Jailbreak tweaks make it easier to integrate third-party applications into Siri. Recently, I tested AssistantLove that supports the iOS 6, allows Spotify to play music and has GPS integration.
I found another gem worth downloading. It improves Siri’s search options and from the name itself, AssistantEnhancer enhances voice control functions. It’s more than you expect – beyond weather forecasts and sports updates.
What the heck?
AssistantEnhancer is one heck of a tweak loaded with tons of features – so much features that I hope I would be able to discuss all of them in a single post.
Are you looking for more ways on how to integrate third party applications, aside from Spotify, Waze and GPS, more than what the AssistantLove could do?
Then this would interest you.
Chances are, even if you don’t like some of the features in the package, you will certainly find a function that?s worth it.
Zaid Elkurdi developed AssistantEnhancer and it’s available on BigBoss repository for a commercial package tagged at $1.99. This tweak is compatible with iOS 5 and 6 requiring Siri compatibility.
AssistantEnhancer picks up where Apple left off with Siri by addressing some of their glairing oversights and adding a slew of new features.
How does it work?
Here are the highlights of AssistantEnhancer:
Third-Party Music apps Integration - One of the biggest features of this tweak is the ability to control music via Spotify, Grooveshark or Pandora. For Spotify, it has song-playing capabilities and allows you to configure up to two of your favorite playlists using voice control.
While the above-mentioned feature can be done using voice control, one drawback of this feature is the initial song in the playlist wouldn’t play automatically unless you tap the screen.
Pandora integration allows you to create a station for your favorite artist while Grooveshark allows you to play music from its plethora of lists and songs.
Overall, if you’re a music lover, and a big fan of any of these three major music apps, you’ll find AssistantEnhancer useful.
Specific Search Integration - Another notable feature of AssistantEnhancer allows users to search images using voice control. In return, Siri gives the first photo or image result. For example, if you command to search for an iPad image using Google Images, “Search Google Images for iPad” it will show an image result within the Siri interface.
However, it will only show the first image (mostly, the recent image) from Google Images providing you an option to save or copy. This functionality needs an improvement. Probably, a slideshow option of the search results would be better.
You can search for local events. Though it will take a few seconds as it tries to pull the latest search results, this feature is surely one heck of functionality that’ll provide links for tickets and necessary info. (Toggle on Local Events under its settings and turn on Location Services under Privacy tab)
Try commanding Siri to search on Amazon or EBay for shopping items, and it will direct you to links via Safari. It supports shortcut for popular websites.
That’s not all! This tweak allows you to search apps on App Store. Though it will take a few seconds, (you’ll see a blank screen within Siri) just like how you search for local events, it’ll surely take you the corresponding results.
Try this: “Search Angry Birds on App Store”
You can integrate Urban Dictionary searches too. Tell Siri to remember where you parked. However, though most of the tweak’s features are impressive, this is another drawback I found. It doesn’t remember the direction. I think the developer should start working in this area.
How’s the tweak?
Honestly, performing the queries I mentioned above takes a few seconds. So if you don’t mind a bit of delay, but would like to enjoy the perks of these tweak, then head to Cydia and try it yourself.
Make sure the “Standard” and “SBS Toggles” extensions are disabled under AssistantExtensions preferences to avoid crashes. You can customize the functions under Settings app.
I find a few drawbacks with AssistantEnhancer, but I cannot help not to share it with you because it does many different things.
Again, It’s available on Cydia for $1.99.