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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. Sniper488's Avatar
      Sniper488 -
      Okay,it started working right after I toggled Standard extension off, used Siri, toggled Standard back on, and used Siri.

      But if I ask to open app, it still crashes Siri even though assistantextensions is deleted
    1. ZaidElkurdi's Avatar
      ZaidElkurdi -
      Just keep Standard off for the time being.
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      Quote Originally Posted by ZaidElkurdi View Post
      Just keep Standard off for the time being.
      So Zaid, I can't live without my directions going automatically into Google Maps when I ask for them and the toggling of my flash on and off which I use many times a day in my work. That ability is what I get in "Assistant Love". If I don't set any of the music features in "Assistant Love" to ON - will there be any conflict with your app?
    1. ZaidElkurdi's Avatar
      ZaidElkurdi -
      From what I've been told, as long as Spotify is disabled on one of them then they are compatible.
    1. Padgoi's Avatar
      Padgoi -
      Quote Originally Posted by ZaidElkurdi View Post
      If Standard is off then nothing will even recognize "turn wifi off," so something your doing is incorrect. And, my app is compatible with iOS 6, toggling settings is not a feature of my app. But, if you have an issue with it, send me an email with your transaction id and I'd be happy to set you up with a refund.
      I deleted AssistantExtensions. Kept AssistantLove. Asked to toggle wifi off. Worked fine.
      I re-installed AssistantExtensions with AssistantEnhancer. Turned standard off. Nothing else. Asked to toggle wifi off. Phone froze. You can claim I'm doing something wrong, but that's all I did. I assure you, it has nothing to do with what I did and everything to do with AssistantExtensions not supporting toggles.

      I'm not going to ask for a refund yet, let's wait until AssistantExtensions is updated, then we'll come to a consensus.
    1. ZaidElkurdi's Avatar
      ZaidElkurdi -
      Wait, have you disabled the "SBSToggles" extension?
    1. Sniper488's Avatar
      Sniper488 -
      What's the fix for open app and it crashes with this tweak deleted?
    1. Padgoi's Avatar
      Padgoi -
      Quote Originally Posted by ZaidElkurdi View Post
      Wait, have you disabled the "SBSToggles" extension?
      No, the only one I disabled was Standard, which is what you said to do, correct?
    1. ZaidElkurdi's Avatar
      ZaidElkurdi -
      Make sure AssistantExtensions is also deleted.

      Try disabling SBSToggles too and see if that fixes it
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      If you disable the sbstoggles in assistantextensions, the Siri says something like "I wish I could do that but I am not allowed". With it enabled the phone freezes when asking to toggle wifi.
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      Quote Originally Posted by Padgoi View Post
      No, the only one I disabled was Standard, which is what you said to to. Correct?
      Yes that's all he said. I hope we don't now get a longer list of things to turn off.. uggh..
    1. Padgoi's Avatar
      Padgoi -
      Quote Originally Posted by slim.jim View Post
      If you disable the sbstoggles in assistantextensions, the Siri says something like "I wish I could do that but I am not allowed". With it enabled the phone freezes when asking to toggle wifi.
      Yeah, one of the reasons I got the app was to open other apps and toggles with Siri. If it can't do these basic functions, I'll wait until AssistantExtensions is updated. Again, as a person with a business background, you should've waited for AssistantExtensions to be updated before releasing this app because as it stands, it does not function as described.
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      I sent a request for a refund.

      **update**

      My refund was issued almost immediately. Thank you.
    1. offroad1994's Avatar
      offroad1994 -
      Siri can open apps as is. Just day OPEN FACEBOOK and it does
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      For those just wanting Siri App opening capabilities - that's been around for a long time in Cydia. It's called "OpenSiri".
    1. aorowe's Avatar
      aorowe -
      Quote Originally Posted by NewdestinyX View Post
      For those just wanting Siri App opening capabilities - that's been around for a long time in Cydia. It's called "OpenSiri".
      Would you even need Cydia for that? Didn't Apple integrate that with iOS six?
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      Quote Originally Posted by aorowe View Post
      Would you even need Cydia for that? Didn't Apple integrate that with iOS six?
      Actually yes! Come to think if it - they did. Thanks for the reminder.
    1. Sniper488's Avatar
      Sniper488 -
      I just restored both my iPad and iPhone because I lost Siri functionality after deleting this tweak.

      Slim.Jim, how'd you request a refund?
    1. aorowe's Avatar
      aorowe -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sniper488 View Post
      I just restored both my iPad and iPhone because I lost Siri functionality after deleting this tweak.

      Slim.Jim, how'd you request a refund?
      Just email the author your transaction
      ID. they're quite speedy with the refund.
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sniper488 View Post
      I just restored both my iPad and iPhone because I lost Siri functionality after deleting this tweak.

      Slim.Jim, how'd you request a refund?
      I sent them a message on here with the transaction ID located at the top of the PayPal email receipt.