Who Says Siri Can’t Handle Accents? It Tackles Indian Accents Just Fine [Video]

Since its release on the iPhone 4S last month, Siri has received some criticism for not coping well with a number of strong accents. But while the high price of the fifth-generation device may be seen as a major downfall to Indian users, they will be pleased to know that Siri will work just fine with their accent.

The iPhone 4S launched in six major cities in India this week, but its success over there has been disrupted by the device’s painfully steep price tag. Those who have adopted the device, however, will be surprised to find that Siri handles the Indian accent incredibly well, even though it is currently unsupported.

As you can see in the video above, Apple’s new intelligent assistant — when set to English “(United States)” — is able to perform almost all of the requests thrown at it, including checking the weather in number of cities, setting reminders, performing internet searches, and more.

However, The Next Web does point out one caveat:

There is a caveat, however. The video is shot by a person from norther India, whose accent is only one of the dozens that characterise people from different parts of the country. The south Indian accent, which is more recognisable as the Indian accent in many parts of the world, is noticeably different and much thicker than what you hear in the video, so there’s a good chance Siri may not work as well for you if you hail from Tamil Nadu.

Despite this, Siri still does better with the northern Indian accent than it does with a Scottish accent, where the service is supposedly supported. And considering this is still the first beta release, that’s rather impressive.

If you’ve tried Siri out with a south Indian accent, be sure to leave your feedback in the comments.

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  • itkito

    haha, good job

  • Al

    I hope Apple changes the “English (United Kingdom)” to what it really is, “English (England)”. Otherwise the Welsh, Scots, and Ulstermen are just being ignored yet AGAIN.

    It reminds me of when George W Bush met the Welsh singer Charlotte Church, and when she said she was from Wales, he asked her “What state is that in?”. Classic.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v

  • Seth Chapman

    <bigot>

    Awesome.
    Maybe the next time I call tech support, I can use Siri to translate
    what the heck it is the outsourced reps are trying to say. 

    </bigot>

  • Mr Happy Socks

    I can tell you from first hand experience that Siri and Scottish accents do not get along.

  • John Mozelewski

    he actually spoke  English its not like he was one of those Indians that you talk to on the phone

  • CRodBlogs

    That is hardly an Indian accent. I’ve heard a lot worse.

  • Rahul Nikose

    guys did you realized when he asked question for Bombay weather, siri replied as Mumbai weather  …. quite intelligent  

  • Satpal Sharma

    My Conversation with Siri. It performs amazingly well on Indian accent. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v

  • Divyansh Srivastava

    i m an Indian too,and there is a big difference between a literate and illiterate Indian, talk to students of reputed colleges or even just good schools or colleges in India,you’ll know the difference in pronounciation or even a written text.So u cant say that its not indian.Most of the english is a major part of British english.

  • Divyansh Srivastava

    Is Indian english a form of chinese accent??(because like what you said it seems so,that it’s not english but an alien language) I am an Indian and i speak like that too, at least all of my literate friends do speak like that, and nobody can help with those illiterate and south Indian english accents.

  • John Mozelewski

    lol i like the reply but man this post is from a month ago u must of been behind on ur reading

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