New jailbreak tweak supplants Siri with Google Search

By , Nov 7, 2012

Well that didn’t take long. Just a week after Google’s revamped Search app with new voice technology made it into the App Store, a jailbreak tweak has been released that will allow users to supplant it for Siri in iOS.

The voice recognition tech in the new Google Search app has received a lot of praise for its speedy response times and accurate results. And now, thanks to the new tweak NowNow, you can access it from anywhere…

NowNow is a simple utility for jailbroken iOS devices that allows you to launch the Google Search app with an Activator function. There’s no Home screen icon, just a single option in Settings to select an Activator.

As you can see, it works pretty well. So whether you’re a fan of the Google Search app, or you’re on an older device that doesn’t have Siri and you’re looking to fill the void, this tweak is certainly worth checking out.

If you’re interested, you can find NowNow in Cydia, on the BigBoss repo, for free. You’ll obviously need a jailbroken device and the new Google Search App, which is also available for free, in the App Store.

Have you tried it yet? What do you think?

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  • http://twitter.com/DreadHeadSk8ter Corey Dunmore

    soooo much faster than Siri!

  • http://twitter.com/dummyDev Nikos Lykousas

    Where is Jeff ???

    • Damian W

      he could not wait any longer for new tweaks and he switched to Android :P

    • Jonathan Chiapas

      I got really surprised…!!! like O.O!!! and Jeff???

    • Oscar

      He listened to you!

  • http://twitter.com/Woscoe_ Keith

    I fux wit it. now if only i had my 5 jailbroken!

  • JerseyD

    This is really good for people on devices that don’t support Siri.

  • CollegiateLad

    But it still only does search, right?

    • pegger1

      Yes, that’s why it’s called google search app. This just allows you to activate it with a gesture.

    • http://twitter.com/EthanBB Ethan

      However weather, world clocks, unit conversion and few more things works like Siri.

  • Lordthree

    I finally got all the google crap OFF my phone. This app is just another excuse for them to track you. Pass

    (even the little chime noises sound cheap… Like windows 95 ish

    • pegger1

      Your tin foil hat is on too tight

      • Lordthree

        Dragon Go crushes this crap. Go buy a clue

      • Anthony Hufford

        Well, Google has been tracking me since 2001. Too late to go back now. :-P

      • http://twitter.com/GuyBey0ndC00L eDDie

        Indeed lol

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      only if you are signed in..lol

  • http://twitter.com/djthotsa Thotsa

    Jeff is off today

    • Oscar

      No he is not he is just a little late to the party :-P

  • wswalex

    perfect for my jail broken iphone 4 :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    i put this on my ipad 3 with 5.1.1 and it is fantastic.. super fast

  • http://twitter.com/DucoHD Duco™

    This is awesome! (for me on iPod 4G xD)

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucas.kunert Lucas Kunert

    Kinda makes me wish I still had a jailbroken phone now. Google Now is a big reason a lot of people are looking more at Android devices again. Personally, I’m debating on a Nexus 4.

    • http://twitter.com/GuyBey0ndC00L eDDie

      I think Apple is the big reason more people are starting to look at Google phone. Apple’s anti Google act is hurting them and us has a customer and owner of any Apple products. Apple needs to find a middle ground with Google again. Google voice search destroy Siri in every way. I’m PC I love and own iPhone 4S, 5 and iPad 3

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=49402594 Marlber ‘Malberto’ Cruz

    No more of that dreadful siri? FINALLY!!!

  • http://twitter.com/cudCopy cudCopy

    This is Tom and have a great day != This is Jeff with iDownloadblog

    • Oscar

      .. And Jeff is here to save the day

  • Irfan Tarique

    This is a siri replacement…not a a substitute !!!

    • Abid Patel

      It can be a substitute if you set it to use a different Activator method. Then you could technically use both Siri or Google Voice Search.

      • http://www.facebook.com/xxLIUZHENYUxx Liu Zhenyu

        No, it basically launches the app.

  • http://twitter.com/techguy276 Tom

    i’ve just gone through the comments on the video and i can believe that nobody has picked up on this. you don’t need a tweak to install it. just go to your activator settings and then assign short hold (or any activator action) to the google search app and you’ve basically you’ve just got that tweak.

    • http://twitter.com/warrenskipper Warren Skipper

      What this tweak does is invoke the voice function automatically, once the app is opened via an Activator action.

      • Anthony Hufford

        Bingo. Makes it much more seamless.

  • SoOptimistic

    This was out 2days ago. When is the tweak Lockinfo 5 coming out?

  • http://twitter.com/warrenskipper Warren Skipper

    The only thing this tweak does is invoke the voice function automatically, once the app is opened via an Activator action. Not bad, but initially I was thinking this was the updated VoiceSearch tweak.

  • SoOptimistic

    This was out 2Days ago. When will the tweak Lockinfo 5 coming?

  • sjah07

    Hmm. I can only perform one search; every following one will speak an answer (if I used voice) and shows this in the web frame: ’59hUXIj3[?][?][?]S[?][?]D[?][?][?][?]z[?][?][?][?]s[?] ‘. The ? is that white question mark in a black diamond that means the character isn’t supported. I’m using an iPod Touch 4g on iOS 5.1.1. Anyone else having this problem?

    The only way I can fix it is by deleting the stuff in the app’s Library folder or by reinstalling it.

  • Abid Patel

    It’s a shame that UK (and maybe other non US users) don’t get the option to “Speak Answers Back” in the latest Google Search update :(

  • http://twitter.com/intelxtreme Khan

    why not bring to non jelly bean supported android phones

  • MagicDrumSticks

    Or I can just switch to android.

  • http://twitter.com/monster_hazardo Roger Riekki

    Pretty awesome tweak.

  • http://www.facebook.com/felipe.drumond Felipe Queiroz Drumond

    Doesn’t substitute SIRI. Just make searchs :-

  • http://www.clubnokiard.com/ Frankie Bloise

    This is great!

  • http://twitter.com/GuyBey0ndC00L eDDie

    Wish my iPhone 5 was jailbroken Siri is slow and unuserable at times. I think Apple blocking everything Google is stupid but it’s also making Google step there game up in big ways. Google been on fire lately. We’re Apple has slow’d down and annoying buggy. Just my option..

  • Jeff Cowan

    works perfect, better than siri. Thanks for tip!!!