The latest developer beta for iOS 8.3 which is scheduled for release later this spring brings support for more languages that Siri will now understand. They include Russian, Danish, Portuguese, Dutch, Turkish, Thai, Swedish and English for India. Apple’s mobile OS is still in beta, so regular users won’t yet be able to access the new language settings just yet.
iOS 8.3’s public beta is rumored for launch in March. The rolled out testing software for Apple products also brings in more racially diverse emoji. The language settings in Siri can be changed by accessing the Siri settings panel on iPhone and iPad.
First launched in 2011, Siri, the voice-control digital assistant can currently understand Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, French, German, Spanish, Italian Japanese, American, UK and Australian English, and more.
Siri impresses much but can’t understand English with an Indian accent. And then we have had to fake an American accent to get Siri to understand our voice commands. Siri will soon start understanding English spoken with an Indian accent. Siri also takes care of dictation on iOS and that makes support for Indian accents an exciting addition. Pretty soon you’ll be able to write feature length articles without typing a single word.
Apple is also said to be planning to switch to a public beta process for future iOS updates. The company currently only lets developers access the beta releases of iOS in exchange for a fee. The move to a public beta, where anyone is allowed to test beta builds of software, will allow Apple to eliminate bugs in iOS faster. The company is said to be focusing on stability with iOS 9.