The iPhone has had “Voice Control” for quite awhile. And although many verbal commands are supported, the iPhone’s Voice Control still lacks the potential it could have.

You can already use Voice Control to make a call and play a song, but it’s a shame you can’t have more varied types of commands. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could use the iPhone’s native verbal recognition to look up a webpage or launch an app?

A new jailbreak tweak, by popular developer chpwn, will soon be released in Cydia. Its aim is to provide more customizability and functionality to the iPhone’s Voice Control…

VoiceActivator will have its own Settings panel where you’ll be able to edit voice commands like you would keyboard shortcuts on the desktop. For instance, let’s say that you want to open our site’s web app on your iPhone; assign “iDB” or “iPhoneDownloadBlog” as a command in VoiceActivator, say the command into Voice Control, and our web app will open in Safari. Pretty cool, huh?

VoiceActivator can open apps via voice commands as well. The demo video also demonstrates how VoiceActivator can set a voice command for taking a screenshot.

While I am not personally a fan of Voice Control on the iPhone, this new tweak may resurrect my interest in its capabilities. Who knows what cool stuff people will think of using VoiceActivator for.

We’ll keep you updated when VoiceActivator goes live in Cydia. We can’t wait to try it.

What do you think about this new tweak? Sound useful? Do you use voice commands on the iPhone already?

  • Zigge

    Awesome, but i don’t know if i will use voice controls anyways.

  • Drew

    wouldnt it be cool to just say “update apps” and it did it all for you

  • msxy

    does it work on 3g

    • Shrike1978

      Not a chance. Voice Control software isn’t present in 3G firmware, so there is nothing for this to enhance.

      • Marty

        Maybe that this jailbreak tweak would add the voice control to 3G, you know? That would be great

      • Shrike1978

        It uses existing functionality and adds on. It can’t work withtout that base. The Voice Control app isn’t even present in the 3G firmware, so there’s no possible way for it to work.

  • Shrike1978

    I’m all over this as long as it doesn’t interfere with Voice Controls defaults…I actually use voice dialing in the car.

  • Marty

    Hoping for 3G

  • I hoping too

  • msxy

    thx Shrike1978
    but i hope too

  • Chpwn has said that VoiceActivator will work on all devices that support Voice Control. So, as of right now, it should not be available on the iPhone 3G.

  • bc

    It took him about 10 times longer to take a screenshot than if he’d just done it the normal way.

    What I would really like is the ability to initiate a google search using voice command. Not just opening google.com. They way he did it you still had to manually type in your search words. Though in general it’s a step in the right direction.

  • ytgh

    My pod isnt compatible:(

  • JR

    voice control is only for the 3GS and 4.