The days of saying “Hey Siri” to activate Apple’s famous voice assistant are over. According to information released by the Bloombergfor a few months the apple company has been working to simplify the command of the device, which will now work only with the word “Siri”.
Scheduled to take effect next year or 2024, the change may seem simple, but it requires a lot of artificial intelligence and engineering training from the company.
After all, the shorter the wake-up phrase, the greater the difficulty for the virtual assistant to decode it, given that Siri works with different types of accents and dialects and needs to recognize the command in any of them.
Thus, to achieve the desired result, Apple has been testing the “Siri” activation with the company’s own employees, in order to train the virtual assistant and collect all the data necessary for the change.
In addition to this innovation, another novelty announced by journalist Mark Gurman is that Apple has been working on the device with the aim of generally expanding its command processing capacity.
This means that the company has been looking at Siri to make it more and more understandable, so that it integrates more easily with third-party applications and services and understands more quickly and clearly the requests of its users.
Apple follows in the footsteps of Amazon and Microsoft
Siri’s voice command simplification is in line with what other companies with similar products have done.
From Cortana, Microsoft’s personal productivity assistant (disabled on Android and iOS devices in March of last year) to Alexa, Amazon’s popular virtual assistant, it is already common for only the device name to be used as a device activation command.
Even in the face of the difficulties of reducing this type of activation to just one word, companies have managed to develop their AI so that their devices can do this type of recognition.
So while it wasn’t alone in the market, with Google still using the “Hey Google” command for its virtual assistant, Apple’s move now puts its device on par with those other industry giants.
With information: Bloomberg