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  • 'AssistantEnhancer' Gives Siri A Truckload of New Features


    For those of you looking forward to adding more useful jailbreak tweaks to your newly-jailbroken iPhone 5, don’t forget about that sometimes-handy voice assistant called Siri! There are some great Siri jailbreak tweaks in Cydia right now that can make her do more stuff, including a new one called AssistantEnhancer by iOS developer Zaid Elkurdi.

    AssistantEnhancer adds so much to Siri, that we’ll have to divide this overview into sections:

    Useful Querying Features



    AssistantEnhancer brings some useful new querying features to Siri. For example, you can now open Siri and say something like, “Find concerts happening next weekend” and Siri will use your location to find music concerts that will be happening near you next weekend. You can mix it up a little bit, and also say something like, "Look up some concerts near me in March" and Siri will find concerts near you in the month of March. You can also asking about hiking trips or book readings.

    AssistantEnhancer will also allow you to query the App Store right from Siri. You can ask Siri to look up an application in the App Store by saying something like, “Search Angry Birds on the App Store” and Siri will bring up a list of related applications, with their ratings and prices, that you can tap on to open the App Store and look at in full detail.

    Another great feature of AssistantEnhancer is that you can query Siri about song lyrics. Just say something like, “What are the lyrics to Headstrong?” and Siri will search for and show you the lyrics to the song Headstrong. You can do this for just about any song you want to. You can even say "Show lyrics" while a song is playing to see the lyrics for the song that is currently playing.

    Useful Querying Features Continued



    AssistantEnhancer also adds some less-detailed querying features, such as the ability to search for images and having Siri show you the image you ask for. You can also ask Siri for what something means via the Urban Dictionary definition, and search Ebay or Amazon for products that you’d like to buy.

    You will be able to say things like "Go to Google.com," and Siri will open Mobile Safari and load up the Google Web site without asking you if you want to search the Web. You can do this with a variety of Web sites. you can even view Web comics via Siri with AssistantEnhancer.

    AssistantEnhancer also lets you dial 911 via Siri and get ahold of the police when there is an emergency.

    Ask About and Manage System Information



    AssistantEnhancer will also add some useful system features to Siri. You will be able to ask Siri how your battery life is looking by saying something like, “how much battery do I have left?” and Siri will tell you about how much battery life you have left.

    You can also manage your memory via Siri – you can ask Siri how much memory you have left by saying something like, “How much memory do I have available?” and Siri will tell you how much memory is being used, how much is free, and how much memory you have in total. If you’re interested, you can even say, “Free Memory” and Siri can free up some memory for you.

    In addition, you'll be able to say something like "How much storage space do I have left?" to query the amount of storage you have left on your iOS device.

    Have Siri Remember Where You Parked Your Car



    If you park in large parking lots often, and you forget where you park often, then AssistantEnhancer has you covered. You can tell Siri, “Remember where I parked” right before you leave your car, and Siri will remember. When you finish shopping, you can say, “Where’s my car?” and Siri will let you tap a link to get directions to your car.

    Integration With Third-Party Music Apps



    AssistantEnhancer also comes with support for third-party (as well as native) music applications, such as Spotify, Grooveshark, and Pandora. You’ll be able to play specific playlists from Spotify, and even specific stations from Pandora. If you don’t use these features, you can also tell Siri to play individual songs through Grooveshark or Spotify.

    To play a specific song through Grooveshark or Spotify (you enable the one(s) you want to use in the Settings), you would say something like, "Play Life is Beautiful." You could even say something like, "Play album Ride the Lightning" to play a full album, or "Play artist Metallica" to play music by a particular artist. To start playing a playlist from Spotify, you could say something like, "Play my running playlist." In order to take advantage of playlists, you'll have to configure them in the Settings. To start playing a particular station from Pandora, you can say something like "Start a station for Metallica." In order to take advantage of stations, you'll have to configure them in the Settings.

    Settings



    From the preferences pane for AssistantEnhancer in the Settings application, you can set your emergency number, enable or disable the local events feature, and enable or disable using Siri to open Web page shortcuts.

    You will also be able to select the music application you want to integrate with Siri, and you can configure your Spotify playlists and Pandora stations.

    AssistantEnhancer is the complete package of features that Apple forgot to (or didn’t want to?) add to Siri. Almost all of the features that come with AssistantEnhancer are extremely useful in one way or another. The whole package can be had for just $1.99 in the BigBoss repository.

    AssistantEnhancer is an add-on for the free AssistantExtensions tweak. AssistantEnhancer requires iOS 5 or later, and works on iOS 6. You need to have a Siri-capable device to use the tweak.

    Note: The Spotify API is currently down, so Spotify commands aren't working at the moment. This should be up again soon!

