10 Third-Party iPhone Apps That Apple Should Integrate With Siri

10 Third-Party iPhone Apps That Apple Should Integrate With Siri

One of the biggest missing features from Apple’s Siri technology is integration with third-party apps. Apple launched Siri on the iPhone 4S with Wolfram Alpha and Yelp integration, but other developers have been unable to fully integrate their apps with Siri to create a compelling, voice-controlled experience.

Apple hasn’t given a confirmation that it will eventually open up Siri to third-party apps, but that hasn’t kept several apps from offering workarounds for Siri integration. What about the apps that were meant for Siri? We’ve collected 10 apps that we want to see integrated with Siri in the near future.

1. Facebook

10 Third-Party iPhone Apps That Apple Should Integrate With Siri

There’s no doubt that many people would love to have Facebook integration, and it seems like a no-brainer for Apple to eventually implement Facebook’s app with Siri. The only thing that may deter any sort of Facebook tie in with Siri is Apple’s tumultuous relationship with Zuckerberg and his social network behemoth, but we can still dream.

“Update my status.” “Write on my girlfriend’s wall.” “Play FarmVille with my grandma.” Siri and Facebook would be a dream come true.

2. Twitter

10 Third-Party iPhone Apps That Apple Should Integrate With Siri

It’s odd that Twitter isn’t already working with Siri, considering Apple’s system-level integration with Twitter in iOS 5. You can tweet from many of the stock iOS apps, but you can’t tweet from Siri. What the heck, Apple?

For now, you can tweet with Siri via SMS. But it’s not the same! Apple is hopefully working on full Twitter integration with Siri right now.

3. Amazon

10 Third-Party iPhone Apps That Apple Should Integrate With Siri

“I want to buy a new computer monitor.” “I’m looking for a one terabyte external hard drive.” While you can search for items on Google with Siri, integration with Amazon’s official iOS app would be warmly welcomed.

Not only would you theoretically be able to browse a quick drop-down of related products in the Siri window, but you would be able to say something like, “Buy the $89 Shure SE215 earphones.” Amazon would process the transaction and send you an email receipt like usual. Simple and effective.

4. Pandora

10 Third-Party iPhone Apps That Apple Should Integrate With Siri

While you can play and control your music from the stock Music app with your voice, it would be nice for Apple to open up the same access to third-party music services, like Pandora. You could say something like, “Play my Coldplay station,” and Siri would automatically access Pandora and start playing the stream.

If similar services, like Spotify or Stitcher, also integrated with Siri, you could theoretically switch Music apps that integrate with Siri in the Settings app. Instead of the default Music app, you could have Siri always use the Pandora or Spotify app. We’ll see if Siri’s music controls change at all when iTunes Match finally gets off the ground.

5. Wikipedia

10 Third-Party iPhone Apps That Apple Should Integrate With Siri

Wolfram Alpha can answer a lot of questions within Siri, but there’s some things that are best answered by the trusty Wikipedia engine. You should be able to say something like, “Tell me everything there is to know about Shakespeare,” and get a Wikipedia bio optimized for the Siri window.

It would be really cool if Siri could then read you the summary of whatever Wikipedia page you look up, but maybe that’s hoping for too much.

6. Netflix

10 Third-Party iPhone Apps That Apple Should Integrate With Siri

This integration would ideally work by saying something like, “Play The Big Bang Theory,” and then having Siri respond with, “What season?” followed by “Which episode?” Then, Siri would open the Netflix app and start streaming your TV. Or you could simply say, “Play the first thing in my instant queue.”

Have you ever wondered if a movie or TV show is available for streaming in Netflix? What if you could just ask Siri? “Is Dexter available for streaming on Netflix?” (Sadly, it’s not anymore.)

7. IMDb

10 Third-Party iPhone Apps That Apple Should Integrate With Siri

“What movie did Will Smith play in with Jeff Goldblum in 1996?” “Who is the lead in the upcoming Snow White movie?” Full IMDb integration with Siri would be heavenly for any movie enthusiast.

You could also use IMDb to pull up trailers for new movies, or have Siri show you IMDb facts about your favorite actors.

8. Fandango

10 Third-Party iPhone Apps That Apple Should Integrate With Siri

Siri integration with Fandango would let you look up movie showtimes and order tickets by simply using your voice. “Find the nearest showings for Immortals tonight.” “Buy me tickets for the 7:30 sh0w.” Siri and Fandango would then handle the rest.

