5/20/2013 01:01:00 PM - 0 comments
We all got super excited when Siri was first introduced and the possibility of talking to our phones and getting it to do stuff had everyone fired up. Then of course, we got our hands on it and it just wasn't what we had hoped for at all. Siri fell short of what we thought and hoped it would do and for many it is just an additional feature on their iPhone.
When Google brought Google Now and Google Voice Search to iOS, we all got excited again and anyone who has used Google's Voice Search will tell you that it is really accurate at taking your words and turning them into text. It performs a lot better than Siri does anyway. But there is a problem, and that is that it can't handle things like setting reminders. You need to use Siri for this and that brings you back to square one. You can either put up with Siri or have no reminders, or you can use two apps.
For those who would prefer a solution, there is a new jailbreak tweak available called Googiri. This tweak is free on Cydia and it takes voice commands and routes them through Google's Voice Search system and then decides what to do with the output based on the way the question or command was posed.
An example of this would be if you said “Google for bread recipes”, the search would be done via Google. If you said something like “Siri, what will the weather be like tomorrow”, the request will go through Siri, but only after Google Voice search has done the voice to text heavy lifting. The result is a much more accurate transcription than Siri ever manages to give and you still get the best of both Siri and Google Voice search without having to fight with two different apps.
If you like the idea of Siri but find that it just doesn't work well enough, this little tweak could be just the thing. You will need to be running a jailbreak on your iPhone to use it so if you don't then we're afraid you are stuck with what you have. Why not give it a try and let us know what you think in the comments below.Read more...