AssistantEnhancer picks up where Siri left off

By , Feb 23, 2013

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If you’re looking for a way to get more out of Siri, then a tweak like AssistantLove will most likely be of interest to you. That tweak, which was just recently updated to support iOS 6, allows you to play Spotify music using Siri, and integrates navigation and GPS features too.

Well, as of this week, there’s another option that you should consider trying, and it treads on much of the ground previously cultivated by AssistantLove. This new tweak, aptly entitled AssistantEnhancer, brings Spotify integration, along with a host of other features.

If the ability to search Amazon, find local events, search the App Store, and play Pandora sounds like something you’d like Siri to do for you, then you certainly want to check out AssistantEnhancer. It does all of the aforementioned, and much, much more. Take a look at our video walkthrough inside for a rundown of some of the tweak’s most outstanding features.

AssistantEnhancer adds a dump truck full of new features to Siri…so much so, that I probably won’t be able to cover every single feature in this overview. Chances are that even if you don’t like all of the features included with the package, you’ll find something that makes the tweak worth it to you.

Probably the biggest feature included with AssistantEnhancer is its ability to control music from not just Spotify, but Grooveshark and Pandora as well. On top of the basic Spotify song playing capabilities, there’s also the ability to configure up to two of your favorite playlists to control with your voice. Unfortunately, while I could get the playlist to load, the initial song featured in the playlist wouldn’t start on its own without a bit of coercion from a finger tap.

Pandora integration allows you to create a station for your artist of choice, and Grooveshark access allows you play one of that service’s plethora of songs. Needless to say, there’s a ton of musical content to be accessed using AssistantEnahncer. Fans of any of the three services mentioned will be enthused.

While the music playing aspects may sound like enough to warrant the tweak’s asking price, that’s just the beginning of things. AssistantEnancer features the Google Now inspired ability to search for local concerts and events. For instance, you can tell Siri to “Find a concert happening next week,” and you’ll be presented with a list of concerts in your area, right within the Siri interface. Tapping one of the listings will whisk you away to a webpage where you can learn more information, buy tickets, etc.

The same thing goes for searching the App Store. You can search for any app by name, and your results will be displayed directly within Siri’s interface. Tapping on one of those results will open up the App Store with the respective app in view, ready to purchase or download.

I must mention that there is a slight delay when performing queries such as these, and honestly, the delay can be quite annoying. It’s almost as if it’s waiting for the query to complete, and while it does, it makes you sit at a blank screen. Look at the video and judge for yourselves whether or not you think it’s a deal breaker.

Of course, you’ll find many more options embedded within AssistantEnhancer. You can search Urban Dictionary, search Google Images, search Amazon, and many other services, all by harnessing the power of your voice. There’s even a built in option that makes Siri remember where you parked your car, though I’ve yet to get that working as intended.

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The bottom line is that AssistantEnhancer does a whole lot of different things. It’s probably not the best in any one area, because the developer has spread himself so thin, but I still think it’s worth checking out. Hopefully with a little more time and care, AssistantEnhancer will completely come into its own. Until then, it’s hard not to recommend it simply because it does so many different things.

If you’re browsing this post on an iPhone, you can download AssistantEnhancer directly from Cydia’s BigBoss repo for $1.99 using this link. Please let me know what you think about it in the comments section below.

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  • mordechai eliyahu

    there is tweaks out there already like assistant extensions that are free plus tweaks for Siri to transilate and Sirisports and Siriinsults and many more why pay when those are free and does what this tweak does and more

    • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

      You beat me to it.

    • Rod Ferris

      It doesn’t work in iOS 6 yet.

      • mordechai eliyahu

        as long as Siri insults work with ios 6 I’m happy it’s good when u wanna insult someone

    • JamesR624

      In fact, I’m pretty sure AssistantEnhancer is an extention OF AssistantExtentions, so it doesn’t even work for iOS 6.1 or the iPhone 5 yet.

      Jeff really should start mentioning these things in the articles and/or videos so people don’t waste money on shit that doesn’t work.

      • ZaidElkurdi

        My tweak is compatible with both iOS 6 and the iPhone 5, it’s what I use. If you disable the default extensions for AssistantExtensions you’ll be fine.

      • Evad3_Me

        Your tweak crashes my phone, and others. Check reddit, buddy.

      • truncj

        Tweak works fine on iOS6/iPhone 5. Doesn’t work too well though sadly. Lyrics search is broken from what I could tell.

