iDownloadBlog reports on a new package available for jailbroken iPhones that enables Siri-like dictation on previous generation iPhones. The package is called Siri0us and is being distributed via Cydia to jailbroken devices only.

Dictation works great on the iPhone 4, transcribing words into text rather quickly. The technology is actually Naunce-based dictation, but the end result is pretty much the same as Apple’s Siri. As you can see in the video, small ads are displayed in the bar above the mic icon. You will need an internet connection for the microphone to show up.

The package seems to emulate the Siri interface for dictation, but reportedly uses Nuance speech recognition on the backend. This video shows it in action:


There have been a number of attempts to port the entirety of Siri to previous generation devices, but those attempts have been limited by the need for Apple server authentication. This port bypasses Apple's servers and seems to use Nuance for the voice recognition engine. Of course, you won't get Siri's artificial intelligence features or sassy attitude, but you can get some on-the-go dictation.

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QuarterSwede Avatar
163 months ago
The sad thing is that it doesn't use Apple's servers (they currently require a 4S for authentication). Basically this is a dictation tweak made to look like native iOS 5 dictation, oh and with ads.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
gkpm Avatar
163 months ago
The free "Dragon Dictation" app on iTunes app store is also powered by Nuance (made by them even) and works pretty well. Don't think it even has ads.

Pretty silly to name this one Siri. Just attention bait from its author.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
haruhiko Avatar
163 months ago
If it's only the mic on the keyboard, it's Nuance dictation, there's nothing to
do with Siri, the intelligent assistant.

If it isn't even using Apple's server, I don't think there is any point for this article.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Angryipadguy Avatar
163 months ago
As above poster said this is not the true Siri. It's a rip off
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Dhelsdon Avatar
163 months ago
I am going to install this just because of it's integration with the default apps. Seems more useful to me then copying and pasting from Dragon
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
baller1308 Avatar
163 months ago
As above poster said this is not the true Siri. It's a rip off
True. I believe it uses Nuance's technology. This hack is only Siri Dication, not Siri, and it really could be named Nuance Dictation, just to be clear. It's just a Siri imitator.

I've installed it on my i4 running 5.0 and it works great. Not 100% accurate but that could be due to my poor enunciation.

Try this repo: siriforyou.bplaced.net/repo/
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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