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!