Apple introduced iOS 15 with a lot of improvements to its Siri virtual assistant. The new features like offline support, on-device speech recognition, on-device personalization, and others make the virtual assistant from Apple quite compelling. But does the new Siri in iOS 15 come close to the industry-leading Google Assistant in Android 12?
Apple’s default Siri voice assistant has no gender. Yes, you heard it right. You can ask Siri about its gender, and it will surprise you with the answer. The default Siri voice is set to American female. However, if you are not a fan of the default selection, you can change it to male or change the accent based on your local region.
Siri plays an important role in the Apple ecosystem. Over the years, the company improved Siri functions with smart integration with the default and other third-party apps. While rivals like Google Assistant focus on the accuracy of results, Siri sounds more authentic with a human and, sometimes, a sarcastic touch. If you have recently boarded the Apple train, we recommend you get familiar with Siri and learn some of the cool Siri tips and tricks from the list below.
The Siri voice assistant from Apple is available in 11 languages across 37 countries. However, Apple’s new job listings suggest that Siri will soon support more languages and that it will be available in more countries.
Siri is a great way to get your things done without having to touch your phone. Recently, Apple’s digital assistant drew severe criticism after wrongly answering a question about terrorists.
When Apple announced iOS 14 at WWDC 2020 last month, it boasted about some notable improvements to Siri including being more aware of the on-screen content thereby making it smarter than before. Despite the improvements though, Siri is still nowhere near as good as Google Assistant. A video by In-Depth Tech Reviews has compared Siri in iOS 14 to Google Assistant in Android 11 which shows the former lagging behind in almost all areas.
The police killing of George Floyd has sparked protests across the U.S. In the recent past, many such incidents of police violence against people are surfacing. Many believe that police brutality existed for long, the only difference is that now it is being captured on the camera. A Siri shortcut will come to rescue if you are pulled over by cops. The shortcut is activated by saying “Hey Siri, I am getting pulled over.”
Apple launched Siri with the iPhone 4s in October 2011. While the original demo of Siri blew a lot of people away, the end product was not that impressive. Almost a decade later and despite some major updates from Apple, Siri continues to lag behind its competition. Among other things, Siri’s speech transcription is not as good as that of Google.
Apple stoked a controversy when it was caught allowing contractors access to Siri recordings. Now Irish regulatory authority, Data Protection Commissioner is once again investigating Apple’s Siri quality control process on the request of the former contractor.
Apple has acquired AI startup Voysis to improve Siri. The startup has developed a platform that lets virtual assistants better understand a person’s natural language and help improve interaction. The website of the startup has been taken down since the acquisition.