOS 7 final? I remember when iOS 6 came out, a lot of new languages were added. Though those new languages had then been announced during the Apple event, whereas now at WWDC nothing was mentioned about new spoken Siri languages. As a dutch speaking iPhone 4S user, I think adding support for more big languages is a lot more important than Apple making new voices or integrating Siri into cars.
     
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    Maybe, remember only 23 million or so speak dutch, so it's not one of the 'big' languages IMO.
    They still need to fix many of the other languages they have first.
     
  3. iMacBooked thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    You're right about the fact that they should fix the other languages they have. But for people like us who haven't been able to use Siri in our own language, it's like some sort of dead feature. We all thought Siri would be Apple's priority after launching the iPhone 4S, that they would add more languages soon. They promised doing so too. And yes they did so, when iOS 6 was released. Not dutch, but other languages were added then. So it would be logical for Apple to do the same thing for iOS 7. I just don't get how it can take more than 2 years, for a big company like Apple, to form a Siri team specialised in all languages. Google managed to add our language in like 2 months. We were all hoping of dutch support in iOS 7, but they even didn't say a word of it at WWDC, which really is a shame. Instead, they announced Siri with a male voice... Come on! :)
    Anyway, I still hope for new languages in the final version of iOS 7. :D
     
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    I understand and hope you get it w/ iOS 7 :)
    Just don't expect it to work as smooth as google's version.
     
  5. Ballis macrumors 6502a

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    I bet they will add some languages come launch. Im guessing you will have your Dutch before Ill get Norwegian.
     
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    ...and you both will get your Dutch and Norwegian long before I get Polish.
     
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    And you all will get your dutch norwegian and polish way before I get Turkish, even tough almost 85-90 million people speak it. They are opening the first official Apple store in about a couple of months here tho so you never know
     
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    Yet you are all on a US based site writing/speaking English very well....not much of an incentive for Apple if they read this. ;)
     
  10. silvermx5, Aug 4, 2013
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    216 million people speak portuguese... Gess I'll be getting it first :)

    6th most spoken language in the world!

    FYI

    1 - Mandarin
    2 - Spanish
    3 - English
    4 - Hindi
    5 - Arabic
    6 - Portuguese
     
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    Your list is most likely based on native speakers meaning the fols above would not even be included in the "English" number.

    Most lists that include ALL speakers have English as second most behind Mandarin.
     
  12. silvermx5, Aug 4, 2013
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    In the matter of Siri (people using Siri for daily use), I think the native number is what matters. I also speak english but it's not my native language so to use Siri (english) I have to give her/him commands in english. Imagine someone in Holland speaking Dutch, speaking dutch all the time and talking on iphone in dutch but when using Siri speaking english... A bit annoying/nonsense, that's why people are asking for more Siri languages..

    Check it for yourself:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Most_spoken_languages
     
  13. Kevcay macrumors newbie

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    This is just my opinion: It doesn't matter how many native speakers there is. What matters is the amount of iPhone users in the specific country. That's why for example Sweden might get Siri before Turkey.
     
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    I agree that there are a lot more factors besides language popularity. Looking at both the above wiki page and the currently supported languages, Apple supports 9 languages with the following popularity rankings: 1,2,3,9,11,17,18,23,24.

    Regarding the topic, I wouldn't expect any additionally languages at launch. Apple may add a few more around January, but at this point languages are going to be a slow addition
     
  15. Georgij macrumors regular

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    If you look in which countries Apple launches iPhone first, then you'll see which countries Apple prioritises. Next most likely is Portuguese
     
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    I don't really care for Russian language for Siri (nor do I think it's possible to implement it with synthetic language without making Siri dull beyond imagination) but I do wish it would search places in my country. Language is minor, I don't mind that (usually I prefer being alone with my phone or tablet when I talk to them lol, so who's to hear or care?)
     
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    I guess Apple want to serve countries which have the most iphone users and the highest population

    Languages in iOS 6

    English
    German
    French
    Spanish
    Japanese
    Chinese (mandarin)
    Italian
    Korean

    Most spoken languages

    Mandarin
    Spanish
    English
    Arabic
    Hindi
    Bengali
    Portuguese
    Russian
    Japanese
    German
    Javanese
    Others
     
  18. iMacBooked thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks, we'll see what iOS 7 brings. :)
    I don't care wether Google Now would be better than Siri or not, I just want the feature Apple promised us, to finally be available.
    That's exactly what I mean. :)

    Lol, that's true. :D But writing in English isn't the same as talking. ;)
     
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    I feel you... I speak English well but my accent is terrible. I speak Hebrew and I doubt it will ever be released in this language. Not only it's a complicated language, it has a different alphabet.
     
  21. iMacBooked thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks. :) I knew Apple was hiring people for more Siri languages support, but that job offer was placed back in November 2012, it's almost been a year, whereas Google Now did it in like 2 months.. I hope they still have a team working on it anyway. :)
    Indeed. :) And without our language, Siri is more for having fun like asking 'I need to dump a body' or 'Tell a joke' and that kind of stuff. It's not practical for daily use at all. I'm really waiting for Siri being able to read a text message in my language, when recieved while having my earpods in. :)
     
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    I think the numbers will get you. After all Mandarin is complicated and it doesn't even have an alphabet -- it has pictures of broken pieces of furniture!
     
  23. Naor macrumors regular

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    Sadly just a few people in this world speak hebrew... Not more than 7 million native speakers.
     
  24. iMacBooked thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I suppose there haven't been any new languages for Siri in the iOS 7 beta's? I don't know if the languages Apple added in iOS 6 did also appear in the beta's back then, but I hope this won't be an indication for not getting new languages in the final version either.
     
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    Are there any new Siri languages in iOS 7 GM?
     

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