iOS 8.3 Adds A Speaker Function To “Hey Siri”
Always listening on our smartphones is a pretty sweet feature, I think we can all agree on that. However it’s not always a perfect feature. It definitely has it’s quirks. One of those is making phone calls. Sure you can trigger a phone call just with your voice, but if you’re like me, you’ll do that while your phone is mount in the car, when you really shouldn’t be touching it at all. (#itcanwait) So when the call triggers, what happens? Well, it launches the call as expected, but it does it like a normal call, through the earpiece. In the car, that can be a pain. Thankfully, Apple has fixed this issue with Siri in iOS 8.3.
If your iPhone is plugged in and charging you can still activate Siri hands-free by saying “Hey Siri” out loud. Now you have the choice if you want your call to route to the speakerphone. When you choose to place the call, you can either say the person’s name alone or add “on speaker” to the end. If you say the person’s name alone, the call will launch through the earpiece. However if you say “on speaker”, the call will launch on speakerphone.
It’s a simple addition but for someone like me, it’s a pretty useful little tweak. Sometimes it’s just the little things that make the biggest difference.