Voice recognition technology has come a long way since its inception. In fact, just comparing Siri to what was available on the mobile market just 3 years ago is mind-blowing. In those days, we had Apple’s Voice Control – which was darn right atrocious – plus Motorola and BlackBerry had been installing their even worse controls on devices for a few years before. One thing they all had in common was that they struggled with name pronunciation.
Even today, S-Voice on the Galaxy S4 struggles with my wife’s name. Siri, is oddly, the only one that knows what I want when I say “call/text Elouise”. Still, Siri’s not perfect and still pronounces names incorrectly when speaking them back to the user.
In iOS 7, that’s all about to change. Since the first beta of Apple’s new software was released, we’ve watched as Siri’s performance gradually improves. A new revelation shows that Siri’s even getting sensitive to those with difficult names. If it’s not sure how to pronounce a name, it asks you for help and remembers it for the future. The tip was sent to 9to5Mac by one of its readers:
If it pronounces a name wrong without asking for help, you can take initiative and teach it where it’s going wrong by saying “that’s not how you pronounce [name]”.
With iOS having gone through such a huge change to iOS 7, it’s perfectly understandable that Apple didn’t show off this feature, but it’s sure to be one of the most useful. Especially if you have lots of friends with unusual names.