  • http://twitter.com/BouchardAnthony Anthony Bouchard

    That delay between queries didn’t happen for me. Do you have some other Siri tweaks installed as well?

    • Jeff

      Nope. None. The delay happened on two of my devices. I tested using an iPod touch 5th gen just to make sure it wasn’t my phone. Weird.

  • JaeM1llz

    Extremely buggy, good potential but I’ve uninstalled for now. There was really bad lag between when I said a command and when it retrieved the results(10-15 seconds)

    • http://twitter.com/chris12923 Chris Wagers

      Wonder what’s causing this delay. I haven’t noticed it yet either. Was it only during certain commands?

      • JaeM1llz

        It was any time I tried the “concerts near me” or “search the app store” or anything like that. When I tried the “remember where I parked” function it just sat there for a while “looking for my location” and then it told me to toggle location services off and on and reboot but that didn’t help either. Also, sometimes it will crash if I tell it to load a website or search amazon.

  • http://twitter.com/MLGJeanmarc JeanMarc

    Very good tweak, but it’s buggy because assistance extension has to be updated to IOS 6. Assistance extension will be updated in 1 or 2 weeks according to the developer.

    • Josh

      Yeah I’d defiantly recommend holding off on this one for a bit.

    • TonyVee73

      I hope that AssistantExtenstion fixes the glitch that causes my phone to respring when I try to use Siri to send a text message.

  • Josh

    It may have broken my ability to launch 50% or more of my apps with Siri. Anyone else notice this problem?

    • ZaidElkurdi

      Hi, please disable the “Standard” and “SBSToggles” extensions of AssistantExtensions and see if launching works.

  • http://twitter.com/_lemonhead94_ lemonhead

    Really dig the way u did this video !!! Just awsome, no fingers, no nothing just a clear shot. Jeff keep the good work up :D

  • Joe

    I’d love to give this a whirl, but I’ve read in many places there’s too many bugs to deal with. I’d even consider dealing with the bugs, but why do I have to pay for it first? Why can’t we try it with a trial period?

    • http://twitter.com/chris12923 Chris Wagers

      There were some bugs in the first release but in the 1.1 released earlier today it seems pretty bug free so far. I’m not saying you won’t find one but for me no issues so far with the basics.

      • Joe

        I didn’t know 1.1 was released. I’ll still wait for the feedback though. Thanks for the tip.

  • http://twitter.com/retace retace

    Would be cool, if you make an overview about all available Siri extensions!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=558812483 Gustavo Adolfo Mirabal

    I dont know but all these siri tweaks keep colliding with other tweaks and crashing my phone :-(

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

    Just out of curiosity will this work for iPad 3rd gen on ios 6.1.2?

  • SimonReidy

    I bought this tweak, but discovered it relies on AssistantExtensions to work which hasn’t been updated for iOS6 (there is no mention of that in the tweak’s description on Cydia or here). Even when I disable all the toggles in AssistantExtensions to off, (except for AssistantEnhancer), I’m still getting Siri freezing, and the only way to fix is with a hard reboot, so there’s definitely some issues.

    Until AssistantExtensions is updated to support 6.1 and above, I’d stay away from this tweak as its giving me nothing but problems on both my iPhone 5 and Pad 3. I look forward to updates though as it has a lot of potential.

  • http://twitter.com/Paulyboy69 Paul Natsch

    It mostly works for me, and is pretty nifty, but it appears to have broken Reminders on my iPhone 4S. I mean I can no longer make a reminder via Siri without getting the spinning beach ball behavior requiring a hard reboot. It does crash every once in a while with the spinning beach ball behavior in general but that’s been pretty rare. So if the reminders issue can be fixed this would be an awesome Siri extension. When you see some of the things this can do you start to seriously wonder what the heck Apple is doing with their time. With all their resources why can’t they add stuff like this?

  • http://twitter.com/0broncofan0 Mark

    This is fine but what about MyAssistant? :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/foxy.leah86 Leah Holmes

    After insulting this teak Siri stoped working on my iPhone 4s and iPad 4 I uninstalled it but some things still don’t work I can’t open apps or ask for weather if I do they just reboots my devise anyone help !!

  • http://www.facebook.com/foxy.leah86 Leah Holmes

    I insulted this tweak on my iPhone 4S and iPad 4 but both Siri s stoped working so I uninstalled it and still some things don’t work like opening apps and asking weather just reboots my devise anyone no how to fix my Siri please help :(