WWDC 2016 live: Apple’s Siri now supports third party apps
Finally Siri becomes more useful than setting alarms and checking the weather.
At WWDC 2016, Apple announced the iOS 10, which brings a slew of new improvements including UI changes and introduction of interactive widgets. One of the most important announcements that Apple has made is opening its digital assistant Siri to third-party app developers.
This essentially means you can ask Siri to send messages through third applications such as Slack, WhatsApp and WeChat. To do so, users need to ask Siri to ‘send a WeChat to XXX’’ and it will open the WeChat UI. Also, you can now book cabs through ride hailing apps like Uber, Lyft and Didi (in China). You can send payments with apps like Square. Similarly, you can make video calls through third party apps like Cisco and Skype.
Besides opening Siri to developers, Apple says its voice based assistant comes with a ‘quick typing’ which makes it easier for you to quickly message. The assistant allows you to quickly look up contact information, location and multilingual typing among others.
Opening of Siri to third party developers will allow a wider adoption of the digital assistant, which now competes against the likes of Google Now and Microsoft’s Cortana. Apple may also be gearing up for the competition from Google’s newly announced Allo messaging app that has built-in Google assistant. Google’s app also allows you to interact to its chatbots which are powered by Knowledge Graph. Google’s Allo will be available on both iOS and Android platforms.