Voicemail-to-text, spam calls detection, new API for third-party VoIP apps coming to iOS 10

Voicemail-to-text, spam calls detection, new API for third-party VoIP apps coming to iOS 10
Voicemail transcriptions and spam calls detection are coming to iOS 10, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering Craig Federighi announced at WWDC 16 yesterday.

The voice-to-text feature aims to convert voicemail to short texts, which can then be displayed as regular notifications. It's nothing major, but it might at least provide a less annoying and quicker way of going over voicemail messages.

Spam detection is mainly aimed at the Chinese market, where targeted spam calls are abundant, Federighi said. The new system supports an extension API which allows for third parties, such as telecommunication companies, to provide automatic information about possible incoming spam calls.

Meanwhile, a new VoIP API will allow for third-party messaging apps to be integrated within the Phone app and display calls on the iOS 10 lockscreen. The calls will be displayed in full screen mode and you'll be able to answer them just as you would a normal call, without the need to unlock the device.

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4 Comments

1. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Got to wonder, how people will accept this, with all privacy concerns, Apple needs to listen to and read a voice mail to turn it into text. Yet other similar offers have been met with strong resistance and privacy concerns.....

2. jove39

Posts: 2146; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Finally proper voip integration.

3. AlikMalix unregistered

It's always been there, just a few changes to the UI mostly.

4. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Nice, no more need to unlock your phone just to answer that WhatsApp/BBM/Skype call, extensions like TrueCaller can now be integrated with the phone, and now carrier-controlled Visual Voice Mail comes with speech to text, way to catch up apple. Just don't go suing anyone again like a scumbag for what you copied...

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