One of Siri’s most useful feature is its ability to give you information and the best options based on your location. Unfortunately, the Siri’s local search feature is currently available only to US users.
We’ve some good news for international users. iPhone 4S users outside US no longer need to wait for Apple to add local search support for Siri – iPhone 4s’ personal assistant feature.
Zaid Elkurdi – a 16-year old iOS developer and hacker has released a new jailbreak tweak called International Locations for Siri that allows international users to also search for information based on information.
Users outside US will be able to get answers to question such as “Where’s the closest restaurant?”, “Find nearby hospitals”, etc. using Siri.
The jailbreak tweak currently supports English. Zaid is looking for help to add support for other languages, so do contact him if you can help.
The jailbreak tweak is an AssistantExtensions extension, so it will also install AssistantExtensions, if you haven’t installed it already.
International Locations for Siri is available on Cydia for $0.99.
Zaid has pushed an update for the jailbreak tweak (v1.1) to add support for more languages and fix the bugs in the initial version, which will be available shortly:
- Added language support for Swedish, Dutch, German, French, Indonesian, and Italian(Arabic, Hebrew, and Portuguese coming very soon)
- Fixed bug with “nearest”
- Fixed bug that didn’t allow directions in some languages(“current location”)
- Fixed bug where “me” would get picked up in query
- Expanded context for queries:
- Phrases like, “I’m hungry”, “I need food”, and, “I want some pizza”
- Can now use, “Navigate to” and “Direct me to”
- Can now use phrases like, “Where’s starbucks”, or, “give me directions to the closest store”,”How do I get to the nearest hospital”
- Added context words, “cashpoint”, “bp gas station”, etc.
- ”Where am I” now less buggy
- Added ability to ask for businesses in other cities, eg. “Find restaurants in Paris.”
Zaid also plans to add the following features in the future:
- Choice between units for distance
- 3rd Party Navigation Integration
We haven’t been able to test it out yet, but if you give it a shot let us know it goes.