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.

ios14compactsiri
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.

Top Rated Comments

calstanford Avatar
14 months ago
Great! More countries that can set a timer and ask for the weather
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
groove-agent Avatar
14 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
14 months ago
Great, they get to feel our pain.......
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
F75 Avatar
14 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
14 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
14 months ago
This would be soo nice ?
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Related Stories

maxresdefault

iOS 14.5 Adds New Siri Voices, No Longer Defaults to Female

Wednesday March 31, 2021 10:22 am PDT by
The sixth beta of iOS 14.5 that was released this morning introduces two new Siri voices that are available in English, plus it adds a new setup selection option that will let people choose their preferred Siri voice rather than defaulting to a female voice in the United States. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. The Siri changes were outlined by TechCrunch, and the...
maxresdefault

Apple TV 4K Very Easy to Repair but Siri Remote Battery Difficult to Replace, Teardown Shows

Wednesday May 26, 2021 5:00 am PDT by
iFixit has released its teardown of the second-generation Apple TV 4K, revealing an easy to repair, modular design, alongside a laborious process to dismantle the redesigned Siri Remote. As with previous Apple TV models, the entire plastic shell of the device is transparent to IR light, allowing the Siri Remote to be used from any angle. The large fan inside the Apple TV is not connected...
siri choose music service

Apple Clarifies How Siri Music Service Settings Work in iOS 14.5

Thursday March 4, 2021 9:52 am PST by
iOS 14.5 includes a feature that lets users select a specific music service to use with Siri, with the options including third-party services like Spotify in addition to Apple Music. Several reports have referred to this as a feature that allows a user to select a default streaming music service, including our own, but Apple today told TechCrunch that the option is a bit more nuanced than a...
Siri Remote 2 49

Deals: First Discount Hits Apple's New Siri Remote, Get it for $49.97 on Verizon ($9 Off)

Thursday May 20, 2021 6:35 am PDT by
Verizon has the first discount that we've tracked on the brand new Siri Remote, priced at $49.97, down from $59.00. The Siri Remote launches tomorrow, and Verizon is offering free two-day shipping for shoppers in the United States (excluding Hawaii and Alaska). Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Verizon. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which ...
apple tv 4k siri remote

Apple TV 4K and Siri Remote Arrive Early for Lucky Customer

Wednesday May 19, 2021 2:15 pm PDT by
One lucky Reddit user received his second-generation Apple TV 4K and Siri Remote earlier than expected in Finland, and he shared some initial thoughts and opinions on the new set-top box. The new trackpad on the Siri remote "feels good" and though the buttons are clicky, they're "still solid."I'm almost always navigating with the trackpad. I just set the tracking speed to slow and it's feels ...
siri remote 2

Hands-On With the Redesigned Apple TV 4K Siri Remote

Monday May 24, 2021 12:20 pm PDT by
Apple alongside the second-generation Apple TV 4K debuted a redesigned version of the Siri Remote, which is now available to customers with new Apple TV orders and as a $60 standalone replacement for the original Siri Remote. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. We picked up the updated Siri Remote to see if it's worth picking up if you have an original Apple TV 4K or...
ios14siriinterface

Apple Training Siri to Better Understand People With Atypical Speech

Thursday February 25, 2021 1:42 pm PST by
Apple is researching how to improve Siri to better understand people who talk with a stutter, according to new details shared by The Wall Street Journal in a piece on how companies train voice assistants to handle atypical speech. Apple has built a bank of 28,000 audio clips from podcasts featuring people who stutter, which could be used to train Siri. The data that Apple has collected will...
apple accessibility features 2021

Apple Announces New Background Sounds, Apple Watch AssistiveTouch, and Eye-Tracking Accessibility Features

Wednesday May 19, 2021 10:23 am PDT by
Apple today announced the upcoming launch of several new accessibility features that are being added to its various products and services. Apple says that these options are designed for people with mobility, vision, hearing, and cognitive disabilities, and showcase Apple's belief that accessibility is a human right. "At Apple, we've long felt that the world's best technology should respond to...
apple tv 4k design

New Siri Remote Lacks Accelerometer and Gyroscope for Gaming on Apple TV

Thursday April 22, 2021 3:48 pm PDT by
The new Apple TV 4K unveiled this week ships with a redesigned Siri Remote with a physical clickpad, new power and mute buttons for a TV, and a repositioned Siri button, but there's another change that has gone less noticed. According to Digital Trends, the new Siri Remote lacks an accelerometer and gyroscope, which allowed the original Siri Remote to function as a gaming controller. Apple...
apple park drone june 2018 2

Apple Fires Newly Hired Ex-Facebook Product Manager Following Revelations of Past Misogynistic Comments

Thursday May 13, 2021 12:10 am PDT by
Apple has fired Antonio García Martínez, an ex-Facebook product manager and author of the controversial book "Chaos Monkeys," following public and internal calls for removal and investigation due to past misogynistic statements, The Verge reports. Apple hired Martínez earlier this week to join its ads team, however, comments that Martínez made in the past sparked condemnation from users...