Have you ever wanted Siri to be more useful?
Let's face it. Some of us have access to Siri and we sometimes find ourselves limited by what she is capable of. Have you ever wanted to simply use Siri to do something that she couldn't? There's an app for that! Or, should I say, tweak. It's true folks. If you want to make Siri more useful than she already is, then now you can with a free jailbreak tweak dubbed AssistantExtensions
by iOS developer K3A. It's a special package that lets developers make additional extensions for Siri so that you can make her know how to do more things.
Since AssistantExtensions itself is just an architecture for developers to work off of, it doesn't really have features of its own. It just opens doors for developers to make Siri do more. But, to start you off and to keep it exciting, the developer also included a few extensions within it. The first built-in extension is demonstrated by the image above and it lets you have a conversation session with Siri. You just say something like, "Let's chat" and Siri will launch the chatting extension from this tweak to talk with you. I guess it's a way to pass time if you're bored; right?
The second extension that is built in is a YouTube search function that allows Siri to location YouTube and search for specific keywords that you ask her to look for. So let's say you saw a video on YouTube not too long ago and you don't quite remember the name of it. All you remember is that the title had the word, "bird" in it. Simply launch Siri, ask her to search for, "bird" on YouTube, and the next thing you know, you have a ton of search results from YouTube containing the word, "bird" in their titles. Below is a demonstration image of using the YouTube search function through Siri:
AssistantExtensions doesn't come with any options to configure nor does it add any icons to the home screen; it only comes with the ability to open up Siri's capabilities. We hope that developers will find this tweak useful because honestly, Siri doesn't do a whole lot. The things that we see Siri doing in Apple's television commercials are redundant and boring and are used in rarely any of our daily lives. This plugin should allow us to make her do more things - and who knows, perhaps Apple will take some tips from this development and integrate them into Siri the same way that we saw with Apple taking ideas from the jailbreak community to improve iOS 5.
AssistantExtensions does require both iOS 5 and Siri functionality and it will work on devices were Siri has been ported such as the iPhone 4. To make extensions, developer need only to follow the simple instructions that the developer of AssistantExtensions included in Cydia - link to those instructions here
. Grab it and try it out; it's free in Cydia!
Are you going to have in-depth conversations with your beloved Siri? Share in the comments.