This is interesting. Information from a tipster that wants to remain anonymous has revealed that work on Bahasa Malaysia support for Siri is now underway.
The tipster claims that work on gathering speech samples in Bahasa Malaysia have been completed sometime before the second half of this year. The samples were collected in Malaysia. The tipster added that the collation of samples for languages in various other countries is going on in as well. However, what the other languages were not specified.
Our informant says that there is no indication of when BM language support will be released.
If this is indeed true then it will certainly increase Siri’s usability in Malaysia but as we’ve discovered, local language support doesn’t mean that Siri is able to offer location-based information. In addition to that, due to the conversational method in which you interact with Siri, it still remains to be seen if the speech recognition software is able to interpret the generally colloquial manner in which Malaysians speak Bahasa Malaysia.
This is critical because Siri can forget about us all speaking proper textbook Bahasa because, let’s be honest here, that’s not going to happen. Many would rather revert to English rather than speak textbook BM to a phone.
So what do you think? Will Siri in BM be useful? Don’t forget to check out our Siri review as well, and if you’ve been waiting for the iPhone 4S to come to Malaysia, keep your browser locked on to SoyaCincau.com for the latest information about the iPhone 4S launch in Malaysia. If twitter is more your thing, we’re there as well, follow us @Soya_Cincau for the freshest servings of mobile tech news, reviews and analysis in Malaysia.
Sekian Terima Kasih.
UPDATE: According to @mekyuyu, this offer is limited at 30 packages per day.
BlackBerry devices are going for cheap at PC Fair which is happening at KL Convention centre from today until 4th December 2011. If you’ve been eyeing on a BlackBerry, this is probably the best time to get it. They are throwing 50% for the 2nd unit and this isn’t for the old models.
This is applicable on the recently launched BlackBerry Bold 9790, BlackBerry Curve 9360 and BlackBerry Curve 9380. Meanwhile, the rest of the BlackBerry line up will get you exclusive BB T-Shirts and laptop bag. The BlackBerry Bold 9790 is sold outright at RM1,488 while the Curve 9360 and 9380 are priced at RM1,166.
The 50% promo is valid if you purchase any original BlackBerry accessories. Each customer is limited to 2 pairs (4 smart phones). The free items offered is available while stocks last. Head over to Booth #C02 to grab yours.
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UPDATE: DiGi commences ROI for iPhone 4S with availability date on 16 Dec. Register here.
UPDATE 2: DiGi official iPhone 4S plans and Malaysian pricing is out. More info here.
Finally DiGi too is joining the Malaysia iPhone 4S party. At the stroke of midnight, DiGi has placed a teaser for the upcoming iPhone which indicates that they are still in the race.
We’ll see who will make the first move on 16th December and hopefully they will drop more hints and details of the bundling plans as well. Keep it locked on to SoyaCincau.com for update or follow us on twitter.
UPDATE: Celcom puts up iPhone 4S teaser on their website.
UPDATE 2: Celcom to offer early pre-ordering on 9th December ahead of 16th December Malaysian iPhone 4S launch?
While we would assume that both telcos will have iPhone 4S stock at the same time come December 16, Celcom is adamant that it will be the first operator to offer the device in Malaysia as a leaked internal communique that was made available to us reveals.
We’re not sure how Celcom is going to pull this off as we would think that both telcos will be selling the iPhone 4S just as the clock strikes 12 on December 16 (Maxis did just that for the iPhone 4 launch last year). What we are sure of is Celcom definitely has the subscriber numbers to use as leverage for some special arrangement with Apple. A large subscriber base would mean Celcom can commit to more iPhone 4S than any other operator in the country. We don’t have the exact numbers but before Celcom offered the iPhone 4, Maxis was probably the operator holding the largest iPhone 4 stock in the country. Now that Celcom is on board right from the get go, it’s reasonable to consider that the big blue is committing to a very large number of iPhone 4S stock in anticipation of a larger uptake. We believe this is very likely.
But let’s not forget that pricing and plans on offer will play an even critical role in convincing customers to sign up. Previously with the iPhone 4, Maxis offered a contract extension incentive allowing subscribers to extend their existing iPhone contract up to a maximum of 30 months (months left in existing contract + contract duration for new iPhone) to qualify for subsidised pricing for a new iPhone. We’re expecting Maxis to offer the same for the iPhone 4S and this is a major pull factor for existing subscribers.
On Celcom’s side, the operator’s signature approach is to offer massive discounts for limited units of whatever device that it is launching. However, this will not work for the iPhone 4S because Apple has strict guidelines on how operators can sell its devices and a fire sale is something we don’t think Apple will allow. So that leaves Celcom with only one other option and that is to offer a more substantial subsidy for the device but contract sign ups with Celcom will typically require subscribers to pay an upfront subscription fee. This fee will be credited back into the subscriber’s account nonetheless but it would mean that you have to fork our more cash at the beginning with Celcom compared to other operators where you have to pay for the device only. So we’re again wondering how Celcom is going to make its iPhone plans enticing.
Curiously, DiGi has been very quiet about the iPhone 4S. We recall during the iPhone 4 launch the yellow fellow was actively competing with Maxis for your attention. Wonder what happened this time around?