Virtual assistant activation

  • US 10,529,332 B2
  • Filed: 01/04/2018
  • Issued: 01/07/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/08/2015
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. An electronic device comprising:

  • a display;

    one or more processors;

    a memory;

    a microphone; and

    one or more programs, wherein the one or more programs are stored in memory and configured to be executed by the one or more processors, the one or more programs including instructions for;

    detecting a software event meeting a predetermined condition;

    in accordance with a determination that the software event meeting the predetermined condition is detected, sampling audio input received via the microphone;

    determining whether audio input received via the microphone comprises a spoken trigger; and

    in accordance with a determination that the audio input comprises the spoken trigger, triggering a virtual assistant session;

    while sampling audio input, receiving a signal associated with a user lowering the electronic device;

    determining whether an amount of lowering of the electronic device during a time interval exceeds a predetermined threshold; and

    in accordance with a determination that the amount of lowering of the electronic device during the time interval exceeds the predetermined threshold, ceasing the sampling of audio input.

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