‘Hey Siri’ will soon be reduced to ‘Siri’.
According to a Report from of Bloomberg Mark GurmanApple has been working on this feature for the past few months and hopes to make it available by next year or 2024. This means that users will simply have to say ‘Siri’ and then give the assistant a command. Work as intended.
While it may seem like a small change, Gurman writes that the switch is a “technical challenge” that will require a significant amount of AI training and underlying engineering work.
For those who don’t know, Microsoft did the same thing to its Cortana assistant in 2018 when it changed the wake words for its voice assistant from ‘Hey Cortana’ to ‘Cortana’. Plus, Amazon’s Alexa doesn’t need an extra word and wakes up just by saying Alexa. This makes Google one of the very few key players in the virtual assistant game to have an additional word input (OK Google, Hey Google) required for activation.
Finally, Gurman notes that Apple will go even further “Integrate Voice Assistant into Third-Party Apps and Services”.