19 February 2020

Siri is getting smarter

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After years of largely limiting Siri's default capabilities to its own apps, Apple appears to finally be loosening things up and letting third-party messaging apps in on the fun. The iPhone-maker is reportedly prepping a software update for later this year that will allow apps such as WhatsApp and Skype to work better with its digital assistant. reports citing CNET that under the new update you will be able to ask Siri to make a call and the system, recognizing you usually call this contact over WhatsApp or Skype, will use one of those apps as opposed to defaulting to Apple's own Phone and FaceTime apps.

You can currently have Siri complete a task in some third-party apps, like asking for directions to be opened in Google Maps or send a message over WhatsApp. Spotify also recently updated its mobile app for iOS 13, letting you use Siri to play songs or playlists. But these features are still limited. You need to explicitly tell Siri to do so in that particular app as opposed to just saying "get directions" or "send a message." Not mentioning a specific app will have Siri default to using Apple's own versions of those applications.

2019.10.08 / 18:12
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