Siri has been in the hot seat for a little while now, thanks to other companies out there seemingly outpacing Apple in the digital personal assistant front.
At the Consumer Electronics Show this year, which is in full swing in Las Vegas, Nevada, there were a lot of different gadgets, devices, and technologies to show off. In typical fashion, there are a ton of different companies vying for videos and typed words about their products, some new, and some not so new at all. It’s a busy several days!
Using a digital personal assistant, like Siri, in specific situations is one of the major draws of the feature in general, and for health emergencies Apple’s option has seen key improvements.
In Barcelona, Spain, an invitation-only event hosted a variety of different professionals working in artificial intelligence.
Back in July, Universal Pictures released The Secret Life of Pets, an animated adventure about what pets do when their human companions aren’t home.
While Siri still isn’t quite up to the mark when it comes to having back and forth conversations and asking obscure, complex questions, it’s gotten pretty good at some key things. Things that a lot of iPhone users use Siri for, like calling someone, sending someone an iMessage, time zone or currency conversion and the like. Siri is so good at these things that I usually skip the UI and ask Siri to do those things for me even when my fingers are right there on the screen (Hey Siri command really helps there). But there’s one more thing you can add to that list – device commands.
PayPal has been updated to play nicely with Siri, allowing users to send and receive money using only their voice. The feature is available in 30 countries, including the U.S., and uses simple commands like, “Hey Siri, send Tom $20 using PayPal.”
When it comes to Artificial Intelligence, Apple has its foot in the door, but other companies have blown that door wide open and taken over the room.
For whatever reason, Apple seems to greatly prefer Siri on iOS over Siri for the Mac. The virtual assistant debuted all the way back in 2011 alongside the iPhone 4s and just this year it finally moved to the Mac with macOS Sierra. But Apple still left one feature of Siri behind: “Hey Siri” activation.