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(Siri Clone) How to Install SARA on iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch

Sara is the latest Siri clone which has come out for Jailbroken iOS devices. Though it’s not as powerful as actual Siri, but people who have been looking out for a good alternative, Sara is going to be very handy. In this tutorial, we will learn a bit about Sara and how you can install Sara on your Jailbroken device. We have tested it with Jailbroken iPhone4 and later in this tutorial, you can see our conversation with Sara.

Many have tried, but not succeeded, to port a working SIRI client for older iOS devices such as iPhone 4, iPod Touch and iPad. Siri is currently only supported on the iPhone 4S, something to do with the new A5 chip, and Apple has no plans of getting it on to the older gen iOS devices. There is, however, a working Siri Clone called Spire. But, it’s difficult to setup as it requires a Siri Proxy to operate.

SARA, the Siri Clone

Today, a developer called Nobita, has released another Siri clone called SARA and surprisingly it does indeed work. I’ve installed it on my jailbroken iPhone 4 and it worked for me. Although, it is still nowhere close to the real personal assistant and cannot accomplish many of her tasks. For example, you cannot search anything based on location, it won’t send text messages or call people, it stops responding in between and there are lots of other problems that the clone has. But, with time, perhaps the bugs will be fixed and users will have a working Siri-ish assistant on older iOS devices.

Siri Clone

The best feature of SARA, is that it can be installed on the oldest of iOS devices including the first iPhone, the old iPod Touch and iPad 1. Also, unlike Siri, SARA cannot be launched by holding the Home button, instead it’s like an app that you’ll have to launch from the Homescreen. Here is a complete, step-by-step tutorial on how to install SARA ( Siri Clone ), on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.

How to Install SARA on iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad (Siri Clone)

SARA, is just like Spire, but isn’t integrated well in to iOS. It still carries out all the requests via a third-party server, so install this on your own risk. Do not blame us for possible data theft etc.

  • Launch Cydia and click on Manage Tab. Select resources and then click the Edit button and then Add button. Now add the following repo for installing SARA : http://isoftjsc.com
  • After the source is installed you will see three packages inside. Select the package that best suits your device. For example, if you have an iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS, then choose the package that is meant for those devices. Do not install the Console Package, because that is only for reporting errors.
  • The total size of the install is about 9MB, thus it will take some time. Also, the servers must be under immense pressure now, so don’t give up if the installation is super slow. You can also try to hit Cancel, Return to Cydia and continue the Install, this proved to be much faster when I tried.
  • After installation, you’ll need to Restart the Springboard. Now, you’ll see a SARA icon on the homescreen.

That’s it. You now have SARA installed on your iOS device. Launch the app to indulge in some private time with your very own SIRI clone for older iDevices. Of course, it doesn’t work as well as the real deal, but it’s something. Definitely a better deal for people who don’t want/cannot  create their own Siri Proxy servers for Spire. Also, you can even type and ask Sara questions, if she cannot recognize your speech or accent.

Here is a video showing our conversation with Siri clone:

Many users, including me, complain that the voice recognition is not that good! Give it a try and let us know if it worked for you.

3 Alternatives to Siri for iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS

When Apple recently announced the iPhone 4S, most of us were disappointed, but then there came Siri, the personal assistant. This is like one of the most talked about feature of the iPhone 4S that all the other iDevice users are not going to get. Yes, it’s an iPhone 4S only feature, which makes us want it even more.

To those folks who super badly want to have an assistant like Siri, but can’t get hold of one because you can’t buy the iPhone 4S, there are other ways. Siri is not the first of it’s kind, because it was a hardware feature, it was an app that could run on iPhone 4 and even the 3GS. So, maybe there will come a time when some developer figures out a way to run it on either of the said devices. For now, let’s talk about alternatives to Siri.

There are quite a few alternatives to Siri, which brings similar functionality to the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS. Here, I’ll be talking about three such Siri alternatives that you can try now.

Dragon Go

This is an app that is powered by Nuance’s voice recognition, which Apple bought earlier this year and it has included some of the same technology in to Siri. It works really well and is a free app for iPhone and iPod Touch, also requires an active data connection. You can ask it anything, and it’ll look it up using it’s powerful search features and provide you with matching results. It won’t talk back to you like Siri does, but that’s alright isn’t it?

Download Dragon Go

Vlingo

Vlingo is the only app available for iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS that will get you the closest to Siri. It does almost everything that Siri does. Search the web, answer your questions, send email/messages, search for places in Maps. One thing it does that Siri doesn’t, Social Updates. Yes, you can actually connect your Facebook and Twitter accounts to this app and update your status using voice recognition. Just speak and update what you’re up to on both the social networks. This is a free app too.

Download Vlingo

Google Voice Search

Last, but not the least, Google Voice Search. What’s better than asking Google, right? The Google Search app for iOS has inbuilt voice recognition that works very well, but it doesn’t work like Siri or like any of the other apps. You can just perform a search on Google and get your results, but it is fun to ask the search engine some silly questions too.

Download Google Search

That’s the best voice recognition you can get for you iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch. But, if you don’t have Siri, you don’t have Siri!

