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Siri getting new voices, languages, commands, and Bing

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Siri getting new voices, languages, commands, and Bing
There are a ton of updates to iOS in version 7, and we've been scrambling to cover them all for you. Apple has shown off a bit what you should expect to see with Siri in iOS 7. The updates are a lot of what you might have been hoping for with Siri, including new voices, languages, commands, and maybe one thing you didn't necessarily want: search results by Bing.

The new voices for Siri sounded really nice in the limited demo we heard during the keynote. Users now have the choice to have either a female or male voice, as well as new voices for various languages. A French language voice was shown in the demo with more languages promised. Although it wasn't shown in the demo, we assume the new voices will have more personality. 

The look of Siri has been overhauled to have the new simplified and transparent look of iOS 7. And, there are a number of new commands, including options for changing system settings. 

Of course, Siri is also a search tool, and the results will now pull from both Wikipedia and Twitter, so you can ask for status updates from people you follow. The one big change that could annoy some is that web search results are now being brought to you by Bing, not Google. Apple has been working hard to remove Google from the equation, and the switch to Bing will go a long way with that. We just wonder where Apple will turn if/when Windows Phone becomes a major threat to iOS market share. 


source: Apple

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posted on 10 Jun 2013, 14:11 1

1. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 867; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


So Apple's idea of making Siri better is using BING.. They should have just gone with altavista or AOL search

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 14:12

2. zaryab_hussain77 (Posts: 102; Member since: 30 Jun 2011)


GoogleNow+

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 14:17

3. Carlitos (Posts: 351; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Bing? Why not Google?

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 14:23 8

5. Zero0 (Posts: 583; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Because Apple hates Google and is willing to do anything, even sacrifice the quality of their OS, to damage Google.

It worked with Apple Maps, which is far and away the greatest thing mankind has ever built, so I'm sure the switch to Bing will go just swimmingly.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 14:29

6. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 867; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


It makes no sense because every time they do that they shoot themselves in the foot just like the apple maps fiasco.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 14:37 1

8. Carlitos (Posts: 351; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


It seems so. Clearly Google is so much better than Bing. Its dum they are willing to sacrifice quality to the consumer just because they hate Google. This is why I could never get an iPhone. And so many people that have Iphones are so arrogant when I tell them about phones that are clearly better. Sgs4 or HTC One. Even the SGS3! They just simply say no. I ask why and they just said no. Sooooo...

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 14:39 6

9. Zero0 (Posts: 583; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Bing actually might not be that bad (the commercials say so!), but I definitely prefer Google.

A better option would have been: set Bing as default and leave Google as an option. And for Maps, a better option would be: deal with it, Apple; you can't beat Google at mapping, so let them do it for you.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 15:52 2

12. snowgator (Posts: 3294; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


For anyone who just slams it: search results from Bing are accurate and complete. It is a very good-to-great search engine. For Siri searches, I will wager not a soul will notice the difference.

There are 2 areas where Google still paddles Bing every time: Mapping results is currently one- Google maps are still second to no one and Google results show it. The other is a search of a question- a "how do I....." or a "how come this is...." type search. Google still provides much better answers to a search phrased as a query.

Images, basic searches, businesses, web sites..... Bing is fine with those.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 17:11

17. Diazene (Posts: 129; Member since: 01 May 2013)


HERE maps are better, at least in my area

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 16:39

15. Kreft (Posts: 84; Member since: 27 Dec 2012)


You guys are retarded. Google is overrated. Try the bingiton challenge.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 19:36

21. sprockkets (Posts: 1362; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


I did. Bout the only thing different in the results was the font used.

posted on 26 Jun 2013, 00:34

26. ddeese (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Jun 2013)


I took the "Bing It On" challenge. Google won!

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 17:42

19. mottykels (Posts: 372; Member since: 15 May 2013)


Because they copying wp8 lols

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 14:18 1

4. Whateverman (Posts: 3233; Member since: 17 May 2009)


This will eith be a big blow to Google, or be a huge flop. Hopefully, there is a way to select your preferred search engine, because bing just isn't everyone's cup of tea.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 14:33 4

7. Penny (Posts: 1265; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


I think Google generally offers better results, but I do like Bing for its presentation. Some cool visuals and value-adding functionality. Just two different approaches.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 14:52

10. ranatju (Posts: 8; Member since: 08 Jun 2013)


Can I ask her ''What is the Phone that you are talking in?'' Looks cool..:)

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 15:01 2

11. PhoneCritic (Posts: 375; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


not sure this is a good move. Yes, upgrading Siri - wonderful! getting rid of Google search - could be costly. At least give a choice to the user to have Google as another search engine. This type of arrogance on the Apple upper management part is a reason why they run into so much trouble. ( Map Fiasco)

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 15:56 1

14. snowgator (Posts: 3294; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Okay.... You do know you said "hive consumers a choice" in an Apple post, right?

There is a choice- enjoy Apples ecosystem and support, both of which are excellent, but on their terms. It is the company philosophy. And it works. But giving users a choice on a built in tool like Siri is just not gonna happen.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 15:52

13. Topcat488 (Posts: 1173; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


Hahahaha... They didn't even ask Siri any questions at the WWDC Live... I'm thinking, that Tim Cook really don't trust Siri in public. :/

Hey Siri what's this or that? Siri: Wait....,.......,..... I can check the internet, if you like?

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 17:04 1

16. papss (unregistered)


I love bing and am happy to not use a big bowl of big brother

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 17:13 1

18. Diazene (Posts: 129; Member since: 01 May 2013)


bing isn't bad, though not that good, but that would definitely increase bing searches, thus making it more popular, and results should be better then

we really need a competitor

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 19:06 1

20. T00muchF00D (Posts: 98; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)


Finally they realize how much better Bing is!!! I have been using Bing for 3 years and love it. I never had a problem with it. I love the home page having everything nice and cleaned up and easy to use too. You google fanatics just do not want to use anything but that. You haven't used bing for more than a week but you hate it? MmmmHmmm im not buying that you "tried" it. I guarantee if Google copied everything Bing did you would love it only because its called google and because you never used bing before.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 19:37

22. sprockkets (Posts: 1362; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Nice email address there, mr zunehd360@hotmail.com. What's your xbox live username, iluvsteveballmer?

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 20:28

23. joey18 (Posts: 548; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)


stop complain if you dont like buy android

posted on 11 Jun 2013, 07:36

24. iguano (Posts: 101; Member since: 10 May 2012)


Yesterday was a win for Microsoft!, apple using Bing and ios7 using the design language of WP!!!

posted on 13 Jun 2013, 10:54

25. pleebo (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Jun 2013)


what type phone is that in the photos? it certainly is not like my iphone 5

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