Apple to counter Samsung’s Bixby with vocal biometrics

Apple Siri

The new Samsung AI assistant Bixby promises to revolutionize the industry by saying the new assistant will be able to think contextually and understand incomplete commands. It has just been reported that Apple’s Siri is also looking to improve the AI experience.

According to the new Apple patent Siri will now only respond to its master’s voice. The voice will be recorded when setting up a new phone as Apple looks to introduce a vocal biometric system.

Users will also be able to replace the wake phrase ‘Hey Siri’ in order to improve security. If the voice recognition fails your Apple device will then ask for a Touch ID or password. Currently, Apple devices can respond to almost anyone regardless of whether your phone is locked or unlocked.

The company says this is because only one wake phrase and a personalized message to replace ‘Hey Siri’ will enhance and ensure better protection of your data. The patent was filed at about this time last year and is expected to roll out in the new iOS 11, TVOS, WatchOS and MacOS.

With the introduction of Bixby, it is time other assistants like Siri, Alexa and Cortana improve their functionality as well and this is a step in the right direction.

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