siri third party app integration

What All Can You Do With Siri and Third Party iPhone Apps?

We all know that Siri was the dream child of Mr. Steve Jobs. The voice recognition assistant was the first ever model, and a great experiment of Artificial Intelligence implemented in the iPhone. Enhancing the iPhone standards it has taken the convenience concept to the extreme level.

The iOS app developers and app development companies all over the world were dreaming of grabbing this technology magic and applying it to their business apps. Due to this desire from iOS programmers and business persons around the world, Apple announced the latest Siri integration with third-party apps at WWDC 2018.

Earlier the Siri app integration was limited to certain apps category like ride booking, messaging, photo search, payments, VoIP calling, and fitness, however with iOS 12 being launched the list is ever extending. In the WWDC 2018, Apple also introduced the Siri Shortcuts; an upgrade to 2017’s Sirikit.

Cool. Now Tell Me What Is SiriKit?

Sirikit is a framework developed by Apple that lets iOS app developers integrate Siri with their app solutions. Using SiriKit, iPhone app development professionals can expand the functionalities of the personal voice assistive technology by Apple.

Sirikit enables iOS apps and apple watchOS apps to work with Siri, so users can get their work done using just their voice. Your products and services can be used in new ways, finding a new avenue to reach your target users including access from the lock screen and hands-free use.

Okay, So What Are These Siri Suggestions and Siri Shortcuts?

Siri Suggestion is a brilliant initiative from Apple. Due to its analysis behavior, you can get very personalized suggestions of actions and commands to execute instantly. For instance, if you receive an email of a meeting or seminar to attend with the date and time on it, Siri will proactively add it to your calendar.

With Siri Shortcuts you can expose the key capabilities of your apps. This enables people to use the features of apps in new ways. Siri has limited access and permissions to execute commands. This is where Siri Shortcuts come into play.

Siri can help you book an Uber but it may not help you set an alarm in one command. But Siri shortcuts can do that for you. If your app is integrated with Siri shortcuts, then you can create a key phrase that you can say to execute that specific command.

For Instance, you can create a shortcut to set an alarm with a specific ringtone at 6 AM with the phrase “wake me tomorrow”. So when you say, “Hey Siri, Wake me tomorrow”, the alarm is set for the next morning.

This is just the tip of the iceberg called Siri shortcuts. Integration with the latest WatchOS 5 has made it possible for Siri to suggest similar shortcuts to Apple watch making it more quick and accessible on the Watch Face.

Best iOS 12 Siri Shortcuts for iPhone and iPad

DND Timer

You can add custom DND timer by setting minutes and hours, so next time in a meeting your phone won’t ring or vibrate unless you want it to.

Time Machine

Set a shortcut to show you the camera rolls from a year ago or customize to go farther. Enjoy the virtual time machine ride through your photo gallery memories.

Quick Install Main Apps

When you buy a new iPhone, the biggest chore is to download all the important apps that you can’t live without. With this shortcut just enter the names of the app and the shortcuts will directly provide download links.

Video to GIF

GIFs are fun and convenient to share. Convert your gallery videos into GIFs with this easy and quick to use Siri shortcut.

Honorable Mentions

  • Recording to Evernote

  • Barcode Scanner

  • Play Spotify Tracks

  • Browse Top News

  • Twitter Lists

  • Share Location

  • Map Directions to Trending Events

  • Activity Report

  • Photo to GIF

  • Amazon Price History

Amazing! How Can I Integrate Siri With My Apps?

First of all, you need to know that, Siri is available for which key functionalities. This apple virtual assistant works on the following category of apps
  • VoIP (Voice over IP) Calling

  • Workouts

  • Restaurant Reservations

  • Lists and Notes

  • CarPlay

  • Visual Codes

  • Ride Booking

  • Messaging

  • Car Commands

  • Payments

  • Photos

The list is growing each day, so hope is up for you. Expert and dedicated iOS app developers could make any of these apps with Siri Integration or perform Siri 3rd party app integration and make an app stand distinct in the app market.

Tell Me Which Top Apps Have Already Integrated SiriKit?

Pinterest: You can ask Siri to find certain ideas: “Hey Siri, find some fashion Pins on Pinterest.”
Car Commands: Here you can ask, “Hey Siri, is my car locked?” or “Hey Siri, honk my car’s horn.“
WhatsApp: You can send messages to friends by asking Siri: “Hey Siri, send a message to Georgia saying I’ll be there in 15 minutes.”
Shy Guide: Are you an astronomy enthusiast? Then you can learn everything about the night sky by pointing your iPhone camera to the bright star and ask, “Hey Siri, what star is that?”
Citymapper: Maybe get down to the land and ask for traffic detail of your routes by saying, “Hey Siri, check my commute.”
Square Cash: You can send money to family and friends, “Hey Siri, send Georgia $20 with Square Cash.“
Trello: View your projects Kanban board by saying, “Show me my project board.”
LinkedIn: Ask Siri to message anyone in your network: “Hey Siri, send a LinkedIn message to Phil saying, ‘Great meeting today.‘”
Google News: Get the most accurate news and daily updates with google news with just a simple command, “Hey Siri, what’s the news?”

Tell Me More About Siri’s Intents and Intents UI?

Intents

Sirikit defines the types of user request also known as “intents.” For making it clear, which intents you may support in your app, the associated intents are grouped into “domains.”

In simple terms, the Intents app extension gets commands or requests from users via Siri and convert them into app actions. So when you ask for Siri to book a reservation, Intents changes that request into an app action.

The app that comes into one of the above-listed categories can depict a set of “intents” and later Siri will take care of the rest. The Intend framework can be used to create Intents app extension which will obtain user requests from Sirikit and transform them into app-specific actions.

Intents UI

Intents UI is used to display user specific, personalized content in Siri interface after the Intents mentioned above completes user request.

It is mainly used to implement app extensions for integrating your app services with Siri. This Intents UI extension can be used to manage the visual interface that Siri provides while performing the tasks for the users.

Since Siri still offers the default user interface, designing this extension is optional. You can use these types of scripts for integrating Siri with your app solutions. Apple has also released the Developers Documentation for Sirikit implementation.

What Is The Future Of SiriKit ?

Sirikit will also be enabled for Apple’s HomePod where users can access the same services using Siri.

Apple’s Siri is about to help you get a whole lot more productive using Siri Shortcuts and Siri Suggestions. When your app gets paired with the Siri Shortcuts app, you’ll be able to set up custom workflows with Siri and trigger those using key phrases.

While Siri Suggestions is a machine learning feature that monitors its user’s activities and provides suggestions accordingly in appropriate situations.

A SIRI-ous Conclusion

Though Apple has revealed the complete recipe for Siri third-party app integration, still many of the tech-savvies aren’t aware of it or utilize it for their iPhone and iPad apps. Are you one of them?

Several large apps have already upgraded with Siri integration. When will you?  Hire iPhone app developers to get your iOS apps integrated with the virtual assistant Siri.