Hot on the heels of Amazon's Alexa coming to iOS, Siri has more competition in the voice assistant department. The Google Assistant can now be installed as a stand alone app on the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. While the Google Search app for iOS includes voice capabilities, the full-blown Google Assistant is more sophisticated and powerful.
Apple is poised to launch its own Siri-based personal assistant accessory, which would compete with the Amazon Echo and Google Home. In fact, according to Ming-Chi Kuo at KGI Securities the chances of Apple revealing the new device at WWDC are over 50 percent. This year's developer conference is scheduled for June 5-9 in San Jose.
Apple announced on Monday that Siri has been updated to help fans prepare for Super Bowl 51. Apple TV owners can now tune-in live to the big game on February 5 by simply saying “Watch the Super Bowl" into their Siri remote. iPhone and iPad users will also be able to access all of Siri's football insight on Super Bowl Sunday by asking any NFL related questions.
Siri has gained new powers since the introduction of iOS 10. iPhone owners can enjoy a variety of enhancements to the personal assistant. One such feature offers APIs for developers, making it possible for Siri to interact with any compatible third-party apps. But before you start asking Siri to hail an Uber, or send a PayPal payment, these apps must be installed on your device and manually added to Siri. While the process only takes a moment, it is necessary to get the most out of Siri on iOS 10.
Now Siri can be used to deliver money to iOS contacts with PayPal. Sending a payment in 30 different countries is as simple as saying "Hey Siri, send Omar $60 with PayPal." The money will be delivered after confirming transaction details in a dialog box. In fact, payments can be sent or requested using natural language. As long as the word PayPal is included in the command, Siri will understand how to proceed.