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Man Behind Apple’s UK Version of Siri Speaks

The man behind the voice of the British version of Apple's Siri virtual assistant that comes with the iPhone 4S has finally broken his silence.

According to The Telegraph (opens in new tab), Jon Briggs, a technology journalist who moved on to do voice overs, is the voice behind Daniel, the British version of Siri that comes with the iPhone 4S.

Siri allows people to give voice commands asking about the weather, places to eat nearby, call someone or even send a text message by speaking into the phone.

Briggs had given his voice to a virtual assistance when he was contracted by a company called ScanSoft which was later merged with Nuance. Apple acquired Nuance to use its technology to create Siri.

Apple tried to prevent Briggs from revealing what he has done, but he claimed that he had no contract with Apple.

I did a set of recordings with ScanSoft five or six years ago, for text-to-speech services," says Briggs, describing Siri as a ‘game changer'.

"Five thousand sentences over three weeks, spoken in a very particular way and only reading flat and even. Then they go away and take all the phonics apart, because I have to be able to read anything you want, even if I've never actually recorded all those words", he informed.

Ravi Mandalia

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