Siri, the iPhone 4S’s voice command software, is designed to allow you to access all the functionality of your new iPhone with spoken commands, questions, and requests. It’s more of an android than the Android. Unfortunately, it’s also maybe a little bit too sheltered to understand your accent.
As Hispanically Speaking reports. actress Sandra Ortiz and her American husband made a video – embedded below – that demonstrates the trouble Latinos and others – even the Scottish – have had communicating with their phones. Apple’s official response?
The more you use Siri, the better it will understand you. It does this by learning about your accent and other characteristics of your voice. Siri uses voice recognition algorithms to categorize your voice into one of the dialects or accents it understands. As more people use Siri and it’s exposed to more variations of a language, its overall recognition of dialects and accents will continue to improve, and Siri will work even better.
Sounds reasonable enough to us, but we’re still wondering why Siri looks at us funny and asks to see our papers…