Monday 17 October 2011

India will have to wait for fully functional Siri.

Excited about using Siri in India? You might have to wait a couple of months/years (depending upon where India is in Apple’s priority list) if you want to get full functionality out of the voice-recognition based assistant. As reported by TUAW, Siri currently has extremely limited usage and practicality outside the United States and the only language Wolfram Alpha (the computational knowledge engine that helps churn out the answers) currently supports is English.

Don’t expect Siri to answer how to get to the closest McDonalds from where you’re currently situated, as map directions and traffic data are not available outside the US. Apple has given a little insight about Siri’s problems outside the US and they’ve mentioned that maps and local search support will be available in additional countries in 2012. In 2012, Siri will have support for additional languages including Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Italian, and Spanish.

Apple has mentioned that Siri is currently Beta only, which pops up the question that it's roughly two years post the iPhone 4 and all Apple has come up with so far is a faster processor, a bunch of new integrated applications and features and a better camera with the exact same design? Sorry Apple, that’s definitely not impressive.

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