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  • VoiceActivator Tweak Coming to Cydia


    The developer behind a number of popular Cydia titles is getting ready to release a new voice control tweak that greatly extends native iOS functionality. Grant (@chpwn) Paul, who developed ProSwitcher with @Ryan Petrich, is previewing his upcoming VoiceActivator tweak via a YouTube video he's posted on Twitter.

    Many people who have used Voice Control on the iPhone have noticed the severe limitations of the app. If you want to do anything more than make voice or FaceTime calls, listen music or find out what time it is, Voice Control isn't going to be much help to you. What VoiceActivator does is give you a speech interface to @rpetrich's Activator, so you can use voice commands to do any action that Activator supports, like launching apps and opening webpages. In the video, @chpwn shows off how you can use VoiceActivator to take a screen shot.

    It's only been a little over a month since @chpwn asked people if they'd be interested in such an app, so the response was apparently good enough to motivate him. Much as the ProSwitcher app presaged iOS 4 multitasking, this tweak might be a preview of things to come: Apple has been hiring top voice recognition talent and may be adding functionality like this to future versions of iOS. jailbreakers, as usual, won't have to wait that long: @chpwn says he hopes VoiceActivator will be up on Cydia this week.

    Source: Twitter
    This article was originally published in forum thread: VoiceActivator Tweak Coming to Cydia started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 78 Comments
    1. Moosestache's Avatar
      Moosestache -
      Quote Originally Posted by abcdecals View Post
      Thanks!I won't upgrade until there is a jailbreak involved.
      Um, I'm on 4.1 and jailbroken, I thought you could have an untethered jailbreak on 4.1, something probably changed since I did it.
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by Moosestache View Post
      Um, I'm on 4.1 and jailbroken, I thought you could have an untethered jailbreak on 4.1, something probably changed since I did it.
      ^ you can, use limera1n or greenpois0n
    1. abcdecals's Avatar
      abcdecals -
      How do I get 4.1 jailbroken? what the process to do it from 4.0 jailbroken?
      is it worth it?
    1. virtualcappy's Avatar
      virtualcappy -
      This app is awesome... This is a function the iPhone ought to have natively. If you drive alot and have a Bluetooth headset this app is well worth five bucks. Great job by the devs. Would be cool if you could put spoken text into the clipboard though. I don't see why you couldn't do it since the app is capable of speaking back to you. That way you could put addresses into google maps or navigon via voice. Already it's sweet to be able to launch navigon but it would be even better if I could say "copy... 1234 fifth street Fargo north Dakota" then "navigon", click on google search and say "paste".
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      yea very slick
    1. theomer's Avatar
      theomer -
      @virtualcappy

      I would recommend Dragon Dictation from the app store. it is free, and for a long time I've had activator set the "short hold" of the home button to launch it, then it dictates at the press of a button (you need data, but my TMo edge suffices to translate voice to text).
      Finally it provides a way to send a text or email from within the app, or simply copy the text to clipboard.

      I liked it better in the first release where it would actually switch to the SMS/mail app and open a blank message.

      anyway, so now you can just launch it, dictate-copy to clipboard, then use voice activator to switch to ur intended app and paste.
    1. Moosestache's Avatar
      Moosestache -
      I have both dragon and vlingo, vlingo is much much easier to use to send texts and emails.

      No one has said why voiceactivator is better then vlingo yet. I click on vlingo hit the speak button say text mat hello, hit end and then send. I'm done. I say google and it opens up google on my browser. I say find pizza hut and it gives me the phone number and a map to pizza hut. Not sure what else I need it to do, maybe someone can enlighten me.
    1. abcdecals's Avatar
      abcdecals -
      I use VoiceActivator with my Bluetooth, in the car I say Pandora and it opens and plays in my car speakers.
    1. Moosestache's Avatar
      Moosestache -
      But you hit the voice activator button then when it starts up you say pandora right? So how is that better than hitting the pandora button?
    1. virtualcappy's Avatar
      virtualcappy -
      With a Bluetooth headset you can just reach up and hit the activator button on your ear. I'd argue that even without it it's easier to just hold the hold button and speak while driving than to scroll through app icons. I also hate the ios multitask aspect that the turn by turn continues when you close the app... What a ridiculous idea to have apps "always background". It's a pain in the neck to have to double click then hit the little x while driving to shut the directions off when you're done. I use sbsettings removebg and this works well with voice activator.

