New Apple iOS update: Siri now understands Indian English

PTI New York | Updated on April 09, 2015 Published on April 09, 2015

The latest update for Apple’s iOS operating system from iPhones and iPads now provides Indian English support to its digital personal assistant Siri marking the country’s growing importance as a market for the firm.

The US-based tech giant released the latest update late yesterday night, which among other upgrades included improved performance, bug fixes and a redesigned emoji keyboard.

Releasing the iOS 8.3 update, the firm said: “Additional language and country support for Siri: English (India, New Zealand), Danish (Denmark), Dutch (Netherlands), Portuguese (Brazil), Russian (Russia), Swedish (Sweden), Thai (Thailand), Turkish (Turkey).”

It also provides improved performance for messages, Wi-Fi, control centre, Safari, third-party keyboards.

The update also provides Wi-Fi and Bluetooth fixes like issue related with some devices disconnecting intermittently from Wi-Fi networks, among others.

Apple is aggressively planning to grow its iPhone and iPad business in India, one of the world’s fastest growing market for smart devices, and the company is re-looking at its distribution landscape and redefining its customer segments.

According to CyberMedia Research, the iPhone maker has emerged as the largest 4G LTE device vendor in India with a market share of 45 per cent in October—December 2014.

The research firm said over a million LTE devices —— including smartphones, tablets and data cards —— were shipped to the Indian market in the fourth quarter of 2014, marking the “coming of age” of the 4G devices.

Company’s latest iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are also among the top sold premium handsets in India.

Published on April 09, 2015
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