With smart assistants in nearly every device we use, more people are using their voice to control their devices. But the wake up words always make you scream the same phrase over to your devices over and over again. Apple is improving this with plans to shorten the alert word to activate Siri.
According to a report by Apple analyst Mark Gurman in his newsletter, Apple has been working on changing the Siri alert word over the past few months. It states that the new alert word will delete the word “hello,” so users can activate the assistant just by saying “Siri.” The idea is to make it faster to bark commands into the smart assistant, while creating a more human-like interaction.
Gorman explains that the change is unlikely to happen for some time. For now, the best estimate is that it comes out next year or 2024, but that could change. Changing the alert word could mean a big change to Siri’s basics, so there’s a lot to work on. To keep things running smoothly, Apple was collecting a lot of training data during testing.
With the change to the word alert, things might get a little confusing for poor Siri. Occasional triggers may be more common, with the name mentioned in scrolling frequently. There are also more words that sound like “Siri” than phrases that sound like “Hey Siri.” Imagine you’re in a conversation calling out something silly, and suddenly your best friend Siri is out! That would be far from ideal. Having said that, Amazon only uses “Alexa” as a wake-up call to its assistant, so we know it works. With Siri in your pocket, it can be even more difficult for Apple to implement.
Siri improvements are always to be expected, as the assistant isn’t always at hand. Switching to Siri’s name only for the wake-up word would make the experience more natural, unless you say “hello” before talking to everyone. Pack improvements to Siri’s capabilities, and you’ve got a major update on the way. We are definitely looking for it!