On iOS 12, Siri should be able to interact with third-party streaming media apps

On iOS 12, Siri should be able to interact with third-party streaming media apps
With Google Assistant and Alexa considered the top two virtual personal assistants, Apple knows that it needs to open up Siri if it wants to catch up. So in iOS 12, Apple will allow Siri to interact with streaming media apps thanks to Siri Shortcut. Introduced earlier this week at WWDC, the latter allows users to set up a series of events that would take effect under certain conditions. For example, users can set up a "Heading Home" shortcut that would alert Siri on your drive home to set the thermostat in your house to a certain temperature, turn on certain lights, check out Maps for the best route home, send texts and stream a certain radio station on the phone (see image at the top of this article).

The new feature could allow an iPhone or HomePod user with a Spotify account to request songs from a particular artist or playlist when certain actions take place. Ideally, the third-party app would open automatically once the chain of actions was set off, even with your iPhone in a pocket. Once a song starts playing, users would be able to call on Siri to control playback including skips and volume. HomePod users would have to build the shortcut on their iPhone first, before requesting songs by artist, or a playlist.

The whole process is a lot more complex than the way Siri works on Apple Music. With the streaming music app, Siri can control just about every possible action a subscriber could request through a simple voice command.

source: TechCrunch

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3 Comments

1. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2366; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

If this means for sure HomePod can now stream Spotify then that’s welcoming news, albeit very late. Apple needs to make sure that potential buyers know about it.

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You still need your iPhone or iPad on, because they are sending the playlists or songs from Spotify on your device to the Homepod. The Homepod is not running Spotify, tunein, Play music, or any other music or streaming service. So how would the homepod login into any of these services?

2. cmdacos

Posts: 4208; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Heavy workaround for something that other systems do naturally but whatever, I'm not buying into Apple's convoluted homepod ecosystem anyway.

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