Uber, Lyft, WhatsApp Updates Bring First SiriKit and CallKit SDK Integrations to iOS 10 Users

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Sep 17, 2016.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    With iOS 10, Apple opened Siri to third-party developers with a public API, allowing the personal assistant to summon third-party services and apps hands-free.

    Two of the first apps to make use of the new Siri SDK are WhatsApp Messenger and ride-hailing app Uber, both of which issued updates for their flagship apps this week.


    Uber users can now hail a ride with a "Hey, Siri" command, followed by "Book me an Uber" or other variants. Apple has also allowed the ride-hailing service to be integrated into Apple Maps under a new Ride tab, where users can choose from a list of available drivers in the area. As pointed out by MacRumors readers, Lyft has also been updated to support both functions.

    WhatsApp users meanwhile can now use Siri to dictate and send messages as well as initiate calls.


    WhatsApp also becomes one of the first third-party apps to make use of CallKit, Apple's new framework that enables VoIP calls to function in iOS 10 like FaceTime and regular cellular calls. VoIP service Viber also supports the feature.

    After updating the app, incoming WhatsApp calls appear in the lock screen showing the caller's profile picture and the typical call response buttons. In addition, WhatsApp contacts are now integrated into the native Contacts app in iOS 10, and also appear in the Phone app's Favorites. The WhatsApp update includes a number of other enhancements, including the ability to forward multiple chats at once.

    To enable Siri integration for the apps, users should go to Settings -> Siri -> App Support and toggle the relevant switches to the on position. Users should expect plenty more third-party Siri integrations to appear in the coming months.

    WhatsApp Messenger is a free download for iPhone available on the App Store. [Direct Link]

    Uber is a free download for iPhone and iPad available on the App Store. [Direct Link]

    Lyft is a free download for iPhone and iPad available on the App Store. [Direct Link]

    Viber is a free download for iPhone and iPad available on the App Store. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Uber, Lyft, WhatsApp Updates Bring First SiriKit and CallKit SDK Integrations to iOS 10 Users
  2. AndresTC macrumors newbie

    Apr 2, 2013
    I was wondering why I couldn't do this just after updating the app!

    Thanks for the little tip
  3. allenvanhellen macrumors regular

    Dec 8, 2015
  4. SBlue1 macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2008
    Great, hope for more Siri support across other apps
  5. Nozuka macrumors 68020

    Jul 3, 2012
    this does not seem to work..

    edit: it works with some contacts, but not all of them. even though they all have whatsapp.. thats weird.
  6. nikicampos macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2011
    Also, when receiving a notification, the contact name appears as you have it store on your iPhone, no longer appears the name everyone chooses on WhatsApp profile.
  7. mthomas184 macrumors 6502


    Aug 11, 2016
    ....even though Lyft released there's a day before Uber. But who's counting ;)
  8. ManchesterAppler macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2016
    I hope that YouTube (google) start to cooperate with Siri app support, although I know that they have their own voice command embedded in their apps.
    It would be very cool to ask Siri to show a specific video on YouTube.
  9. foxconn Suspended

    Sep 6, 2016
    "Hey Siri, can you ask google now to show me a YouTube video by..."
  10. Scottsoapbox macrumors 6502a


    Oct 10, 2014
  11. Kkspire macrumors newbie

    May 19, 2016
    Lyft always get shafted for some reason. This was available with them the day after iOS 10 was realized. I know because I used it.
  12. hlfway2anywhere macrumors 65816

    Jul 15, 2006
    Actually Lyft did it first but what do I know
  13. Goure macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2010
    WhatsApp isn't working for me - it gets stuck on "To whom would you like me to send it", even though visually it has the right contact and message written out on the screen.
  14. vmistery macrumors 6502a

    Apr 6, 2010
    Pleased about the WhatsApp integration, my OH has a habit of messaging me while driving
  15. 2010mini macrumors 68040

    Jun 19, 2013
    I'm sorry.... OH? Did you mean HO? Or is that a new shortening for something else?
  16. thisisnotmyname macrumors 68000


    Oct 22, 2014
    known but velocity indeterminate
    Not picking on your comment specifically but I've noticed several "Lyft did it first" type posts. We're four days past iOS 10 release, do we really need to split hairs over who made it through the app store approval process first? I realize Lyft is the underdog here to the 800 lb Uber gorilla but one day faster to app store isn't something I'd be using to differentiate. Perhaps posts would be better served talking about your happiness that Lyft is using Siri integration due to being a fan of the company, it's culture, it's pricing, etc... If you are a big Lyft fan (I'm guessing those who notice a one day difference in app release dates are) then here's a chance to talk about *why* you are so found of their service and I'd bet being a day earlier to Siri integration isn't in your top ten of reasons.
  17. iFanaddic, Sep 17, 2016
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2016

    iFanaddic macrumors 6502a


    Sep 24, 2008
    Montréal, Canada
    Weird bug for me, I have uber app and it is available in my city before anyone asks.

  18. powaking macrumors 6502


    Jul 3, 2008
    Discover card app also lets you request Siri to make a payment.
  19. vmistery macrumors 6502a

    Apr 6, 2010
    Other half, thought it was a pretty common abbreviation?!
  20. nfortna macrumors member


    Feb 5, 2014
  21. 2010mini macrumors 68040

    Jun 19, 2013
    Nope.... SO (significant other) is what I always saw as an abbreviation for wife/girlfriend.
    --- Post Merged, Sep 17, 2016 ---
    Ummmm the question you asked Siri was "Book are you Uber" not "book me an Uber"
  22. mrow macrumors regular

    Aug 15, 2009
    Lyft was featured in the keynote though.
  23. citi macrumors 65816


    May 2, 2006
    Simi Valley, CA
    I don't care about the sirikit but I do care about the Callkit. I'm so sick of ringcentral being a second class citizen. It's literally how I run my business but when another "regular" call comes in it get's thrown out. Hurry up and update ringcentral!
  24. russellelly macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2006
    Glasgow, UK
    What does this mean? WhatsApp has always used the phone's address book, so I'm not sure what integration this refers to (and can't see anything new on my phone).
  25. Ritsuka macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2006
    You can make a WhatsApp call directly from the Contacts and Phone apps now.

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