Apple Likely Expanding Siri Availability to Poland, Czech Republic, Greece, Vietnam, Indonesia and More

Apple is hiring Siri Annotation Analysts with fluency in a number of languages that are not currently supported by the voice assistant, suggesting that a major expansion of Siri's availability is in the works.

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Apple's office in Cork, Ireland is hiring people fluent in Ukrainian, Hungarian, Slovak, Czech, Croatian, Greek, Flemish, Romanian, and as ThinkApple points out, Polish. Apple is also hiring people fluent in Indonesian and Vietnamese out of a Singapore office.

As described in job listings, Annotation Analysts that work for Apple listen to and transcribe snippets of ‌Siri‌ conversations to evaluate ‌Siri‌'s responses.

As an Annotation Analyst, you'll listen and transcribe audio files and evaluate Siri's response and language usage, from customers who have opted in to the grading program. You'll use your language and cultural knowledge, along with analytical skills, to evaluate responses against guidelines.

These kinds of ‌Siri‌ evaluations were previously done by third-party contracting companies but Apple brought the work in-house following a mid-2019 uproar over the way Apple used ‌Siri‌ recordings for evaluation with little notice to customers. Apple overhauled its ‌Siri‌ grading program and added options for customers to both opt out of having their ‌Siri‌ recordings used for product improvement and to delete already collected ‌Siri‌ recordings.

Apple does not support ‌Siri‌ in the languages that it is hiring for, which indicates ‌Siri‌ may be coming to new countries in the not too distant future. If ‌Siri‌ is gaining additional language support, those languages could also be added to the Translate app that was released in iOS 14.

‌Siri‌ is currently in more than 37 countries, with a list available on Apple's website. The languages that work with the Translate app are more limited and include Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

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Top Rated Comments

calstanford Avatar
48 months ago
Great! More countries that can set a timer and ask for the weather
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
groove-agent Avatar
48 months ago
I wish they would expand Siri be much smarter than it is.

Seriously, how many years and resources have they thrown into this and yet the improvements are quite marginal year to year.

Siri and maps is where Apple needs to up their game.

On an even further tangent, why do I need an internet connection to check the time, or even play music? Does anyone remember with the iPhone 3s, you could control your music by voice? This was before Siri, and you didn't need an internet connection to do it.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
stradders Avatar
48 months ago
Great, they get to feel our pain.......
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F75 Avatar
48 months ago
Siri in iOS 14 seams to have a hearing problem, I have to raise my voice for it to respond. :(
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
GuruZac Avatar
48 months ago
How is it that 9 years after releasing Siri on the iPhone 4s, Siri isn't available in most industrialized nations...and it still sucks?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mariusfanu Avatar
48 months ago
This would be soo nice ?
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