Apple vs Amazon. Are Siri’s Shortcuts Better Than Alexa’s Skills?
Apple’s WWDC 2018 keynote did not announce any great surprises. WatchOS 5, iOS 12, and tvOS 12 all made an appearance. Siri Shortcuts is a function similar to IFTTT which lets one group tasks together in a comprehensive manner.
Siri Shortcuts is a feature of iOS 12 that allows you to use a basic drag-and-drop interface simply called Editor to teach Siri a specific phrase that corresponds to either a single command or a number of commands.
Apple will make it available for HomePod to help it compete better against the likes of Google Home and Amazon Echo. In the demo, a phrase “Heading Home” was created which shows the estimated time of arrival, switched on the smart thermostat and the fan, sent a message, and opened Google Maps. It is not very difficult to set up the commands. It is suspected that the final product will be more versatile, faster, and easier to use.
If Siri Shortcuts is as developer-friendly as the company claims, it is likely that we will see thousands of commands before iOS 12 exits beta.
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