Lagging but still moving: Siri might finally get one of the Google Assistant's most impressive features

Lagging but still moving: Siri might finally get one of the Google Assistant's most impressive features
When it comes to smart assistants, the Google Assistant is definitely leading the race. Despite being the first to market, Apple's Siri is, nowadays, often ridiculed for not being as "smart" as Google's own digital helper. And while this is not as much of an issue on a smartphone, the difference definitely becomes apparent when you turn to smart speakers, which don't have any sort of user interface, save for voice commands.

Apple's HomePod finally launched earlier this year and was met with mixed response. Yeah, it looks fine, and it sounds great, but what about controlling it with Siri? One of the biggest user grievances with the HomePod was the fact that Apple's digital assistant can not differentiate between multiple voices. As a result, any house guest or any member of one's household can command the HomePod to read out one's iMessages or mail notifications.

For this very reason, many users straight up disabled that HomePod feature — it's better to have it off than put your privacy at risk.

In contrast, Google's Assistant can recognize up to 6 different people and give them customized, personal replies.

Well, it seems Siri might soon (and finally) get this feature as well. A patent filed by Apple with the USPTO outlines a system, which would be able to build and store multiple "user profiles". Siri would, supposedly, be able to make and modify a library for each individual user, keeping track of their preferences and usage habits, and come up with individualized and accurate responses.

This includes being able to recognize each user by their voice, of course. However, there doesn't seem to be information on what the maximum number of supported users would be.

This means that one HomePod update in the not-so-far future might have voice recognition and you may finally leave "Personal Requests" on, confident that your Apple speaker won't be spilling the content of your messages to others.

source: USPTO via Tech Radar

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4 Comments

1. shiv179

Posts: 144; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

Hahaha Apple playing catch up as always

2. cocoy

Posts: 455; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

It better than never. At least thay have the guts to improve even by copying other brands. This is good for loyal Apple customers.

3. DnB925Art

Posts: 1167; Member since: May 23, 2013

LOL. When Apple copies, it is OK. But if someone else copies Apple, I hope you say the same thing. Companies copy each other. It is a win for all consumers in the long run when all products get better.

4. cocoy

Posts: 455; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

Its not an issue for me when it comes to software features, Idon't mind who copies whom, as long as the customers will benefit because I am a customer too. What I don't like is copying the design of a particular product because they have their own designers who supposed to be working on their own design and not copying others.

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