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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. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      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.
      There is no iOS 6.1.1 for iPhone 5.

      Just iOS 6.1 and iOS 6.1.2.

      iOS 6.1.1 was only released for the iPhone 4S.
    1. woko0291's Avatar
      woko0291 -
      Quote Originally Posted by aorowe View Post
      Have you tried opening apps with Siri?

      Wow, the one feature i missed. I asked siri to open an app then got sent right to safe mode. hm. When asked to show me a picture, or search amazon, or battery life, etc it works seemlessly. But when i ask to open an app, *poof* Safe mood. Strange, im sure there will be a fix soon
    1. robdam1001's Avatar
      robdam1001 -
      I ask Siri to open any app and I get, "Sorry, I couldn't find that website" BUT - I ask Siri to find an app in the App Store and it works perfectly fine.
    1. altoiddealer's Avatar
      altoiddealer -
      Does anyone know if this will play nice with AssistantLove?
    1. robdam1001's Avatar
      robdam1001 -
      Quote Originally Posted by altoiddealer View Post
      Does anyone know if this will play nice with AssistantLove?
      I highly doubt it but what do I know, lol.
    1. iChopPryde's Avatar
      iChopPryde -
      Was thinking of getting this but wanted to know what people think of it first? Any good? Or is it Buffy and not as smooth as Siri itself ?
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by altoiddealer View Post
      Does anyone know if this will play nice with AssistantLove?
      Most likely no. They would probably be conflicting tweaks since both tweaks are prying into the Spotify API at the same time and trying to compete with each other for dominance over Siri.

      Quote Originally Posted by iChopPryde View Post
      Was thinking of getting this but wanted to know what people think of it first? Any good? Or is it Buffy and not as smooth as Siri itself ?
      Smoothness? It doesn't affect the speed of Siri at all, to answer that.
    1. altoiddealer's Avatar
      altoiddealer -
      AssistantLove has toggles in place to disable the 3rd party music app integration, which makes me wonder if it would work out if left disabled

      If its ever confirmed Ill definitely pick this one up Id definitely use Siri much more often. I just really like the GPS integration that AssistantLove offers
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by altoiddealer View Post
      AssistantLove has toggles in place to disable the 3rd party music app integration, which makes me wonder if it would work out if left disabled
      This tweak can also disable its third-party music player integration. I guess it's worth a shot if you're interested.

      I don't really see them playing well, but I could be wrong.
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      System toggles like bluetooth and wifi result in a forever spinning Siri icon. I have to reboot to get the phone unstuck.
    1. wharfrat22's Avatar
      wharfrat22 -
      Just bought it and tried sending a text through Siri and got forever spinning Siri icon too...Thank whamo, it crashed damn...ALSO it is not launching Grooveshark (there is no info on Grooveshark in settings??)

      OH!! and can't launch apps...instand safe mode!! only $2 but still, man, lame...
    1. robdam1001's Avatar
      robdam1001 -
      Quote Originally Posted by slim.jim View Post
      System toggles like bluetooth and wifi result in a forever spinning Siri icon. I have to reboot to get the phone unstuck.
      It will actually toggle wifi and BT for me but then it locks up and I have to hard reset.
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      Quote Originally Posted by robdam1001 View Post
      It will actually toggle wifi and BT for me but then it locks up and I have to hard reset.
      Yea that's what is happening for me. It never goes to the fullscreen Siri.
    1. ZaidElkurdi's Avatar
      ZaidElkurdi -
      Hi all, I'm the developer and I just wanted to let you know that if you're any trouble with crashing/safemode then you should disable all the extensions in AssistantExtensions besides AssistantEnhancer. This will fix all the app launching errors and whatnot.
    1. pkmaximum's Avatar
      pkmaximum -
      Does this work with gMusic Pro? That is my primary music application. All in all though, this application is a welcome set of features to Siri!
    1. icebox93's Avatar
      icebox93 -
      Assistant extensions is not yet compatible ios 6 but the developer expexts it to be compatible within two weeks, so he told me.
    1. Albort's Avatar
      Albort -
      Quote Originally Posted by wharfrat22 View Post
      Just bought it and tried sending a text through Siri and got forever spinning Siri icon too...Thank whamo, it crashed damn...ALSO it is not launching Grooveshark (there is no info on Grooveshark in settings??)

      OH!! and can't launch apps...instand safe mode!! only $2 but still, man, lame...
      Im in the same boat, freezes when trying to send txt...

      However, AssistantEnhancer and Assistantlove are playing nicely, i dont use spotify but i recall seeing a off button on Assistantlove for spotify...
    1. scuba's Avatar
      scuba -
      Quote Originally Posted by pkmaximum View Post
      Does this work with gMusic Pro? That is my primary music application. All in all though, this application is a welcome set of features to Siri!
      Searching the Urban dictionary has had me rolling LOL..Try searching for Poor white Trash on Urban dictionary
    1. Supermario20's Avatar
      Supermario20 -
      I'm trying to choose my next tweak to buy.
      Which should I buy?
      1. ProTube 2
      2. Tempus
      3. AssistantEnhancer
      4. AssistantLove
      5. Save for upcoming tweaks

      P.S. Does AssistantEnhancer allow to open Cydia Apps, because the regular Apple Siri doesn't allow it.
    1. therandy's Avatar
      therandy -
      Kind of nulls the effect of the passcode if your saying aloud in public. but just my opinion

      Quote Originally Posted by zenj View Post
      Is there a way to have siri running on a locked phone and ask it to unlock by mentioning the passcode ?

      Imagine asking siri " unlock my iphone passcode 2346" then it unlocks and continue using other features of siri.

      right now it will always tell you to unlock manually before doing other features like opening apps etc etc