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  • [Review] VoiceUtils - The Siri-Based Action Toggles for iOS

    And the Siri tweaks start rolling in...

    Here comes a new era for jailbreaking, folks. The one and only Siri iDevice has been cracked open. Now begins the development for third party Siri support. One tweak that we have seen released into Cydia today has been dubbed VoiceUtils by iOS developer Nick Frey which allows you to use Siri for your iDevice booting needs. The only prerequisite to use it? You need Siri of course! This will work on an iPhone 4S or on any iDevice with a Siri port installed such as Grant Paul's and Ryan Petich's Spire port. You can even use it to replace GUI toggles such as SBSettings.

    Siri, until recently, has been limited to what Apple's wanted it to do. Thanks to the fact that it was opened up in the latest release of iOS 5.0.1, it is actually wide open for developers to improve upon it. The VoiceUtils tweak will let you invoke actions such as a hard restart (rebooting the iDevice), soft restart (respringing the iDevice), turning off the iDevice, or kicking yourself into Safe Mode. How do you do it? Just invoke Siri, then tell Siri what to do - done.

    This is great because you can use Siri to control the 'toggles' that you've always loved to use on your iPhone since the beginning of SBSettings. This means that you will not have a ton of software toggles cluttering Notification Center which helps with reducing lag and at the same time, you can make Siri more useful than it ever was before. Plus, if you're lazy, it means less taps for you. It makes a great combination with Hands-Free Control too.

    What are some of the downsides? Well, if you are telling your iPhone commands out loud such as respring, you might seem cool, but you will feel awkward when the non-tech-savvy girl next to you asks you what that means. Oh and additionally, if you're not a great speaker, Siri could always misunderstand you. It would be terrible if you asked Siri to reboot and you ended up respringing instead.

    Personally, I think that VoiceUtils is a great start for making Siri very useful. I hope to see more feature added to it or more Siri tweaks made that will make Siri a more powerful tool. VoiceUtils will not work with Voice Control. It requires iOS 5 because iOS 5 is the only iOS to support Siri. There are no settings to configure. Just install, respring, and use. VoiceUtils is free in Cydia right now, go and get it if it seems cool to you!

    Name: VoiceUtils
    Price: FREE
    Version: 1.0
    Repo: BigBoss
    Developer: Nick Frey
    Editor's Rating:  4/5

    How do you think that VoiceUtils could be improved? Tell us what you think in the comments.

    Sources: Cydia
    This article was originally published in forum thread: [Review] VoiceUtils - The Siri-Based Action Toggles for iOS started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 32 Comments
    1. Lewnsy78's Avatar
      Lewnsy78 -
      Sounds sweet I'm off to get it now!!
    1. NickFrey's Avatar
      NickFrey -
      Hi guys, thanks for the review! I've just submitted an update to VoiceUtils and later tonight it should be available, which adds the ability to launch any of your stock apps, app store apps, or webclips using Siri! Hope you enjoy.
    1. R.Mortera's Avatar
      R.Mortera -
      And the Siri tweaks starts rolling in.

      Awesome quote!
    1. frejes32's Avatar
      frejes32 -
      Anyone else having trouble with Cydia? I just jailbroke my 4S and I just keep getting errors and cache failures. It's probably because of the extremely heavy traffic right now, but I can't even get Cydia to load completely.
    1. Jbrooks424's Avatar
      Jbrooks424 -
      Quote Originally Posted by NickFrey View Post
      Hi guys, thanks for the review! I've just submitted an update to VoiceUtils and later tonight it should be available, which adds the ability to launch any of your stock apps, app store apps, or webclips using Siri! Hope you enjoy.
      WHAO!!! COOL!!! do u think ur gonna add the ability to toggle 3g, and wifi, and other sb settings toggles?
    1. hitman10's Avatar
      hitman10 -
      Quote Originally Posted by NickFrey View Post
      Hi guys, thanks for the review! I've just submitted an update to VoiceUtils and later tonight it should be available, which adds the ability to launch any of your stock apps, app store apps, or webclips using Siri! Hope you enjoy.
      Hey man great tweak. Thanks! and really hope we get to launch apps too.
    1. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      Quote Originally Posted by frejes32 View Post
      Anyone else having trouble with Cydia? I just jailbroke my 4S and I just keep getting errors and cache failures. It's probably because of the extremely heavy traffic right now, but I can't even get Cydia to load completely.
      It's fine for me, sounds like you should restore and jailbreak I had to do that myself, and now it's fast, the jailbreak is quick now cause most ppl have it, CYDIA IS SO FAST FOR ME
    1. NakedFaerie's Avatar
      NakedFaerie -
      It says you can use any Siri port. Does it have to work?
      The last Siri port I used did work for about 30 mins then stopped and refused to work after that.

