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