Googiri is Google voice search meshed with Siri

By , May 15, 2013

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I don’t think I’ve left it up to sleuthing to understand that I pretty much loathe Siri. It’s a great idea no doubt, but the execution is so poor that it makes me hate the service. Perhaps I’m in the minority, but Siri rarely, if ever, does what I want it to. I ask her for directions to Starbucks, and she replies with “I can’t find a place called scarred duck.” It’s really pathetic.

So imagine how ecstatic I was when I first tried out the voice search embedded into Google Now. It was amazingly accurate, fast, and it didn’t sound like an old worn out robot from the 70′s. Sad to say, but this is the how Siri should be. Google owns the new gold standard for voice recognition…

Eventually Google’s voice search made it into the Google Search iOS app. In the blink of an eye, a couple of jailbreak tweaks appeared that allowed you to invoke the Google voice search using an Activator gesture. This made it so that Google’s voice search could function similar to Siri.

While this was a good stopgap, sadly there are certain commands that the Google voice search just can’t handle. Setting up reminders doesn’t work, neither do sending new tweets and posting new messages to Facebook. In fact, none of the system level commands work with Google voice search. What to do now?

Well, it took a while, but we finally have a solution, or at least a stopgap that’s closer to the final solution; it’s called Googiri, and it’s a tweak that allows you to execute Siri commands directly from the Google voice search interface. It makes it so that you can handle all of your voice command needs from one handy interface and shortcut. It’s not a perfect solution, but it’s the best solution that we have thus far.

Googiri is a very simple jailbreak tweak that places a preference panel in the stock Settings app. The Googiri preferences contain three toggles for managing how the tweak operates. The first toggle — Enable Googiri — is an overall kill switch for toggling the entire tweak on or off. The second toggle — Send All to Siri — is a switch that allows you to route all commands to Siri. The final toggle — Route System — is a setting for routing all system commands to Siri.

That may all seem a bit complicated, but it’s actually fairly simple and straightforward. If you enable just the first option — Enable Googiri — then all commands will be routed to Google as normal, except when you preface a command with the word “Siri.” Anything prefaced with that word will be routed to Siri instead.

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With Send All To Siri enabled, it’s the exact opposite effect. With this mode enabled, all commands will be sent to Siri, and only when you preface a command with the word “Google” will the command be sent to Google.

Lastly, we have the new Route System toggle. It allows for the most natural use of both Google voice search and Siri. Unless you state a command that Siri recognizes as a system command, then all of your commands will be sent to Google. So if you say “show pictures of an elephant,” Google will do its thing and pull up pictures of elephants. But if you say, “Remind me to walk the dog,” then Siri will step in and schedule a reminder. A full list of all of the system commands are included in Googiri’s preferences.

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As I stated, it’s a bit hard to explain this tweak without actually seeing it in action. For this reason I’ve created a video to help walk you through the steps. Although it’s a bit clunky switching between Google and Siri’s interfaces, Googiri is without a doubt the best jailbreak tweak for enjoying the best speech recognition software, while still maintaining your iPhone’s stock Siri functionality.

For those wondering, it’s recommended that you combine this tweak with something like NowNow in order to get the maximum effect. Check out our full NowNow walkthrough for more information.

Googiri is available free of charge on Cydia’s BigBoss repo. Do you think it’s a decent compromise for those of us who like to use Google voice search instead of Siri? Share your thoughts about it all in the comments section below.

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  • http://twitter.com/rick5up Ricky

    Cool name hahahhaa. The son of siri and google

  • Vidhu Singhal

    I was waiting for this. Thank you!

  • iosPixel

    You ended the video different! :)

  • http://djterm.de/ Robo Term

    works well for me

  • Eldaria

    Awesome!!!!

  • Jerry

    Now this is cool

  • wadjj

    tried and not like it,cuz whenever siri needs extra info or need to respond, it still uses siri’s stupid/slow voice recognition. I wish google and apple never had broken up.

  • Archit

    Old style review videos are back?
    Bcoz i love it…

  • Milad Khahil

    Works very nice , just wish now now has Bluetooth activation method , since i always have my Bluetooth on

  • http://twitter.com/RooneyTimothy Timothy Rooney

    Flawed in a few ways. It’s impossible to get navigation instructions unless you route all the queries through Siri…which kills the superior results of non-system commands that Google offers. Additionally, it’s pretty annoying that when it pushes a query to Siri, it makes the Siri prompt sound and then the sound as if it didn’t hear anything. It’s a nice start, but far from perfect.

  • http://twitter.com/jaredgibby Jared Gibby

    Wow…this is one tweak I’ve been waiting for! Awesome.

  • Dmaez

    I actually really like this tweak. I have it set so if I push the home button three times it goes to Now and if I long hold it it goes to siri. The only thing that could use some work until I fully just use google now/siri would be navagation. Also the way it gets to siri is a little bit messy. I also wish it would use the Googles voice instead of siris voices all the time personally. Anywase good start though and I can see how it will be extremely useful and the best of both worlds. ONce this thing gets spruced up a little bit it will be great!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeroen.claassens Jeroen Claassens

    The downside to this and nownow is that without a siri supporting device there are no response voices… Or not for me on my ipod touch 4G anyway.

    • http://blog.harhigh.com Ranger187

      The ipod touch 4g doesn’t support Siri, your complaint isn’t valid.

      • iOops

        I think that was the point.

  • https://twitter.com/N_2the_ATE Nate

    Awesome, best of both worlds.

  • Nino Vitale

    I started to say Google but I meant Siri. Googiri! haha

  • http://twitter.com/doorsunopened Jason J.

    This is great!

  • Steve

    Doesn’t seem to work with a device that has a hacked version of siri (e.g. SiriDr).

  • Robert Goldberg

    Does it work with “hands-free control” tweak?

  • http://twitter.com/Sleepy83 Matt R.

    Cool tweak, but after installing everything, I could see the battery draining before my eyes, after a couple of days had to delete it.

  • http://twitter.com/RooneyTimothy Timothy Rooney

    Jeff, you’re a Spotify advocate, right? You notice that triggering Googiri kills the audio from Spotify and never brings it back? Siri would pause Spotify, handle your query, then resume playback. This one just dies completely.