Have you used any of these apps? I bet you’ve used Google Voice Search, what about others?

iOS 5 Beta Untethered Jailbreak for iPhone 3GS Released

All those iOS fanatics out there who’ve been enjoying their iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 with the developer version of iOS 5 beta have something new to try. Although, the iPhone 4 has no untethered jailbreak yet for iOS 5 beta, developer iH8Sn0w has just released an untethered jailbreak for the iPhone 3GS running on the old bootrom.

iOS 5 beta was originally released only for the developers, but there has been ways to get it even if you weren’t a developer and try it. I’ve tried and I must tell that iOS 5 is a huge improvement over iOS 4 and I can’t wait for the final version to be out this fall. iOS 5 beta has already been jailbroken too, days after it’s release, and now the iPhone 3GS gets an untethered jailbreak thanks to iH8Sn0w. iPhone 4 users must still make do with the tethered jailbreak for iOS 5 beta that was released by the iPhone dev team few days back.

In case you’re sporting an iPhone 3GS with the old bootrom and are running iOS 5 beta, then you can use Sn0wbreeze 2.8[Beta 2] to untethered jailbreak your iPhone. ih8Sn0w tweeted earlier today about this development, but since iPhone 3GS running the original bootrom are rare these days, you’ll have to be really lucky to have one.

The only other way of jailbreaking your iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS is by using the redsn0w or sn0wbreeze 2.8 beta 1, which only tethered jailbreaks your iDevices. According to sources, there won’t be any untethered jailbreak for iOS 5 beta since it’s pointless as it’s only a developers version. Once the final version will be out, even the untethered jailbreak should be. Until then, don’t forget to tethered boot your iOS device if you want to enjoy Cydia and other cool stuff.

Download Sn0wbreeze 2.8 Beta 2 Untethered Jailbreak for iPhone 3GS here.

Android for iPhone 4 and 3GS Coming Soon

The idea of an iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS booting Android OS can be intriguing to a lot of people. It’s not impossible, as previously developers have successfully ported Android Gingerbread 2.3 to an iPhone 3G. So seriously guys, how hard can it be to port the same build to the iPhone 4, well it turns out that it’s not that simple.

android on iphone

The whole Android iPhone experience can be something new for an iOS user, as Android is a completely different operating system than the iOS. Imagine, you could dual boot your iPhone 4, iPhone 3Gs or iPad and easily switch between iOS and Android. We all know, how the Android OS has grown to be something incredible even overtaking iOS in terms of users. I wouldn’t mind running Android on iPhone, that would be something fun to do as I know the Android experience can certainly be fun. And that too after watching the Google I/O keynote on Android who wouldn’t want to play with it?

So once again, our loyal developer friends are working on a method to successfully co-exist Android and iOS on iPhone. Recently, there took place an interview with the developer head for project iDroid, Nick Pack, who revealed that there is no time estimate as to when the the port will be ready. Below is the complete interview between Josh of Modmyi and Nick Pack;

JOSH: How many members are on the current team working on the 3GS and A4 Android port?
NICK: There are presently 4 people working on the A4 & 3GS ports.
JOSH: What coding experience and expertise is required to work on the Android port?
NICK: A strong knowledge of: C, ARM Assembler and general hardware knowledge for OpeniBoot and the kernel, Java & C knowledge for Android.
JOSH: In terms of percentage, how far along are you in the port development? Is there any current hurdles that are making the process more complicated? If so, can you elaborate?
NICK: Both the A4 and 3GS OpeniBoot ports are somewhere in the region of 60% complete. Currently the team is working on the FTL which is one of the most complex parts of OpeniBoot, then we’ll move on to the kernel. And finally after that, we’ll start on libraries for Android (the radio interface layer, sensors library etc.).
JOSH: Have you been able to emulate the Android platform at all on the 3Gs or A4 yet?
NICK: At the present time, both the OpeniBoot ports for 3GS and A4 devices aren’t far enough along for there to be any userland yet. Once the bootloader is ported then kernel drivers need to be written and various userland libraries written to accompany them. The team are working on one of the most complex parts of the bootloader at the present time; the FTL and filesystem drivers. This is a painstakingly slow and complex task, but once completed, we’ll be able to boot a linux kernel from the NAND flash.
JOSH: How long has the team been working on the Android port for the respective devices? Do you have any tentative ETA at this point or are you just “done when you’re done?”
NICK: Work on the A4 port started late last year, but progress was slow due to there being a lack of skilled developers on the team to work on it. In the recent few weeks, the port has accelerated drastically. The 3GS port was started a couple of months back but lessons learned from the A4 port helped to bring it inline quickly. Due to the nature of the project, it is completly impossible to estimate just how long these things take. This is mainly due to the sheer volume of reverse engineering that has to be done, but we are working with largely undocumented and uncommon hardware so it comes with the territory.

Hoping that you read through the entire interview, you now know that it’s not an easy process that too with just four developers left on the project. They aren’t giving up though, and perhaps one of these days we may have a complete project and some Android iPhone loving.

Would you like to run Android on your iPhone?

[ ModMyi ]