    Name: AssistantEnhancer
    Price: $1.99
    Version: 1.0-1
    Requirements: iOS 5+, Siri capability
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer: Zaid Elkurdi
    Editor's Rating: / 4.5/5
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 'AssistantEnhancer' Gives Siri A Truckload of New Features started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 124 Comments
    1. aorowe's Avatar
      aorowe -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      I'm not sure what you mean. All of our testing was done via iPhone 5 – you can tell by the screenshots. It worked on our iPhone 5 during testing.
      Was the iPhone5 that you guys tested on the latest firmware?
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by aorowe View Post
      Was the iPhone5 that you guys tested on the latest firmware?
      Yes; 6.1.2.
    1. Sniper488's Avatar
      Sniper488 -
      On iPhone 5 and iPad 4, this conflicts with AssistantExtensions/Standard
    1. aorowe's Avatar
      aorowe -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      Yes; 6.1.2.
      That's probably one it keeps messing up on mine. I'm still at 6.1.1

      Dang, I just don't feel like restoring just to update the firmware and then jailbreaking again. Would it be worth it?
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by aorowe View Post
      That's probably one it keeps messing up on mine. I'm still at 6.1.1

      Dang, I just don't feel like restoring just to update the firmware and then jailbreaking again. Would it be worth it?
      The likelihood of iOS 6.1.2 fixing something over iOS 6.1.1 is very little. It was just a hot-patch to fix a single, concentrated issue.
    1. blueglide's Avatar
      blueglide -
      Works on my 5. I just wish that it can switch between all of my Pandora stations via Siri and not just two. Would be nice while on my motorcycle.
    1. robdam1001's Avatar
      robdam1001 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ECUpirate44 View Post
      None of these will work until Assistant extensions gets an update.

      Funny; working perfectly for me on my iphone 5 running 6.1.2
    1. Sniper488's Avatar
      Sniper488 -
      I have an iPad 4 6.1.2 and iPhone 5 6.1 and both crash when you ask Siri to open an app, it conflicts with Standard extension.
    1. robdam1001's Avatar
      robdam1001 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sniper488 View Post
      I have an iPad 4 6.1.2 and iPhone 5 6.1 and both crash when you ask Siri to open an app, it conflicts with Standard extension.
      It must be conflicting with another tweak...do you have another Siri tweak installed?
    1. aorowe's Avatar
      aorowe -
      Quote Originally Posted by robdam1001 View Post
      It must be conflicting with another tweak...do you have another Siri tweak installed?
      I just uninstalled aloud, thinking that might do the trick; to no avail.

      To my knowledge, I don't have any other Siri tweaks installed
    1. that_girl's Avatar
      that_girl -
      It would be a great tweak if AssistantExtentions was updated for iOS 6. I deleted AssistantEnhancer and kept AssistantLove.
    1. HighTymes's Avatar
      HighTymes -
      Safe mode crash with me on iPhone 5 6.1.1 when I tried to bring up music on spotify. I then did a complete reboot now and everything works without a hitch.
    1. robdam1001's Avatar
      robdam1001 -
      I'd LOVE to see integration with Navigon
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      If I try to use it to turn on or off wifi it just sits there spinning and I have to soft restart the iPhone, holding in home and sleep.
    1. Sniper366's Avatar
      Sniper366 -
      Any idea what the free memory option is doing? Is it just deleting some cache?
    1. woko0291's Avatar
      woko0291 -
      had zero trouble installing on my iphone 5 running 6.1 amd its working pretty flawlessly for me. Assistant extensions downloaded along with Assistant enhancer without a hitch
    1. Sniper488's Avatar
      Sniper488 -
      Quote Originally Posted by robdam1001 View Post
      It must be conflicting with another tweak...do you have another Siri tweak installed?
      No other Siri tweak, I turn Standard to off in AssistantExtensions and it works. i
    1. aorowe's Avatar
      aorowe -
      Quote Originally Posted by woko0291 View Post
      had zero trouble installing on my iphone 5 running 6.1 amd its working pretty flawlessly for me. Assistant extensions downloaded along with Assistant enhancer without a hitch
      Have you tried opening apps with Siri?
    1. robdam1001's Avatar
      robdam1001 -
      Quote Originally Posted by HighTymes View Post
      Safe mode crash with me on iPhone 5 6.1.1 when I tried to bring up music on spotify. I then did a complete reboot now and everything works without a hitch.
      The Dev clearly states that the Spotify API is not yet ready
    1. aorowe's Avatar
      aorowe -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sniper488 View Post
      No other Siri tweak, I turn Standard to off in AssistantExtensions and it works. i
      Thanks, that did the trick for me to.