The Australian radio industry’s RadioApp has been updated to support Apple’s new Siri Shortcuts feature. Listeners can now ask the virtual assistant to start playing their favourite radio station using voice command.
The update is timed for the global release of Apple’s new iOS 12 operating system and the new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and the iPhone XR.
Commercial Radio Australia chief executive officer, Joan Warner, said the update would make listening to radio on a mobile phone easier, with users able to create shortcuts for favourite stations. “Listeners can now ask Siri to play any of the 280 Australian radio stations on the app straight from the lock screen,” she said.
Listeners who use Apple CarPlay will also be able to ask Siri to play or change radio stations in RadioApp hands-free while driving. Siri will learn from listening habits and suggest shortcuts for users based on stations they regularly listen to using RadioApp.
The commercial radio industry launched RadioApp in late 2016 to live stream commercial, ABC, SBS and DAB+ digital radio stations through one easy-to-use app. Users can create a favourites list and simply swipe to see what shows and songs are playing on other stations. Chromecast support was added in July, which means those using the Google plug-in device can also listen to RadioApp via a smart TV.
RadioApp can be downloaded free through the App Store and Google Play.