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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. NakedFaerie's Avatar
      NakedFaerie -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      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.
      I would but I got my phone the way I like it and its all working nicely atm. I dont want to mess things up with a Siri port.
      I have tried 4 ports and only 1 worked but it had to be manually edited to keep the phone working so I dont really want to put another port on till someone else with a siri port already installed tries it out and tells us how it goes.

      I gotta remember the REPLY at the bottom of a post is for the NEXT post NOT the one your wanting to reply to. Stupid way its set up atm but most of this site is set up stupidly. It's got so many bugs its pre-alpha...
    1. LearningMan's Avatar
      LearningMan -
      Great little tweak, especially in conjunctions with Hands-Free. Now... if I only had a way to EXIT Siri back to the SB without having to tounch the Home button, that would be the BOMB.

      Anybody have any ideas?
    1. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      It works with Siri proxy as it is hardware. Should work without a proxy server, but I am not 100% sure.
    1. realism's Avatar
      realism -
      Quote Originally Posted by hashiriya View Post
      you can respring by saying "Restart Springboard"
      doesn't work... "Sorry, I don't understand 'Restart springboard"
    1. srome95's Avatar
      srome95 -
      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...
      Say "restart springboard"
    1. MOJO5873's Avatar
      MOJO5873 -
      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.
      How do I use it to open apps? Siri just says she can not do that.
    1. Cmds187's Avatar
      Cmds187 -
      Thanks great more to come
    1. Am_I_Evil's Avatar
      Am_I_Evil -
      just got the update...the opening of apps is pretty great...add some settings toggles and this thing would be perfect...
    1. truncj's Avatar
      truncj -
      Quote Originally Posted by realism View Post
      doesn't work... "Sorry, I don't understand 'Restart springboard"
      "Restart Springboard" worked for me!
    1. robbp's Avatar
      robbp -
      Anyone figure out how to make the webclips work? Anytime I try to launch a webclip, it says "Sorry, I can't find that app". Yes, I have v1.1 installed, yes SIRI is recognizing the name of my webclip, it's just not launching it. I've webclipped a URL that opens a webpage connected to my X10 controller for turning on/off room lights. It would be great if SIRI could launch that webclip to turn the lights on/off to avoid using SIRIproxy. Just need to know why the webclips aren't launching
    1. Sk37cH's Avatar
      Sk37cH -
      Quote Originally Posted by DonnyCapone View Post
      awesome work. Is there any chance Siri can be made to dim or brighten the screen via voice commands?
      This is working for me through another extension. I won't mention it here, as I'm not to sure of the courtesies to be respected. Just search "siri" in cydia and you will see most of the tweaks. What I would like to know, is do these various tweaks interfere with each other. I'd like the third party app launch feature of VoiceUtils, but prefer the added features of the settings toggles of the other extension. It's still early days, so I'm patiantly anticipating what the dev's have to offer in the future.

      For other related problems, may I recommend some diagnostics to follow, as It is known that Siri doesn't always recognize certain words (I'm from Australia, and I believe we had real problems with her at first) :P
      1.) Say you're command to Siri
      2.) If there is a typo, or the app is miss-spelled, then touch the command error, and manually enter it in the text field.
      3.) If she Siri responds "I can't do that for. Me. I'm sorry I can't help" (or some gibberish like that), then she knows what you want, she just won't do it. Some extensions only enable the opening of default apple apps.

      I hope this helps, and thanks again to Nick Fray for a great extension
    1. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      Its All Free^

      Bluetooth Controls and Much More

      It's SiriUtils - I think Bigboss has it now but it's also at:

      You can also change Siri to red/green/blue/yellow/ or rainbow colors when you talk