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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: $1.99
    Version: 1.0-1
    Requirements: iOS 5+, Siri capability
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer: Zaid Elkurdi
    Editor's Rating: / 4.5/5
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 'AssistantEnhancer' Gives Siri A Truckload of New Features started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 124 Comments
    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      Thank you all for beta testing. I was going to buy this but I'm glad I read the comments first.
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      In fairness it's going to be well worth the 2$ when the dependency files are fixed.
    1. robdam1001's Avatar
      robdam1001 -
      Quote Originally Posted by NewdestinyX View Post
      In fairness it's going to be well worth the 2$ when If the dependency files are fixed.



      Fixed

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    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      Quote Originally Posted by robdam1001 View Post
      Fixed

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      How do you know?
    1. robdam1001's Avatar
      robdam1001 -
      Quote Originally Posted by NewdestinyX View Post
      How do you know?
      LOL, no, no; I FIXED your post. Please see my post above.
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      Quote Originally Posted by exNavy View Post
      Thank you all for beta testing. I was going to buy this but I'm glad I read the comments first.
      You're welcome, I'm just glad I got my money back lol
    1. CLAWHAMM3R's Avatar
      CLAWHAMM3R -
      I should have paid more attention to the packages before buying this. Following the developer's instructions and disabling everything but AssistantEnhancer in AssistantExtensions works great for these new features, however, I uninstalled AssistantExtensions a month ago because standard Siri functions such composing texts, adding reminders/tasks, etc. would just result in an infinite spinning and an eventual soft reset. Now I find myself with something dependent on something else I don't currently want.

      So this tweak itself is great except its based on a piece of ****. If AssistantExtensions is ever updated this will be great, but for now I'm going to probably end up deleting both as core Siri functionality is more frequently used.

      Zaid, you can make up for this by making the following command a reality:

      "Call (contact name) on speaker."
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      Quote Originally Posted by CLAWHAMM3R View Post

      Zaid, you can make up for this by making the following command a reality:

      "Call (contact name) on speaker."
      O GOSH, YES!!! If that command could ever work... Can't imagine why Apple hasn't made that possible already.
    1. dajanksta's Avatar
      dajanksta -
      Iphone 5 ios 6.1.2

      NOT working. Just wasted two bucks hopefully they will fix this.
    1. wkroberta's Avatar
      wkroberta -
      Can i fix siri without restoring? I deleted this and now want to scream
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      Quote Originally Posted by wkroberta View Post
      Can i fix siri without restoring? I deleted this and now want to scream
      Do a simple reboot and/or hard reset and see if normal Siri functionality returns.
    1. Sniper488's Avatar
      Sniper488 -
      I couldn't get it fixed without restoring. It seems when you delete this tweak, it also deletes something out of Siri files itself.
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sniper488 View Post
      I couldn't get it fixed without restoring. It seems when you delete this tweak, it also deletes something out of Siri files itself.
      Oh THAT's a major drag. Mobile Substrates don't really behave that way when you delete - but sometimes you don't have the time to troubleshoot and restore is the easiest route forward.
    1. ridingsupreme's Avatar
      ridingsupreme -
      App works perfect stop bashing the dev and suck it up. Uninstall, reboot device, reinstall, reboot, try again. Works great on my i5 on 6.1 with the dev's recommendations. Everytime i have crashes its because im trying to use addons to assistantextentions. Disable the AE sbsettings toggles and all others like the dev recommended. Can't wait for assistantextentions to be updated so I can insult my friends and program custom convo's really want that ability.

      How can I find station id's through the pandora app? Maybe I'm just special but do I need to use the desktop version to find them through the URL? Or am I missing something within the app.
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      Quote Originally Posted by ridingsupreme View Post
      App works perfect stop bashing the dev and suck it up.
      Try to send a text message using Siri.
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      Quote Originally Posted by slim.jim View Post
      Try to send a text message using Siri.
      That works fine for me. That's a problem with something other than this tweak. Sorry. I know I hate when others tell me it's working for them after I'm positive I've found a bug.
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      Quote Originally Posted by NewdestinyX View Post
      That works fine for me. That's a problem with something other than this tweak. Sorry. I know I hate when others tell me it's working for them after I'm positive I've found a bug.
      I disabled all the extensions except assistant enhancer like the dev said and when I would try to send a text it would start the process but, when it would ask me if I would like to send it would freeze up and require a reset. This was the only Siri tweak I had installed.
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      Quote Originally Posted by slim.jim View Post
      I disabled all the extensions except assistant enhancer like the dev said and when I would try to send a text it would start the process but, when it would ask me if I would like to send it would freeze up and require a reset. This was the only Siri tweak I had installed.
      When you add a new tweak - and have troubles, it can still mean the conflict is with a tweak you're using that others of us are not using. So just cause you experience a conflict with the new one you add (in this case this one) doesn't mean the tweak itself has a problem - but rather that it, in combination with another tweak, is the issue. Who's at fault? Well that's a perspective argument.. Lol!! But for me I have no trouble with Siri sending texts and this tweak present.
    1. slim.jim's Avatar
      slim.jim -
      Quote Originally Posted by NewdestinyX View Post
      When you add a new tweak - and have troubles, it can still mean the conflict is with a tweak you're using that others of us are not using. So just cause you experience a conflict with the new one you add (in this case this one) doesn't mean the tweak itself has a problem - but rather that it, in combination with another tweak, is the issue. Who's at fault? Well that's a perspective argument.. Lol!! But for me I have no trouble with Siri sending texts and this tweak present.
      Oh well, I got my money back but that was before the 1.0-1 release so maybe that bug has been fixed. I wasn't the only one having the text issues as well as other issues. Luckily I didn't have to restore to fix my issues, just uninstall.
    1. NewdestinyX's Avatar
      NewdestinyX -
      Quote Originally Posted by slim.jim View Post
      Oh well, I got my money back but that was before the 1.0-1 release so maybe that bug has been fixed. I wasn't the only one having the text issues as well as other issues. Luckily I didn't have to restore to fix my issues, just uninstall.
      Cool. I had first version before update. No problems with texting. But yeah - another "not for prime time ready" tweak. That seems to be all we're getting these days.