Next month you can say “Ohaiyo” to Siri!
Japanese, Russians and Mandarin-speaking Chinese rejoice because Siri is reported to be able to speak your language by March this year. According to a Chinese tech blog DoNews, they reported that Apple engineers are currently working on the Mandarin version of Siri and it is already in testing phase now.
While Siri may be able to speak 3 new languages by next month (and hopefully 4 because it was rumored last year that the team behind Siri was working on a Bahasa Malaysia version as well expected to be released in the first half of this year) on top of the 3 existing English dialects and 2 other languages, it still doesn’t mean that Siri is closer to any of us – it still won’t be able to give you location-based requests outside of the States which makes all those “I’m sorry, I’m unable to find restaurants in Malaysia” very annoying.
No news have been released regarding whether it’ll support other languages like Taiwanese Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean and such but let’s hope the new language support indicates that Apple is working hard on Siri and bringing it closer to us and hopefully to its other devices.