Siri Dictation Now Available For Free On the iPhone 4, iPod touch 4G, iPhone 3GS [Video]

By , Nov 27, 2011

Hackers have been trying to port Siri to older iDevices since the virtual assistant was announced alongside the iPhone 4S. Siri doesn’t technically require the new handset’s A5 processor and increased memory, so limiting the technology to the 4S is clearly a marketing maneuver.

We’ve already seen Siri running on an iPhone 4, so we know it’s possible. But those instances required special circumstances, and we didn’t know if we’ll ever see a public release. Siri’s dictation feature has now been made publicly available in Cydia for the iPhone 4, and it actually works.

Developer Eric Day has uploaded a jailbreak package entitled Siri0us. Day describes his tweak as “Siri dictation for your iOS 5 devices. No iPhone 4S keys/files required.” And believe it or not, the utility actually works. We’ve tested it out on a couple of iDevices.

Dictation works great on the iPhone 4, transcribing words into text rather quickly. The technology is actually Naunce-based dictation, but the end result is pretty much the same as Apple’s Siri. As you can see in the video, small ads are displayed in the bar above the mic icon. You will need an internet connection for the microphone to show up.

We have also confirmed that Siri0us works on the iPod touch 4G.

To get Siri Dictation running on your jailbroken iDevice, simply add http://apt.if0rce.com to your list of Cydia sources and search for “Siri0us.”

The developer has noted a bug that some may run into when trying to install. If your iDevice keeps respringing, do not restore! Use a SSH tool to remove the /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/AssistantServices.framework file.

It took us 5 or 6 retries to download the package, so if you get any errors just back out and start over. Also, keep in mind that we have the tweak running on testing devices with no personal information on board as a precaution. However, we have no reason to believe that Siri0us is dangerous.

Update: Several readers have tipped us that this does indeed work on the iPhone 3GS.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Diakogiannis/1209608266 John Diakogiannis

    the dictation software on my phone works great. Oh, wait, i have a galaxy s2, not an iphone 4, sorry. :) Cant wait to try this on my ipad 2.

  • Pete Alexandrou

    removed

  • http://www.facebook.com/d0ntp4n1c Aaron Penick

    Installed ok with me. Haven’t completely tested other then hitting the mike and saying “testing” lol

  • http://twitter.com/PeterDTown Pete Townshend

    iPod Touch *4G*? Uh… what is that? lol

  • jose castro

    works like a charm

  • http://www.bloise.co.uk Frankie Bloise

    works very nice, hope they can sort some languages (spanish, french, italian, german) will be most appreciated!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kike-Pineda/1630358526 Kike Pineda

    didn`t work in ipad 1st Gen! :(

  • Anonymous

    thought of a cool thing today to do with this.

    get linkspot and searchcommandprefs from cydia and dosome custom links. pretty cool stuff with siri0us installed.

  • http://twitter.com/xAcolz Martin Polák

    REMOVED! DONOT ASK WHY!
    That’s said in the package description

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1051992028 Pieter Claeys

    If I try to add http://apt.if0rce.com but cydia sais repository not found

  • Ra Woojin

    Is Siri Dictation included in the package or what?

  • Ra Woojin

    Is Siri Dictation included in the package or what?

  • http://twitter.com/cstophp cs ostini
  • http://twitter.com/DnBLov3 Alex =]

    WHEN I DOWNLOAD IT FROM SOURCE,IT WRITES IN BLACK SCREEN SMTH LIKE 404 NOT FOUND

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=510327035 Koj Daddie Vang

    why does my keeps on saying 404 not found??? help somone

  • http://twitter.com/Cberter Cameron Bell

    I get a http 404 error