      The key advantage of va over vlngo is it's ability to open apps/urls and carry out sbsettings functions. It's extremely versatile... I think I'll find more and more uses for it.
    1. Moosestache's Avatar
      Moosestache -
      Oh I get it, I don't do the bluetooth bit but that would certainly be easier. Can you do an email or text with it, by saying text Mike hello, and have it text or email someone directly? That's what I find I use the VR stuff the most for.
    1. dharris's Avatar
      dharris -
      I am sure everyone know this but i also found you could extend VA with URL schemes which make it that much more convenient to use. Couple of examples

      To open an SMS to a specific person
      1) Use URL - sms:tel_number (ie sms:8005551212)

      To open an email to a specific person
      1) Use URL - mailto:emailaddress (ie mailto:[email protected])
      2) Multiple recipients use URL - mailto:emailaddress1,emailaddress2 (ie mailto:[email protected],[email protected]) Or (mailto:[email protected]?cc=[email protected])
      3) Add a precanned subject use URL - mailto:emailaddress?&subject=subject_matter (ie mailto:[email protected]?&subject=Hello)
      4) Add precanned body text use URL - mailto:emailaddress?&subject=subject_matter&body=body_text (ie mailto:[email protected]?&subject=Hello&body=Where%20have%20you%20been?

      To open Navigon to a specific address to go Navigate:
      1) Use URL - navigon://YourAppName[this is a placeholder,dont have to change it]%7CPOI%7CCountry-FederalState%7CPostal/Zip%7CCity%7CStreet%7CHouseNumber%7CLongitude%7CLa titude (ie navigon://YourAppName%7CApple%7CUSA-CA%7C95014%7CCupertino%7CInfinite Loop%7C1%7C-122.031906%7C37.330908

      To open TomTom to a specific location (although you can just use coordinates)
      1) Use URL - tomtomhome:geo:action=show&lat=40.785229&long=-73.980530&name=424%2520West%2520End%2520Ave,%2520New%2520Yor k%2520NY

      To Open Facebook to specific pages:
      fb://profile – Open Facebook app to the user’s profile
      fb://friends – Open Facebook app to the friends list
      fb://notifications – Open Facebook app to the notifications list
      fb://feed – Open Facebook app to the News Feed
      fb://events – Open Facebook app to the Events page
      fb://requests – Open Facebook app to the Requests list
      fb://notes- Open Facebook app to the Notes page
      fb://albums – - Open Facebook app to Photo Albums list
    1. Moosestache's Avatar
      Moosestache -
      Ok, I guess I am confused, what do I do with VA if I want to text someone and I don't want to type anything? Once I have it set up, I guess, if I want to text someone a non canned message what do i have to do?
    1. dharris's Avatar
      dharris -
      Cant right now.

      Here is how i would think about it. vLingo (along with many other apps like Google, Bing, etc) allow you to voice search for things in google or search on a map. vLingo also supports updating facebook and twitter via voice as well (although i never use it for that). The "killer" vLingo feature is ability to do voice SMS and voice email although they are a combined $10 add-on. This is what you asked above.

      VoiceActivator extends Voice Control. VC as it exists on iphone today lets you use voice to call contact, play an album/artist/playlist on ipod, and ask for the time. VA extends this by allowing you to control many other parts of the iPhone. You can voice launch any app, control your settings like using your voice to turn off bluetooth, wifi, 3G, take a screenshot, turn off the phone, etc. When VA launches an app, some apps support further action. For instance, Navigon and TomTom allow you to specify a URL to launch a specific place to navigate to. This can all be set in VA. Other apps like facebook allow you to open FB to a specific section. And then of course VA can be set to open specific web sites that you visit often (distinct from searching in google; this is when you know where you want to go to - ie I use to navigate to the different specific forums i follow. Much quicker than opening up browser, finding the right forum in my saved bookmarks, and navigating to it).

      Personally I use vLingo and VA. The two of those save me tremendous time with typing. I use them equally as much.

      Hope that helps.
    1. jmcelroy's Avatar
      jmcelroy -
      Oh my God I can't wait! Can I have a demo version now please!?
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by jmcelroy View Post
      Oh my God I can't wait! Can I have a demo version now please!?
      It's already been released...
    1. Mosschopz's Avatar
      Mosschopz -
      Thanks alot for these how did you figure the sat nav urls - they rock! My coordinates however are a bit off, even when taken from within the Tomtom app! Can you show me an example address then how to enter it if possible - have you found any more?? Seriously loving this though.
    1. mobyguy77's Avatar
      mobyguy77 -
      this looks AMAZING, but I have one problem: Depends gsc.armv7 . I've heard it before on some other stuff, but i'm not sure on how to fix it... help anyone, because this looks amazing!?

      BUMP, I really wanna know this!