What Siri can do for you

DATE: 12 October 2017

What Siri can do for you

Following on from their guest blog from April, the team from Yooralla’s ComTEC have written a summary of what different Voice-Activated Personal Assistant (PA) apps on your phone can do for you.

Following on from their guest blog from April, the team from Yooralla’s ComTEC have written a summary of what different Voice-Activated Personal Assistant (PA) apps on your phone can do for you.

iPhone’s Siri, Android’s Google Assistant, Cortana on Windows 8 and 10 smartphones and S-Voice on Samsung devices can perform a wide range of tasks and functions for you.  

These PA apps can:

  • make phone calls
  • send and read text messages
  • find, read, and send emails
  • set reminders and alarms
  • create an event in your calendar
  • open / launch apps
  • search the Internet
  • play music
  • perform calculations
  • book Uber rides, and  
  • order food online.

This blog will explore Siri’s functionalities – look out for a Android and Windows PA blog soon. 

Apple iOS

Hey Siri is Apple’s virtual assistant which can send texts, search Twitter, and open up your front-facing camera.  

Ways to activate Siri:

  • Press and hold the home button to activate Siri and issue a command or ask a question.
  • If you're using Apple's Earpods, press and hold the centre button to activate Siri and issue a command or ask a question.
  • If you're using Apple's AirPods (special wireless Apple earphones), double-tap on either pod to activate Siri and issue a command or ask a question.
  • If you have Hey Siri enabled, you can simply say "Hey, Siri" when your iPhone is plugged in and charging, followed by a command or question. If your phone is iOS 7 or later, this will work without needing to have your phone plugged in.
  • On a Mac computer, you can create a dedicated keyboard shortcut to bring up Siri or click on the Siri icon in the menu bar to issue a command or ask a question.    

New with iOS 10

Beginning with iOS 10, developers have been able to integrate their apps into Siri. This means you can use voice commands to do things such as send WhatsApp messages or request an Uber ride.  

You can view and customise which apps are granted access to Siri on your device under Settings > Siri > App Support.

Some Siri commands that work with third party apps:

  • "Send a message using [app name]" e.g. WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Skype, WeChat etc
  • “Call me an Uber.”
  • "Show me photos in [app name].”
  • "Show me pins/creations in [app name].”

New with Siri in iOS 11

  • Siri is able to learn your music tastes and instantly bring up content you’ll like when you ask Siri to play some music. 
  • Siri is also able to answer music-related trivia in iOS 11, like "Who is the drummer in this song?"
  • A new accessibility option available via settings is the new “Type to Siri” feature that allows you to type your questions to Siri rather than speak them aloud.

Yooralla's Communication & Assistive Technology team can support you to use the latest technology to communicate, move and enjoy life, further empowering you to live the life you choose. Find out more about Yooralla's Communication & Assistive Technology service.

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