Google recently updated the Search app on iOS with an improved Voice search abilities. The UI is fabulous and the voice recognition is way better than what I have experienced so far even on Android.
If you haven’t yet – do get this free app from the App Store.
Jailbreaking an iPhone has so many minor yet interesting offerings that, I keep getting excited about learning this stuff to the core.
‘NowNow’ (probably derived from ‘Speak Now’) is a free and as heavy as 10kb jailbreak tweak to get this Google Voice Search activated from across iOS by short holding the Home button, very much like how Siri is activated.
So, if you’re a Google Voice Search fan & looking for an easy access to it – NowNow is your jailbreak tweak. With so many improvements, I am kind of liking it.
I installed it on my jailbroken iPhone 3GS and now, I have something Siri-like to play with since it doesn’t have Siri. However, it does have ESRA – one of the early Siri alternatives.
Which means, if you don’t have Siri on older devices – now you can still get a Search feature at your fingertips & by continuously improving Google search results, it will only look better.
How to use?
- Download and install Google Search app from the App Store
- Download and install ‘NowNow’ (released through the BigBoss repo)
- Restart your Springboard
- Go to Settings > ‘NowNow’ > Activation Methods > select Long Hold (or you can pick any you like)
- Exit and long-hold the Home button to open Google Voice Search.
Small but interesting. Thanks to Nick Frey for this tweak.
Hope you enjoy 🙂