Hey Apple, it’s time to drop the ‘Hey’ from ‘Hey Siri’

“You don’t have to say ‘Hey Alexa,'” Jeff Gamet writes for The Mac Observer. “Cortana just dumped the ‘Hey,’ and it’s time for Apple to do the same with Siri, too.'”

“Amazon’s approach to triggering its voice platform has always made sense. You’re addressing to your Echo or other Alexa-compatible device in the same way yo do with real people,” Gamet writes. “If I want to have lunch with Bryan, for example, I’d say, ‘Bryan, let’s get lunch together.’ I don’t start the conversation with ‘Hey Bryan.'”

“Siri has become a regular part of my daily routine and isn’t just a toy. Interacting with it should feel as natural as talking to a real person,” Gamet writes. “Every time I say ‘Alexa, turn on the lights,’ it reminds me just how awkward it feels now to say, ‘Hey Siri’ instead.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Obviously.

Saying “Hey Siri” gets old very quickly with a HomePod. You’d think Apple employees who tested HomePod would have come to that realization a long time ago, but Apple’s HomePod development process seems to be measured glacially — hello, multi-room? hello, stereo pairing? — so, don’t hold your breath.

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  1. Because “Alexa” is a three-syllable sound that’s very rare in any other context, and “Siri” is a two-syllable sound that occurs very frequently in English speech, why?

    Oh, the question was rhetorical? Never mind

  2. When I call my dog, Desiree, HomePod Siri thinks I’m talking to her, and when the apple commercial came on today, my HomePod listened and played music. Its not something that’s that rare, Siri has been invoked a few times accidentally from tv shows or commercials.

  3. Other posters have hit the point if I am talking about Siri (or indeed words similar to it) I don’t want it activating, equally if I were trying to attract someones attention rather than already conversing with them one might very well say ‘hey…..’ to attract their focus before you go onto the actual discussion indeed most would probably call their name, wait a moment for a response and then go to the discussion so the writer’s comparison falls down. Equally it falls down further when if you are talking about someone else (forget the morality of so doing) you don’t want them to hear you do you, at least in most circumstances. So unless there is a foolproof way of Siri (or any other assistant) to be able to distinguish between ‘about’ and ‘to’ here its just an argument over which is more annoying. I certainly do NOT want to think my voice assistant is listening to my discussions at all times, and that aspect is an important boast of Apple. Google and Amazon on the other hand have been criticised for being always on I note.

    Just one question to those who know. The adverts for Alexa do tend to have that hesitation after saying ‘Alexa’ is that relevant to the activation process mimicking the attempt to attract a humans attention in the way I relate above, or is it more to do with attracting our attention clearly to the Alexa brand by isolating it?

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