When it comes to virtual assistants, depending on the phone and platform you use, you could be using any number of virtual assistants ranging from Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, and so on. But if there was a “world’s biggest” title when it comes to digital assistants, would Siri necessarily be a name that comes to mind?
So we have heard multiple stories about how the Apple Watch has been used to call for help in emergency situations. This is due to Siri being baked into the Apple Watch which allows it to be activated using voice commands. Now it looks like Siri has managed to potentially save another life.
Imagine giving a presentation, only to be halfway interrupted and potentially contradicted. How embarrassing would that be, right? Now imagine that happening live on TV where the interruption was not only unintentional, but also done in such a deadpan manner that you just can’t help but laugh.
Shopping online these days is a pretty simple process, but if you’d like to be a little more hi-tech about it, you might be interested to learn that Walmart and Apple have entered into a new partnership where Walmart customers shopping through iOS devices will be able to place their orders using Siri.
When iOS 13 was initially released, it seems that not many users were too happy with it due to the numerous bugs that were present. To Apple’s credit, the company did try to rush out new patches as quickly as possible, and if there are still bugs that have yet to be addressed in the previous update, you might want to take note of the latest release.
A couple of months ago, Apple found themselves in a bit of hot water. For a company that prides themselves on protecting and valuing the privacy of their customers, Apple was found to have shared user recordings with Siri with outside contractors. It was later revealed that Apple would be suspending the program and that they will soon be giving users the option to better control Siri’s privacy settings.
If you use Spotify as your primary music service on your iPhone or iPad, then you might be interested in checking out the latest update to the app. This is because in the latest update to Spotify, the company has finally added support for Siri, which means that you’ll be able to use your voice to control the app and playback.
Considering Apple’s walled garden approach with iOS, it’s not surprising that it took the company this long to open Siri up to third-party apps and developers, but even then it’s still not quite as open compared to Alexa or Google Assistant. However, in a report from Bloomberg, it seems that Apple will soon allow users a bit more freedom and choice when it comes to Siri’s apps.
With the HomePod, Apple has dipped their toes into the smart speaker waters. However, judging from the reports we’ve seen, it has barely made a dent in the market which is still largely dominated by the likes of Amazon and Google, who have launched smart speakers that are decidedly more feature-rich.
For a company that prides itself in protecting its users’ privacy, we imagine that Apple must have been mortified when a report surfaced that revealed that Apple had sent Siri recordings to outside contractors for analyzing. Following the report, Apple suspended the program and last we heard, they terminated the contractors that worked for them.
In July, a report from the Guardian revealed that Apple was sending Siri recordings to outside contractors. The company initially defending their decision, claiming that the analysis of the recordings were done to improve Siri, which we get, but the fact that they did not tell anyone kind of made it feel a bit shady.
Apple’s rollout of the HomePod has been a bit slow, where unlike its iPhones and iPads and Mac computers, the availability of the HomePod is still very much limited to a handful of countries. However, the company has been slowly expanding its availability and come 23rd of August, it seems that the HomePod will finally be making its way to Japan.
If there is a reason why digital assistants such as Alexa and Google Assistant have a much bigger reach compared to Siri, it is because of companies like Amazon and Google who opened up their digital assistants to third-party developers pretty early on. Apple is slowly doing the same, and according to a report, Apple and Spotify are apparently in talks for deeper Siri integration.
A couple of weeks ago, a report from the Guardian revealed that a small percentage of Siri’s conversations were sent to outside contractors to analyze for improvement and quality control. The problem with this program is that it also sent in recordings users made while accidentally triggering Siri, meaning that these are not queries that users wanted to make in the first place.