It made its public debut on Thursday, when SingTel Singapore chief executive Allen Lew gave it an instruction in a decidedly local accent as he launched the iPhone 4S in the city-state.
“We have a voice application capability in DeF!ND that is unique because it understands the local language… which the voice recognition engine within an international device like Apple doesn’t quite have,” Lew said after the launch.
At first when I heard this piece of news about Singtel’s releases a Siri replacement called Def!nd. First thought, this must be a joke. But think again, this sounds reasonable because I bet like most Singaporean and Malaysian, iOS Siri can’t understand our Asian accent, specifically our “Singlish”. Even the long exist iOS Voice Control function, I barely use it, because it fails badly to pick up my Chinese accent.
At the moment, Def!nd is free on Android and will arrive to Apple’s app store soon. But I think it would be great if the app called “Simi Daiji” (“What the heck” in Hokkien).