Sara: A Siri alternative for older devices, including the iPhone 2G

Looking to add Siri on your iPhone 2G, iPod touch, or virtually any other pre-iPhone 4S device? Then look no further than Sara.

Sara is far from perfect, but if Siri Proxy is not an option for you then it is likely the next best thing.

Check inside as we take Sara for a test drive on video…


There’s no denying that Sara is limited in function when compared to the real thing; for instance, you can’t use location based query commands without Sara returning some sort of nonsense. Alarm clocks don’t work, weather can be inaccurate, and a whole host of other grammar inaccuracies ensure no one will be mistaking Sara for the real thing any time soon.

But it is free, and it’s a decent addition for owners of older jailbroken devices like the original iPhone or iPod touch.

Sara even features some advanced options like translation, YouTube search, and more. Of course, you can do all of that with a real jailbroken Siri implementation, but it’s still nice to be able to pull this off on an older device where Siri was never intended to run.

If you want to try this for yourself, add the following repo to your sources: and download the package that corresponds with your device. Be aware that the download will likely time out a few times, but keep trying; I think their servers may be getting hammered.

In the end Sara is another wannabe Siri alternative that doesn’t come very close to the real thing; however, it’s better than nothing if you aren’t up to fooling with Siri Proxy and/or you have an older iOS device.

What are your thoughts on Sara?