Siri third party app integration
Siri, a 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 iOS app development companies all over the world were dreaming to grab this technology magic and apply it to their own apps. Due to this desire and concern from different iOS app developers, at WWDC 2017 Apple finally announced the Siri integration with third party apps, but the integration was limited to certain apps category like ride booking, messaging, photo search, payments, VoIP calling, and fitness, further in iOS 11 the list was extended. In the WWDC 2017, Apple also introduced the SiriKit.

What Exactly SiriKit is?

Sirikit is a framework developed by Apple that lets iOS app developers to 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 is applicable to iOS 11 apps and newer iOS versions.

After getting the formula for this technology magic, you must explore.

Sirikit enables iOS mobile and watch 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. Sirikit will also be enabled for Apple’s HomePod where users can demand same services from Siri.

Apple’s Siri is about to help you get a whole lot more productive using Siri Shortcuts and Siri Suggestions. Any app can integrate with Siri through predefined key phrases using Siri Shortcuts. 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.

How Can You Perform Siri App Integration?

First of all, you need to know that, Siri still unable to manage everything for you. This apple virtual assistant works only on the following category of the apps:
  • VoIP (Voice over IP) Calling

  • Lists and Notes

  • Ride Booking

  • Payments

  • Workouts

  • CarPlay

  • Messaging

  • Photos

  • Restaurant Reservations

  • Visual Codes

  • Car Commands

Here you may be little disappointed. But still the list is not that short, so hope is up for you. Expert and dedicated iOS app developers could make any of these apps with Siri Integration or perform Siri third party app integration and make an app stand distinct in the app market.

The Best Examples Of These Kinds Of Apps That Have Integrated Siri Are:

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.”
Square Cash: You can send money to family and friends, “Hey Siri, send Georgia $20 with Square Cash.
LinkedIn: Ask Siri to message anyone in your network: “Hey Siri, send a LinkedIn message to Phil saying, ‘Great meeting today.‘”

The second notable thing is Sirikit basically includes two frameworks; the 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”. 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 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.

Conclusion

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

Several big apps like Pinterest and What’sApp has already upgraded with Siri integration. When will you?  Hire iPhone app developers to get your iOS apps integrated with the virtual assistant Siri.

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