Apple has bought artificial intelligence startup Volysis which “developed a platform for digital voice assistants to better understand people’s natural language” according to Bloomberg.
Volysis originally based in Dublin focused on improving the quality of virtual and digital assistants inside of shopping apps and others. They aimed to improve the quality of overall responses and accuracy with voice commands.
An Apple spokesperson indirectly confirmed the acquisition telling Bloomberg,
“Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.”Apple Statement
Mark Gurman reports that Apple could use Volysis technology to improve Siri with more natural language and the ability for Apple developers to use the SDK’s that Volysis used within their apps.
We know from earlier reports that Apple has plans to expand the use of Siri on iOS 14, the extent that this acquisition plays in that is unknown. What is for sure is that Apple is likely to use some of the developer-specific tools that Volysis offered to indie developers to the large Apple developer community.