It has hardly been two days since the jailbreak dream team have released tools to jailbreak iPhone 4S, but we’re already seeing iOS developers coming up with interesting new ways to extend the functionality of iPhone 4S.
Ever since Apple introduced Siri – one of the most popular features of Apple’s new iPhone, we’ve been dreaming of the day when we could use Siri without using the Home button. In our opinion, tapping the Home button is one of the most non-intuitive ways to activate such a feature like Siri.
iOS hacker and developer – Brock Haymond has recently released a jailbreak tweak call Hands-Free Control that makes that dream a reality.
Unfortunately, it means that it can end up being a drain of your iPhone’s battery life, which is the most likely reason why Apple did not make it an “Always on” feature.
Here a brief description of the jailbreak tweak from Cydia:
Hands-Free Control provides a continuous listening service on your device to activate voice functions, even while in sleep mode. When you speak the keyword, Siri (on the iPhone 4S or via Spire on other devices) or Voice Control will be activated without pressing any buttons, and then wait for further voice input.
Normally you have to press and hold the home button for several seconds to activate these voice functions, but now with this app these features are completely hands-free! Just speak the keyword! The service also works with headphones and bluetooth headsets.
Haymond also claims:
Hands-Free Control™ will also automatically and continually calibrate to the current ambient noise in your environment to filter out noise from speech. If you have trouble with your iPhone recognizing when you say the keyword you can adjust the sensitivity to the keyword in the settings. If you unintentionally activate Voice Control at any time, simply say “Cancel” and it will quickly exit.
You can change the keyword to activate Siri, change the settings that could have lesser impact of battery life etc via the Settings app.
You can check out the video demo of the Hands-Free control jailbreak tweak below:
Hands-Free Control is available on Cydia for jailbroken iPhone 4S for $2.99.
As always, let us know what you think of Hands-Free Control in the comments.
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