While Siri still isn’t quite up to the mark when it comes to having back and forth conversations and asking obscure, complex questions, it’s gotten pretty good at some key things. Things that a lot of iPhone users use Siri for, like calling someone, sending someone an iMessage, time zone or currency conversion and the like. Siri is so good at these things that I usually skip the UI and ask Siri to do those things for me even when my fingers are right there on the screen (Hey Siri command really helps there). But there’s one more thing you can add to that list – device commands.
For whatever reason, Apple seems to greatly prefer Siri on iOS over Siri for the Mac. The virtual assistant debuted all the way back in 2011 alongside the iPhone 4s and just this year it finally moved to the Mac with macOS Sierra. But Apple still left one feature of Siri behind: “Hey Siri” activation.
Does Siri still not support your native language? Perhaps MoreSiri can help. The new tweak for jailbroken iOS devices adds 10 new languages to Apple’s virtual assistant — including Danish, Dutch, and Russian.
Have you ever found yourself asking the same questions from Siri over and over again? If yes, you’d probably be interested in a brand new jailbreak tweak known as QuickSiri that will save your precious time.
One of the cool new iOS 8 features of Siri is its integration with Shazam allowing you to use it to quickly identify which song is playing. All you have to do is to launch Siri and say the phrase “What’s this song” and it will quickly use Shazam’s music recognition service to display the name of the song along with its price tag in the iTunes Store.
UntetheredHeySiri: Jailbreak tweak lets you use ‘Hey Siri’ hands-free activation without being plugged in
Apple added a really useful feature to Siri, that lets you activate it hands-free just by saying “Hey Siri.” The feature sadly works only when your device is plugged in.
One of the coolest iOS 8 features is the Google Now-like “Hey Siri” feature, that allows you to activate Siri without having to press the Home button, which can be very useful while driving.
Unfortunately, the feature is available only when you’re connected to the power source.
Apple’s Siri voice assistant is great, but it’s simply limited and incapable in comparison the likes of Google Now (and now, Microsoft’s Cortana). Four college kids from the University of Pennsylvania have hacked together a solution for this called GoogolPlex, which extends Siri functionality to do things like control a Nest thermostat, Philips Hue lights, and more.
I prefer using Google’s Search app instead of Siri for couple of reasons, Google’s voice recognition technology does a better job of translating and I also love the way the text is streamed on the fly, so I can quickly figure out if it has translated what I saying correctly.
However, one of the disadvantages of using Google Search is the lack of integration with stock iOS apps like you have with Siri.