Introduction to SiriKit

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last updated: 2016-10

This article shows how to use SiriKit in a Xamarin.iOS app to provide services that are accessible to the user using Siri on an iOS device.

Overview

New to iOS 10, SiriKit allows an iOS app to provide services that are accessible to the user using Siri and the Maps app on an iOS device using App Extensions and the new Intents and Intents UI frameworks.

Siri works with the concept of Domains, groups of know actions for related tasks. Each interaction that an app has with Siri must fall into one of its known service Domains as follows:

  • Audio or video calling.
  • Booking a ride.
  • Managing workouts.
  • Messaging.
  • Searching photos.
  • Sending or receiving payments.

When the user makes a request of Siri involving one of an App Extension's services, SiriKit sends the extension an Intent object that describes the user's request along with any supporting data. The App Extension then generates the appropriate Response object for the given Intent, detailing how the extension can handle the request.

Understanding SiriKit Concepts

This article covers the key concepts that will be required for working with SiriKit in a Xamarin.iOS app. It covers the new Intents and Intents UI Extension Points and how they work with App and User Vocabulary to open an app to Siri.

Implementing SiriKit

This article covers the steps required to implement SiriKit support in a Xamarin.iOS apps. The developer should read the Understanding SiriKit Concepts guide above before attempting to add SiriKit support to an app, as key concepts are covered that will be required for successful implementation.

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