Apple Is Preparing Siri to Transcribe Your Voicemails
Apple’s digital assistant Siri is often seemed as being dated when compared against rivals, like Google Now and Microsoft’s Cortana. Although Apple has added a number of functionalities to Siri since it was first introduced with iOS 5 in 2011, there are still a few areas where it needs to improve.
The Cupertino is well-aware of that, and therefore it has reportedly decided to beef up Siri’s capabilities in its upcoming iOS 9. According to a new report from Business Insider, Siri will receive a major voicemail overhaul this fall with iOS 9.
The report states that the new functionality, which enables Siri to transcribe voicemails, is currently being tested by Apple. This will supposedly be part of a new service named iCloud Voicemail that taps into Siri’s already robust voice recognition services and allows users to set custom voicemail responses.
Siri right now sends voice requests to Apple’s secure servers, but the new iCloud Voicemail would instead redirect the entire voicemail content to the cloud to transcript back to you at a later time.
Siri won’t be the first digital assistant to introduce such a service though, Google Voicemail has been offering the voicemail transcriptions for years. However, there’s a lot of work to be done in the automatic transcriptions area, most likely because of accuracy problems.
Google recently took steps to improve this, and announced that it had reduced errors by 50 per cent with the implementation of a long short-term memory deep recurrent neural network.
Apple’s iCloud Voicemail, however, seems far from ready at the moment, and is alleged to launch sometime in 2016.