Sunday, 17 December, 2017

Apple set to expand Siri, taking different route from Amazon's Alexa

Bessie Robbins | 05 June, 2017, 03:24

The latter feature will let you assign a specific name to a timer, which should come in handy when you're cooking.

If you don't think having an advanced timer is a boon to your existence, try cooking for date night while handling laundry. Hands-down, the most common request I make to my Echo is to set a timer.

While implementing reminders for Google Home will be great even if similar to Amazon's simple method, Google definitely has the ability to one-up this feature by allowing the same reminder to push through smartphones, tablets, and the Chrome browser just like current reminders via Google Assistant can. That, along with most of the other emerging features, have been added with firmware updates, and have become standard with new smart speaker models. It's also possible for users to check the remaining time on a named timer if they've forgotten how much time is left, which might be useful for freeing you up to go do something else, and if you simply need to cancel the named timer altogether, it's possible for Alexa to do that too. Google confirmed at I/O earlier this month that reminders are coming, but the company gave no time frame for that. Both reminders and timers are supported by the update. Alexa's skills are free, and developers are not paid. In the same way as the past initiatives, Apple is predicted to take a go-slow with procedures of alleged enhancements Siri is meant to undergo.

Apart from concentrating on audio quality, Apple will likewise need to discover approaches to use its own particular platforms of administrations to persuade potential purchasers that its product is ideal for them.

Special discounts like the ones Amazon has available right now on the Echo and Echo Dot are believed to help drive tremendous sales.

And the bigger Alexa gets, the bigger the opportunity to monetize it grows. Indeed, it joins the recent addition of iCloud Calendar compatibility in helping make Alexa a schedule-managing PA.

However the integration with these connected bulbs has (until now) been fairly rudimentary.

The Smart Home Skill API changes all that. While there were no points of interest on how this room-adjusting highlight functions, it sounds like one as of now on Sonos speakers, dubbed as TruePlay, which utilizes the amplifier in an iOS gadget to gauge a room.

Unfortunately, it's only available to United Kingdom users for now - with support Germany planned for a later date.

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