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No Siri Isn't Holding Back The Homepod

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So the homepod was given to Apples favourite media persons the other day and the reviews have started pouring in. One thing is strangely consistent across all these reviews, they all talk about how Siri is holding back the homepod. This really got me scratching my head. Sure Siri might not be able to tell you how much a chipmunk weighs, but really how much do we ask our smart assistants random questions. Lets took at how Siri isn't really holding the homepod back.

Siri Is Already Smart Enough

No really you didn't read that wrong Siri is more smarter than you realise, especially after the iOS 11 update. Now Siri can answer all the random questions that you have. If I'm being honest here I'm of the opinion that Siri can go toe to toe with the likes of Google assistant. She can answer any random question that you can throw at her ( this wasn't the case before iOS 11). Moreover context awareness has taken off recently, one off the biggest faults with Siri used to be that she didn't understand context. You had to specify each and every little thing now you can have more natural conversations with Siri. Another reason why I think Siri is smart enough is that the google assistant in my experience (On a phone atleast) isn't capable of a lot of system tasks. Sure she opens the camera but the moment you ask her something along the lines of "Show me mobile data settings" she just shows me a card to open settings, the same with apps , Whereas on Siri if you ask the same questions she can actually go into the settings app and can actually show you what you want to see. I was particularly impressed when Siri opened the notification settings for Kik after saying "Show me Kik notification settings". More over Google assistant couldn't delete an already set alarm. I really don't see why Siri is so dumb.

The Smarts Will Come.  

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Now we move onto Alexa the other big Siri competitor. Alexa's strength lies in the support she enjoys from developers. If a smart product is released you betcha it has Alexa support. Ive written an entire article about how Siri is going to catch up and help make the iPhone smarter here. So Alexa can order you pizza that's well and good but how many of us actually use it. Siri has been able to hail you Ubers, send money over PayPal and do much more like on Pinterest and Vogue. This has Been around for years yet I have yet to see a substantial number of people yell into their phones to get them a cab or to send money. These are great for youtube videos and demos but I highly doubt that these features translate into real world utility. More over Siri can do all of what you might want her to do, all of what you'd want a smart speaker to do, control your smart home accessories, make calls and texts. I know some features are off limits as of now but all they will soon be added in a. upcoming software update.

So all in all I don't really think that Siri is holding the Homepod back in any way. She's got plenty of horsepower.


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