      So Does it need to connect to Apple for this to work? If not I'll install it again and give this a go.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by NakedFaerie View Post
      It says you can use any Siri port. Does it have to work?
      The last Siri port I used did work for about 30 mins then stopped and refused to work after that.

      So Does it need to connect to Apple for this to work? If not I'll install it again and give this a go.
      Go ahead and try it and report back with results. Interesting question, but it's a question that I don't have the answer to.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Works for me. It's pretty nice. I'm sure we'll be getting a lot more from Siri in the next little bit which is awesome.
    1. Gigahawk's Avatar
      Gigahawk -
      Do I need a siri proxy for this to work if i use a ipt4?
    1. slayorktc's Avatar
      slayorktc -
      Quote Originally Posted by NickFrey View Post
      Hi guys, thanks for the review! I've just submitted an update to VoiceUtils and later tonight it should be available, which adds the ability to launch any of your stock apps, app store apps, or webclips using Siri! Hope you enjoy.
      Connect it to IMDB = Find quotes from TV and Movies, casts (Who was that actor in that one movie?)
    1. cgavula's Avatar
      cgavula -
      Yeah, unfortunately, this really didn't work very well for me at all. I have a standard mid-western American accent and the only command it would recognize was "reboot". I think it might need more work.
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      Anyone else having trouble finding it in the BigBoss repo? I refreshed it but still no joy...
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by frejes32 View Post
      Anyone else having trouble with Cydia? I just jailbroke my 4S and I just keep getting errors and cache failures. It's probably because of the extremely heavy traffic right now, but I can't even get Cydia to load completely.
      Definitely the heavy traffic. Should work now
    1. xclusiveiphone's Avatar
      xclusiveiphone -
      So far this is what i got:

      "Power off" = Power off device
      "Reboot" = Reboot
      "Safe Mode" = Enter Safe Mode

      "?" = Respring

      Anyone figure out what to say for respring? It would be nice if this came with a command list instead of leaving us guessing...
    1. DonnyCapone's Avatar
      DonnyCapone -
      awesome work. Is there any chance Siri can be made to dim or brighten the screen via voice commands?
    1. stentorian's Avatar
      stentorian -
      Quote Originally Posted by xclusiveiphone View Post
      So far this is what i got:

      "Power off" = Power off device
      "Reboot" = Reboot
      "Safe Mode" = Enter Safe Mode

      "?" = Respring

      Anyone figure out what to say for respring? It would be nice if this came with a command list instead of leaving us guessing...
      Restart Springboard is the command for Respring. It works, i've just tried it.
    1. hashiriya's Avatar
      hashiriya -
      you can respring by saying "Restart Springboard"
    1. j.eck.art.3d's Avatar
      j.eck.art.3d -
      Quote Originally Posted by NickFrey View Post
      Hi guys, thanks for the review! I've just submitted an update to VoiceUtils and later tonight it should be available, which adds the ability to launch any of your stock apps, app store apps, or webclips using Siri! Hope you enjoy.
      In the past, when I have told people that I had jailbroken every iDevice that I've ever owned and that I would highly recommend that they at least give it a try, I would always get the predictable question "why?"
      Well—this, my friends, is EXACTLY why I jailbreak. Thank you Nick Frey, you are a gentleman and a scholar. Thank you very much!