9. Yahoo Sports

10 Third-Party iPhone Apps That Apple Should Integrate With Siri

You can look up sports scores with Siri in the web version of Yahoo and Google’s search engine right now, but full integration with the Yahoo Sports app would be the perfect addition to Siri for sports fans out there.

Like Wolfram Alpha’s Siri window, Yahoo’s sports information for any given team could be easily displayed in Siri. You would theoretically be able to see the season highlights and scores for a team and see upcoming info on game dates, etc. Some sort of sports news integration would also be nice.

10. CNN

10 Third-Party iPhone Apps That Apple Should Integrate With Siri

“Show me the latest headlines.” “What’s the latest news in tech?” Wouldn’t it be awesome if Siri could integrate with something like CNN to offer optimized news headlines and stories?

While Siri is best at completing tasks for you, there’s still room for consumption services, like CNN. Siri could show you previews of 5-10 recent headlines, and then clicking a story could bring you into the official CNN iPhone app.

Conclusion

10 Third-Party iPhone Apps That Apple Should Integrate With Siri

Apple still has several stock iOS apps that need to be integrated with Siri, like the Camera, iTunes, and App Store app. Siri is still in beta, so we shouldn’t expect everything to work, but it’s kind of surprising that Apple didn’t do a better job of integrating even its own apps with Siri for the public launch.

Why can’t you search the App Store with your voice? Why can’t you look up a song in iTunes with Siri? Apple will hopefully continue to integrate its own apps and other third-party apps with Siri in future updates.

These 10 apps are what we’d like to see integrated with Siri, but what about you? What are the apps that you think would enhance what Siri has to offer?

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  • Ezekiel

    API for devs

  • Sean Peters

    Dude. Omnifocus. Your selections are all entertainment… some of have to work now and then. I really would like to be able to have Siri work with my Omnifocus projects.

  • alexheath

    I would say that numbers 4,6,7 and 8 fall under the entertainment category, but the rest really don’t. I do, however, agree that Omnifocus integration would be wicked sweet. :)

  • Martinbuckler

    Pandora and Netflix have very limited global saturation. Meaning US only (and Canada) so it would be a waste of resources to do this until they become as big as Siri. The same goes for some of the others, you need to think globally on this one.

    Nor am I sure that if they did integrate with a news app they would only do 1, more for political kinda issues. They now support 3 search options, google, bing and yahoo. I’d expect the same sort of choice from a news/Siri integration.

  • vanmacguy

    We all need to remember that Siri is in Beta. 

    Like touch integration started with iPhone and then eventually came to Lion, I suspect Apple has all kinds of plans for Siri integration. 

    It’s just going to take a while and we need to be patient.

  • RyanTV

    I think it would be cool to have it integrate with Shazam. You could ask “What is the song that is playing?”

  • Sirbach

    I would add support for TomTom and other GPS apps.

  • AlterThending

    Apple released their own movie trailer app so fandango would probably never happen

  • Jcdesimp

    I thought Wikipedia was already integrated with Siri, if I say “Wikipedia this” it opens the Wikipedia page for whatever I said (in place of “this”)

  • Craig

    I’d be happy if they just added back the functionality that was removed from the standalone version. OpenTable, anyone?

  • benWV

    You can ask Siri to look up something on Wikipedia and opens up to the website.

  • alexheath

    I realize that, but I was thinking more of an optimized experience — like Wolfram Alpha. 

  • socal

    A budget tracking software.

    “I spent $65 pumping gas” or “$100 at Red Lobster”

    I would love an easy way to track my spending.

  • Guest

    The Siri demo on YouTube shows Siri working with Open Table. This was a very young, mute, version of Siri but it already is a reality somewhere out there.

  • CharliK

    It isn’t Apple’s job to integrate said apps with Siri. It is the app developer’s job. When the APIs are opened up for it. which they likely will be, once Siri is actually ready for such things. Remember it is still a Beta at the moment. 

  • sancastelazo

    How about WhatsApp Messenger? It would be great if you could tell Siri to send text messages via WhatsApp!

  • MWinNYC

    Kayak, Kayak, Kayak!!!!  Wouldn’t it be great to have Siri look up flight information, and to actually book flights?  It would be awesome!

  • MWinNYC

    Kayak, Kayak, Kayak!!!!  Wouldn’t it be great to have Siri look up flight information, and to actually book flights?  It would be awesome!

  • cadsii

    how about a siri that can listen to a part of your song and match and throw lyrics in sync with it ?

  • Tempranos

    I love siri, so much easier to do calendars with it, and set alarms, reminders, excellent assistance, however I don’t see how it could be that much more functional to purchase things off amazon (has to go through a fair amount of credit card selection, confirmation, address selection, and confirmation again) when it could be done faster in the app itself, same for netflix. Movies I could see as likely though.

