Siri is frustrating. I can ask her a question like "what causes brain freeze" (as one does), and she'll say "I found this on the web". But if I then ask her to "speak screen" or "read page", or even "read it to me", she has no idea what I'm talking about and tells me there's nothing to read.

Folk, I understand how to get my phone to read a page. What I don't understand is how completely hands-free you can ask Siri a question and get her to read the web page of the result she just found you.

Alexa can do it. Google can do it. What's wrong with Siri?

  • I am working on the AI field as an engineer from the past 6 years. I have to admit this that Siri is not good in comparison to Alexa and Google. Google and Amazon have lots of data from search engines to other sources they had from ages. Apple is investing a lot to make Siri good and they are working. Feeding data is a big challenge and lots of improvisation is coming. Don't get frustrated and give some time for such kind of competitor. However, I can surely say you will still find hard to compete with Google Especially. – Udhy Dec 17 '19 at 11:12
  • Riugh @Udhy but my issue here is not about Siri's ability to understand me, nor its ability to find relevant search results to my question: both are fine. My issue is with the User Experience - why the software engineers have chosen to disconnect the results of my search from the ability to read those results aloud. It seems to me the #1 use case fo Siri is so users can use their phones in a hands-free manner, which includes reading search results out loud. A simple "I found this result on the web. Would you like me to read it? [yes/no]" would be a very logical NUI move here.' – Tom Auger Dec 17 '19 at 19:03

AFAIK, you can use Siri to speak screen when the results are open in Safari, or when it shows specific excerpt from Wikipedia or WolframAlpha etc. for say, word meanings or definitions.

For the results in the overlay, it seems not possible to me.

I search using iPhone's spotlight and then use "search the web" at the bottom in case I need more results.

You can look into setting up a automation for opening safari and reading it out aloud.

  • That's been my experience as well. Is there a voice command to open the search result from the overlay into Safari? – Tom Auger Dec 17 '19 at 19:04
  • I dont think so. see the edited answer for a workaround. – anki Dec 18 '19 at 8:24

I had similar problem but with turning on "Hey siri" I managed to get it to read SOME results even tho I was asking similar questions

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    This is more of a comment than an actual answer. How did you manage to get it to read web results? – Allan May 31 '20 at 4:27
  • I said "with turning on "Hey siri I managed to get it to read SOME results" --> by turning on "Hey Siri" (how) – Vid Cesar Jun 2 '20 at 13:33

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