When Siri voice command was liberated from the shackles of the iPhone 4S, thanks to some clever hacking, it wasn’t long before iPhone 4 users realized that things weren’t quite perfect. The service sorta worked as it should… except for the pesky issue of not communicating with Apple servers. That’s kind of a big deal, since it’s a pretty fundamental requirement. Well, Steven Troughton-Smith, the original dev responsible for this hack, wound up getting back with Chpwn and managed to speed past this obstacle to get Siri fully working and communicating from the iPhone 4 and iPod Touch.
9to5Mac got their hands on the goods, with video showing off a fully operational Siri gracing an iPhone 4, as well as a demo of Siri Dictation and a side-by-side comparison of the official version on the iPhone 4S. There are actually two vids, both provided by Troughton-Smith. (Scroll down to the bottom if you want to see Siri doing its thang on an iPhone 4 and an iPod Touch.)
As slick as this looks, however, it’s unfortunately not all that easy for lay people to follow Troughton-Smith’s cue: The service runs on a jailbroken iOS device, sure, but you can’t just download the hack from Cydia. It’s actually quite a process, with as many as 20 steps involved, and there’s no public distribution of the necessary files yet. In fact, the topic seems to make him a little queasy — those files need to be culled from the 4S, and since they don’t belong to him, he refuses to handle the distro. (Smart move, given Cupertino’s penchant for suing people.) But if someone else does it, he says he’s willing to post the instructions on how to make it work.
For more information on this, including details on how the port was accomplished, check out the source post for a one-on-one interview with Troughton-Smith.