Facebook-owned instant messaging platform WhatsApp in its latest update to its iOS app now allows users to use Apple’s digital assistant Siri to send messages and make voice calls, a media report said.To use the Siri-enabled voice controls, you need to have iOS 10 and latest version of WhatsApp installed on your device.
“iOS 10 began rolling out to users starting today complete with Siri support for third-party integrations,” tech website VentureBeat reported on Tuesday.
Siri will guide you through the process step-by-step, like what is the message you want to send and who you want to connect with. Another change in the WhatsApp app include being able to answer voice calls right from your locked screen.
Siri on WhatsApp:
iOS 10 ‘began rolling out to users today (14/09/2016)’, complete with Siri support for third-party integrations, and the ‘Facebook-owned messaging service’ is taking full advantage.
When the updated app is enabled, you simply beckon Siri and tell it to call or message someone (e.g., ‘Hey Siri, text Cnu madaka kpt on WhatsApp’). Make sure that you allow the controls within your phone’s settings — iOS will quick you to grant it access.
How to enable Siri for Whatsapp:
Siri will guide you through the process step by step, from the message you want to send to who you want to connect with, and will confirm everything at the end. In initial tests, Siri appeared to recognize names it was given.
Presently, only WhatsApp, Zomato ect supports this Siri integration, but it’s likely that Facebook could roll the feature out to its other messaging powerhouse, Facebook Messenger. When we tried this with Messenger, Siri replied with a message saying that “(Facebook) Messenger hasn’t set that up with me yet.”
You’ll need to download the latest version (Date of released 14/09/2016) of WhatsApp to use Siri-enabled voice controls.
New capability should give you the freedom to easily communicate without having to stare down at your phone and type out messages. If you think about it, this seems a much faster way to talk to someone.