Siri, the digital voice assistant found on Apple’s iOS devices will soon be able to speak a number of new languages. The company released a new beta of iOS 8.3 this morning which reveals that Siri will be speaking Russian, Danish, Dutch, Thai, Turkish, Swedish, and Portuguese starting later this year. In addition, Siri is also working on India’s English accent. Also Read - Siri can now read & reply to Telegram messages for iPhone & iPad users
First reported by 9to5Mac, Apple started hinting its intentions to expand Siri’s language support last year when it started posting job listings on its website. Its presence in the iOS 8.3 beta hints that the company has made a significant development on this front and could be prepping for an imminent release. Also Read - Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 anniversary edition launched in India for Rs 24,990
Multilingual support in Siri will be crucial for Apple as it tries to expand its presence worldwide. The update will enrich user experience and attract more customers. Microsoft’s Cortana is working aggressively on adding support for foreign languages. Also Read - Apple's Siri voice assistant now offering coronavirus updates in several countries, including India
The iOS 8.3 update adds a number of other features including better sign-in option for Gmail and enriched Emoji keyboard. It is expected to release in mid-March as a public beta, according to an earlier report. 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.