Apple's release of iOS 13 today means that external developers can now release apps that can access Siri without any configuration on your side. Before iOS 13 wanted to use a Siri app with Siri, a Siri shortcut had to be set up. Sometimes even that would not work.
But now iOS 13 users can finally use native Siri functions, unlocking a number of useful options. A situation where more hands-free options are needed is when you are driving and have to keep your eyes on the road. A few app makers have already released updates today that can make using Siri while driving a much better and safer experience.
For example, if you want to ask Siri to show you the way from an app other than Apple Maps, you can now ask Siri to show you the way from both Google Maps and Waze. This sounds great, but during my testing it's not as seamless as you might want.
When I used general location requests – I tried & # 39; the Apple Store & # 39; and & # 39; Seattle & # 39; – Siri opened Google Maps with instructions ready. (I still had to tap the start button in the app, so it's not a full hands-free experience.) But when I tried to ask Siri to give me directions to a few different numbered addresses on Google Maps, my iPhone just opened Apple Maps instead. It seems that some tinkering is needed, both from Apple and from the app makers, to make third-party Siri support work as designed.
What works well was asking Siri to play Pandora's music. I asked Siri to play a number of different artists on Pandora, and it worked perfectly every time. And soon you can ask Siri to play your songs on Spotify, because some users on Reddit have iOS 13 and a Spotify beta also reported be able to do that, but The edge has not yet been able to test it completely. I also hope that podcast and audiobook apps will soon be updated to work with Siri.
A big reservation: for all these apps you have to ask Siri to open that app as part of your assignment – for example: "play Frank Ocean On Pandora & # 39; or & # 39; get me directions to Seattle in Waze."There is still no way in iOS to set non-Apple standard apps for Siri, as you can with Alexa or Google Assistant. But even in this first day of testing native Siri integrations, they have been very useful and they make Siri a little better than before.