Siri is a powerful tool that accompanies all iPhone 4S devices and many jailbroken iOS 5 devices. The voice assistant can do almost anything, from setting reminders, to giving directions, to sending messages, and then some. Unfortunately, most of Siri’s location-based functionality is limited to the United States, as asking her to look for something when you are in a foreign country yields the following message: “I can only look for businesses, maps, and traffic in the United States, and when you’re using U.S. English. Sorry about that.”
If you would still like the freedom to search for businesses, restaurants, banks, and other places you may need to know the location of while abroad even when you’re not in the United States, then iOS developer Zaid Elkurdi has created an add-on for AssistantExtensions, dubbed International Locations for Siri, that will give Siri the ability to search for these useful places and then tell you how far away from them you are even when you’re not in the United States.
If you live in the United States and you aren’t familiar with your surroundings in a foreign country, then chances are you don’t know where to find the nearest bank, convenience store, or restaurant. This tweak is great for almost anyone, whether you’re traveling internationally or if you live in a country that isn’t the United States. International Locations for Siri doesn’t allow you to use Google Maps to view directions for anything outside of the United States as the add on was not created to work in that context – it was created only to provide distances from nearby places. United States visitors or residents can already use Siri to get directions from Google Maps.
We also asked the developer about his motivation behind making International Locations for Siri. His response:
Originally Posted by Zaid Elkurdi
International Locations for Siri requires iOS 5 and Siri functionality and will work just fine with Spire. If you feel international access to having the ability to search for nearby places is an important asset, then this tweak is worth looking into. The add on will set you back 99˘ to grab your copy and it will automatically install AssistantExtensions if you don’t have it installed already. The add on is enabled and disabled on demand from the Settings application in the AssistantExtensions preferences pane.
Name: International Locations for Siri
Requirements: iOS 5, Siri capability
Developer: Zaid Elkurdi
Editor's Rating: 4/5
Sources: Zaid Elkurdi