Siri features hands-free activation, Shazam integration in iOS 8

Siri features hands-free activation, Shazam integration in iOS 8

iOS 8 will feature some important updates for Siri. This includes some hands-free functionality, the rumored Shazam functionality, and streaming voice recognition.

When you plug Siri in, in your car, for instance, you will be able to activate Siri simply by saying "Hey Siri". Additionally, the Siri can now identify songs using Shazam, which was originally rumored a couple of months ago. Siri will also support streaming voice recognition, letting you see what Siri is hearing as you speak, and enabling a faster response. The digital assisstant will also feature support for 22 languages with iOS 8.

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Joseph Keller

Joseph Keller is a news reporter for iMore. He's also chilling out and having a sandwich.

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Dev from tipb says:

And still no on-device processing - major disappointment.

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fdruid says:

Sounds a lot like Cortana. Plus the hands-free style fond in the Moto-X.

Paradocks says:

So will the "Hey Siri" work if you don't plug the iPhone into a car? Does it have "always listening" capability like the Moto X, and if so, I wonder how that will impact battery life? I have a funny feeling that this feature will be reserved for latest generation iOS devices only. Apple has a habit of neutering new iOS features when it comes to older devices.

ernbrdn says:

Don't be so negative. While it is a possibility seems like Apple usually keeps the WOW factor features for closer to phone launch. They wouldn't want to tip the deck too soon for what is to come. Only time will tell though, cheers.

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ernbrdn says:

Don't be so negative. While it is a possibility seems like Apple usually keeps the WOW factor features for closer to phone launch. They wouldn't want to tip the deck too soon for what is to come. Only time will tell though, cheers.

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deegan87 says:

Sounds like it's only while the device is charging, so battery impact is zero until they release their own always-listening processor cores.

Paradocks says:

If that's true then it's a half-baked implementation. I absolutely love being able to make phone calls, set alarms and create reminders on my Moto X without having to physically pick up the phone. Forcing an iDevice to be plugged in to make the "Hey Siri" feature work is wonky, IMHO.

Freshmixture#IM says:

Most iPhones are in a battery case, i.e., plugged in. A workaround, I know, but useful

gordol says:

Really? How do you figure that? Of the dozens of people I know with iPhones and the hundreds I've seen out in the world, only one of them has it in a battery case.

gordol says:

Fine by me if it only works when plugged into power. I, for one, do not want it always eavesdropping on me. However, completely hands-free in the car would be awesome. I can't activate Siri via BT with any BT deviceI have, including my car, and (First World Problem!) where I have the phone mounted on the dash, it's "inconvenient" to press and hold the Home button.

zackmack7 says:

"Hey, Siri" sounds oddly familiar to "Hey, Google" that Android users have been saying for the the past two years almost lol

Yodes says:

Only Android users don't say 'Hey, Google' its 'Ok, Google' and the idea of constant actively listening devices is new, not 2 years old.

zackmack7 says:

You are correct, it is "Ok, Google". As I Nexus 5 owner I should've known that. But we've had the functional, smart voice recognition for a while with Google Now. And the Moto X last year had always listening capabilties

dieseldk says:

Any word on the which new languages the 22 are?

Kindstrom says:

I would like to know that too. We here in Sweden has been waiting a LOOOOONG time. Seems silly saying "Call my Wife" in the store in English over here :D

Sunofabob says:

So Apple is in the acquisition stage rather than internal innovation. Think back to when Apple maps was first released and they realized Google maps is better. They acquired beats rather than create a similar service within iTunes. They use Shazam rather than use their own recognition software like Google does.
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bernabonixe1 says:

Does anyone know what are the 22 new dictation languages that will be available to siri with iOS8?

xxshaun1xx says:

In ios 8 beta 1 I am able to say hey siri while on the siri screen without being plugged in and it works.