Apple opening Siri to third party developers and going head to head with Google and Amazon


    Apple is in the works to give software developers what they have been begging for since Siri’s release in 2011. According to the Information, as soon as later this month at WWDC, Apple will be giving third party developers access to integrate with Siri via an official software development kit (SDK).

    This announcement is only the first step to making Siri an always on digital assistant for in the home or office. Just last month Google announced plans to release the Google Home, which is their take on the digital assistant.

    Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks during Google I/O 2016
    Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaking at Google I/O 2016 Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

    CNET says, siting sources close to apple, that Apple’s release date is slated to be later this year or early next year. What’s more interesting is the rumored tech to be included.

    What may have hindered Google and Amazon because of privacy concerns may not cause a lot of concern for Apple, as there is speculation that their new digital assistant will include a camera capable of detecting and identifying who is in the room using facial recognition. Of course, until Apple makes an official announcement, we won’t know what will make the final feature list.

    It is still too early to tell how the new Apple in home digital assistant will compare to Google Home or the already successful Amazon Echo but with Apple WWDC right around the corner we should not have to wait much longer to know more.

    SOURCEThe Information
    John Niedbala
    John Niedbala is the Editor-in-Chief and writer for Fanvive. When he's not working, you'll likely find him on the tennis court or trying a new local restaurant.