Apple Reportedly Opening Up Siri for Third Party Apps

May 26, 2016, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Apple will finally unlock the Siri gates for third party app developers. According to a report from The Information, Apple is finally stepping up to expand its personal assistant beyond Apple-owned operating systems, as a part of which the company will now have third party support offered with Siri.

And that’s not the only thing they are onto; the Cupertino-based company also appears to follow the footsteps of Amazon by introducing a Siri-powered speaker device, which would be the company’s take on Amazon Echo device that are powered by Alexa.

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Alexa, which made a relatively late debut, is gaining a strong foothold in home device after making its entry through products like Amazon Echo and Dot.

Apple has been mulling over its personal assistant expansion for some time now. However, the company has stood still despite witnessing the smoother take-offs of rival services. As of now, Siri remains tied up with iOS, watchOS, and tvOS, and has only been featured in limited third party services via HomeKit.

The first move from the company will be to release the Siri software developer kit for third party developers who want their apps to be tied up with Siri. The speaker device is put on a distinct timeframe, and will take place only after the SDK roll outs turns fully fledged.

Nothing else has been revealed about the speaker device, or about the apps that will jump on to catch Siri. However, apps that deals with day-to-day services like restaurant booking, shopping, taxi services, etc. seems much likely to get integrated.

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