Soon you'll be able to make WhatsApp calls and chat via Siri

With iOS 10, Apple is opening up its ever more masterful digital assistant Siri to third-party apps for the first time. It is a restricted bunch, of course, just those apps where it makes sense to use the voice-controlled butler on your iPhone, like ride-hailing, messengers, mobile payment apps and so on - all of these will be getting access to Siri's APIs, should they choose to pursue deeper integration.

Well, the world's most popular chat software, WhatsApp, has apparently chosen to do so. When breaking down the permissions that the newest WhatsApp version uses on iOS, one of these clearly indicates that Siri will be willing and able to take your calls and route them through WhatsApp. The chat program recently ripened its call offerings with voice message service, and perhaps other enhancements will be in store, too.

In any case, you will soon have the ability to say "Hey, Siri, call Taylor Swift with WhatsApp," and the poor virtual assistant will try to oblige. Besides calls, the Siri app will be able to send messages for you, or read the ones you receive out loud. Good luck with deciphering "brb l8r," Siri.

source: PhoneRadar



1. AlikMalix unregistered

With Siri opening up to third party apps - you'll be able to do anything with Siri. Only in the Apple ecosystem will the 3rd party devs take full advantage of iPhone features and FAST. nearly all my apps and games have forcetouch enabled either context menus, custom navigation control or playability, or both. FP works with many apps that need it, like password keeping apps, bank apps, files management apps, collaborating apps.... Siri integration is the next logical move.

2. samgsam15

Posts: 51; Member since: May 09, 2014

Google Now already has this feature i guess

3. AlikMalix unregistered

Which phone, which version of android? Examples maybe? So you're saying I could pick up any android device and say "ok Google call Johnny with watsap" Or is this one of those reflex things you guys do, whenever Apple ha a feature, you must blab "android had it for years" regardless if it's true, or even remotely close?

4. samgsam15

Posts: 51; Member since: May 09, 2014

Google Now allows you to send messages using whatsapp. Siri will also allow users to call. That's an addition and its a great feature. It would be better if you stop supporting Apple and start supporting the technology.

5. AlikMalix unregistered

Look I'm just tired of trolls. But just to be clear, you can say "ok Google send a text to Dan with watsapp"?and Google now should reply with "what would you like to text", and you say "hey wanna meet at the gym" and GN should reply "got it, ready to send" and you say " no, change it" and GN says "ok what would you want to send instead" you say "let's meet at the piZza place on 5th street" and GN say "ok I'll send it" and at the same time provide the location of the pizza place on 5th street to your buddy Dan.

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