Siri Voice Recognition will be Available in Chinese, Japanese and Russian on iOS 5.1

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A Chinese tech website claims to have heard from an Apple engineer who’s working on the Chinese-language version of Siri, the clever voice assistant on the iPhone 4S, that it will be available in Chinese (Mandarin) soon.

According to the news, Siri will have the ability to speak in Chinese next month, and is currently being tested internally. It is also rumored that Siri will also be available in Japanese and Russian. There will be hive of activities at Apple next month, as iOS 5.1 is rumored to be launched on March 9 and along with the third generation iPad.

Chinese support for Siri must be given a high priority by Apple, due to the strong growth the company is experiencing in China. The iPhone 4S launched on partner carrier China Unicom last month and China Telecom is touted to be next one.

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