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  • [How To] Using a Combination of Software to Mimic Siri Functionality

    Did you know that you can use a combination of Siri0us, Spotlight, and Google similarly to Siri?

    *DISCLAIMER* This isn't a guide on installing Siri on your iPhone 4. More details below.

    There was a jailbreak application in Cydia not too long ago for free, dubbed Siri0us. The awesome developer behind this cool little application is Eric Day. Siri0us uses the official iPhone 4S Siri GUI, but it uses Nuance to recognize your voice and put it into text on the iPhone's screen. Unfortunately, Eric Day seems to have removed Siri0us from Cydia. It probably has to do with copyright issues. Since it has been removed, there is no shame in posting the link to the old repo; here it is:



    This article is just to bring to your attention a concept of software combinations that can be used to achieve similar functionality to the real thing. This article isn't meant to re-introduce the software to you as we introduced it to you yesterday. Modmyi writer, Akshay Masand, reported on Siri0us and what it does, as well as how to get it for yourself yesterday.

    Since it has been released, if0rce's servers have been crashing on and off; probably due to heavy traffic from people wanting to download it, but that's not for sure. If you were one of the lucky ones who were lucky enough to install it (like me) then you might be reluctant to hear that you can psychologically fool yourself into thinking that you have Siri just by using a wicked awesome combination of Siri0us, Spotlight, and Google. While Siri0us is only dictation, and does not talk back to you, you can still intelligently ask your iPhone questions, and spotlight will do the rest for you. If you want to learn more about what I mean, check out this cool video that I made:



    So, while Siri0us will not talk back to you, or anything that Siri will do, you can still use it, Apple's Spotlight, and Google to closely mimic the functionality of Siri. The things you can ask are limited, but I was able to ask for weather, ask for math problems, and even ask what time it was and receive accurate answers from the Google search that was invoked using Spotlight, which was controlled by Siri0us. This is a cool little work-around, but it will never replace Siri.


    If you really want Siri0us, even though it's been removed from the repo, I know you can find it somewhere. Unfortunately, that's all the information I can give you. Tech-savvy people will have no problem figuring it out.

    What do you guys think about this clever little workaround that I found? Let me know in the comments below!
    This article was originally published in forum thread: [How To] Siri On the iPhone 4... started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 18 Comments
    1. onaireves's Avatar
      onaireves -
      if only they made an interface and a tweak so that you would not have to push search the web and so it would look like siri
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by onaireves View Post
      if only they made an interface and a tweak so that you would not have to push search the web and so it would look like siri
      Siri actually does look like that on the iPhone 4S. The dictation does (When you talk and it types what you talk). That is what will come up when you press the microphone button on the keyboard on the iPhone 4S.

      There are actually 2 parts to Siri. There is Siri dictation (which this jailbreak application is built off of using Nuance instead of Siri) which can be accessed by tapping the keyboard microphone key, and there is the Siri mainframe which can be accessed anywhere by holding the home button (this is the one you were referring to I think).
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      What is the point of this article? I'm not trying to be a smartass, I just don't see what new information is provided that wasn't in Akshay's article yesterday.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by mortopher View Post
      What is the point of this article? I'm not trying to be a smartass, I just don't see what new information is provided that wasn't in Akshay's article yesterday.
      The whole video that I just spent an hour making, was not in Akshay's article yesterday. This article is about the concept that you can use Siri0us and a combination of Google and Spotlight to mimic the functionality of Siri. Akshay's article was about introducing Siri0us to you for the first time. In this article we go more into depth with a video demonstration.
    1. ggab's Avatar
      ggab -
      Is there a way to block Anthony's "stories" from appearing on the homepage?
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      I don't understand everyone's problem with this article. This is competely different than the speach to text article that was posted yesterday. It adds different functionality and is, well, just different. Why is it that all comments on all articles are the same people ********? I admit, some stories are very one-sided, and it gets on my nerves how anti-android some writers are. But this has NONE OF THAT. If you all think it's so bad, just leave. Seriously, your input is neither helpful nor necessary.
    1. deefruben's Avatar
      deefruben -
      Siri0us wont work for me.. wtf.
    1. iZangetsu's Avatar
      iZangetsu -
      Quote Originally Posted by ggab View Post
      Is there a way to block Anthony's "stories" from appearing on the homepage?
      Oh leave him alone. Let him do what he wants, which is more than what your doing. If you don't have any interest in the article, you have the choice not to read it. His name and avatar is at the top of the headline so you can avoid it. Keep it up Anthony!
    1. PHARMIE's Avatar
      PHARMIE -
      Quote Originally Posted by iZangetsu View Post
      Oh leave him alone. Let him do what he wants, which is more than what your doing. If you don't have any interest in the article, you have the choice not to read it. His name and avatar is at the top of the headline so you can avoid it. Keep it up Anthony!
      He's just trollin...
    1. jobran's Avatar
      jobran -
      keep it up Anthony, there are few reports that the tweak can affect battery life. did you notice any battery life issue with this tweak ? i'm considering to install it.thanks
    1. Atari800's Avatar
      Atari800 -
      Quote Originally Posted by deefruben View Post
      Siri0us wont work for me.. wtf.
      It doesn't work on iPads

      I use Siri0us for speech to text where needed, but "Voice Actions" is pretty close to Siri functionality
    1. metaserph's Avatar
      metaserph -
      I don't have any battery issues with Siri0us. iP4 iOS5
    1. DnBKiD521's Avatar
      DnBKiD521 -
      Isn't there a tweak in Cydia that will automatically use spotlight to pull up search results from google? Anyone know what I'm talking about? What's the name of it?
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by jobran View Post
      keep it up Anthony, there are few reports that the tweak can affect battery life. did you notice any battery life issue with this tweak ? i'm considering to install it.thanks
      I go to sleep at 100% and wake up 12 hours later at 92%. I don't think it affects the battery that much. That's not a lot of power for 12 hours.
    1. landon418's Avatar
      landon418 -
      Wish it worked on iOS 4.1 ;(
    1. kos_maverik's Avatar
      kos_maverik -
      UPDATE: Eric Day removed Siri0us from Cydia due to legal reasons He'll reupload it again when he solves those problems.!
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by kos_maverik View Post
      UPDATE: Eric Day removed Siri0us from Cydia due to legal reasons He'll reupload it again when he solves those problems.!
      It's not a legal reason. It was removed because Nuance didn't want to power Siri0us.
    1. bencjedi's Avatar
      bencjedi -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      It's not a legal reason. It was removed because Nuance didn't want to power Siri0us.
      Will Siri0us stop working if you already installed it? Can Nuance differentiate a request made through an iPhone 4S from an iPhone 4 in the voice package bit it sends to translate the speech to text (presumably at Nuance)?