  • Patrick

    The previous version of Siri which was available on the iTunes App Store was integrated with kayak.

  • dreamsburnred

    Probably alot of legality issues

  • GQB

    All well and good, but the app I want integrated most is a native one… ‘Settings’.
    Turn on airplane mode.
    Turn off 3G.
    Mute
    Lock screen orientation.
    Lower brightness.

    THAT would be useful.

  • Dan Markus

    That is exactly what I was going to say. Apple will just release API for Siri and then it is up to developers how they integrate their apps with Siri.

    But it will be a while before this happens. So don’t hold your breath!

  • Steven Echtman

    HearPlanet would be another great service for Siri integration.  Just sayin’

  • Wes

    Wikipedia? Really? Everyone who’s anyone knows that Wikipedia isn’t a reliable source. Yeah it’s got tons of info, but teachers look at you like you’re a tard when you cite it as a source. While some of these integrations would be great, not all of them are needed. You’ve gotta sort out the needs from the wants. These all seem like wants except for the Facebook/Twitter implementation.

  • CJ Miller

    A lot of this sounds pretty good to me, was thinking most of the stuff listed should be integrated myself actually lol…Hopefully it will come true some day

  • HenryMcNinja

    Sorry but when did Facebook and Twitter become a ‘need’? You imply Wikipedia is a bad idea but its a lot more useful than Facebook and Twitter. Also, Wikipedia is reliable /unless/ it hasn’t been verified. Everyone who’s anyone knows that. 

  • baby_Twitty

    1. Facebook ???

    No.
    That is just plain wrong… seriously.

    The moment Siri is linked up with someone as heinous as Facebook is the day Siri is doomed.

  • McCharley Okafor

    How do you mean legality issues?

  • I1thatbet

    1 is ‘social networking,’ which for most consumers is entertainment.  Ditto 2.  5 would be work-related for teenagers writing term papers, but for most adults it’s used to solve important questions and thereby determine who wins the wager, so it’s clearly entertainment related too.  9 is only work related if you’re a bookie, but most of us watch sports as entertainment, I’ll wager.  (Doublechecks wikipedia…yup.  Your round, Alex.)  As for 10…have you watched CNN lately?  

  • MWinNYC

    Integration with Spotlight would be great as well- “Find Mr. Smith’s e-mail r.e. . . . ”  I went to a workshop at the 5th Avenue store and the instructor hinted that such internal integration with native apps will most likely be coming in the future.

  • Jordan Clay

    Check out the Mint website/App.   IT will automatically track all that for you and set up a budget and alert you when you go over.   You don’t even have to manually do it.

  • Wes

    It’s some peoples job to have a Facebook/Twitter for their company, which is why I stated that this would be a need. Social Networking jobs are becoming more in demand and thus, since it would be someone job to update their status’, it would be a need.

  • twitter-10404232

    How about a few GPS Apps like TomTom & Magellan? The saftey factor alone should have had these Apps at the top of your list. 

  • MMmmm mmmmm

    Evernote… “Siri, please write this down for me…”

  • epgomez

    one thing i would to have is for siri to open an app by saying “open maps” or whatever app or play video of adele on youtube

  • Wayne

    Now that would be useful.

  • Jasmerrin

    I’d love integration with some kind of rating service, like Netflix or Flixter, but ideally for more than movies, that could be turned into a recommendation engine. “Any good movies playing this weekend?” “I think you’ll like these:”

    Would be good for music, books, etc as well.

  • Chris Matthieu N7ICE

    I would love for SIRI to be able to surf the web using speech recognition and text to speech like http://surfbytel.com/ does with a telephone.

  • totalapp

    great list, thanks for sharing.
     I think that guys from Mac should read it and make certain decisions))

  • Nathan Gerdau

    It would be great if Siri would work with Spotify!

  • runens

    I would love to have it integrated with runens: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app

    “how’s my run?”
    “you are doing very well Marcio, keep running!”

  • Henry J. Hicks

    Shazam! I would use Siri way more if it was integrated. 
    more interaction with Mail – Reading emails
    TV Guide
    Find my iPhone
    Google Translate

  • Edwardjohn
    And once you start a business developing mobile apps, you are a businessperson in addition to a developer. You may as well be a smart one tech talks.
    Choose and know your target market

    There’s no point in developing an application for a market that won’t support it or doesn’t even exist, but many apps developers will come up with a brilliant idea first — and then assume they’ll find a market for it. 

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