US tech giant Apple is looking to change Siri’s trigger phrase from “Hey Siri” to “Siri,” according to a new report.
According to The Verge, which was shared by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the change means users only need to say “Siri” and then issue a command to activate the assistant.
Gurman noted that Apple has been working on the feature for the past few months and is expected to launch it next year or 2024.
However, for the feature to work effectively, Apple needs to put in “a lot of AI training and basic engineering work,” as the assistant needs to master a single wake word in multiple accents and dialects.
The current two-word trigger phrase “Hey Siri” increases the chances of Siri picking it up.
The Verge reports that switching to a single wake phrase could help Siri compete with Amazon’s Alexa, which already allows users to use “Alexa” instead of “Hey Alexa” to activate the smart assistant.
It also puts Siri ahead of Google Assistant, which requires “Ok Google” or “Hey Google” to activate, although users don’t have to repeat the wake word when saying back-to-back requests.
Even Microsoft had turned “Hey Cortana” on smart speakers to “Cortana” before shutting down its voice assistant last year.
The shorter trigger phrase isn’t the only change Siri expects. Apple may also integrate Siri into third-party apps and services and improve its ability to understand and process user requests, according to Gurman.
According to The Verge, Apple recently made some small tweaks to the voice assistant, adding new voices recorded by members of the LGBTQ+ community and introducing new Siri-activated voices.
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