Siri – the voice recognition “artificial intelligence” app that is perhaps the defining feature of the newly launched Apple iPhone 4S – was launched as a “beta”, and for those iPhone 4S users outside of the US, its becoming clear why. Siri does not come with the complete functionality that it has in the US, despite the fact the iPhone 4S was launched in a total of seven countries on Friday.
Only iPhone 4S users in the US have access to Siri’s maps and business integration. International users are promised more functionality in 2012.
When users attempt to search for Maps data in the UK, Siri responds with: “I can only look for businesses, maps and traffic in the United States, and when you’re using U.S. English. Sorry about that.”
Remaining features, including Phone, Music, Calendar, Contacts, Weather, and Web search are available to international users, though Wolfram|Alpha integration is available in English only.
Siri remains in “beta” at launch, and it understands English from the US, UK and Australia, as well as French and German. Apple has promised that Siri will support additional languages in 2012, including Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Italian and Spanish.