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Siri ported to the iPhone 4 with moderate success

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Siri ported to the iPhone 4 with moderate success
Developer Steve Troughton-Smith and the 9 to 5 Mac community have managed to take the Siri voice recognition software that is one of the selling points for the Apple iPhone 4S, and port it over to the single-core iPhone 4.

So far the hack has numerous flaws, with the main ones being that it can't use Apple's server-side processing, and the GPU acceleration that makes it actually seamless, thus it mainly serves as a proof of concept of sorts. It recognizes spoken commands in the usual Siri interface, and also works in dictation mode, with both being rather sluggish.

The silver lining is that Siri doesn't seem to be tied with the A5 hardware, as most rumors before the iPhone 4S announcement were pointing out, but hardware-accelerating it on the iPhone 4 and connecting it to Apple's servers are still a pipe dream for now. Have a look at how the Siri port behaves on the iPhone 4 in the video below.


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posted on 15 Oct 2011, 04:44 10

1. HTCiscool (Posts: 449; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


Sooo, now there's absolutely no reason to get the 4S?

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 05:21 4

2. bayhuy (Posts: 285; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


Absolutely. Soon, owning an iPhone will make you outsider.

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 13:57 3

23. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Aaas look all the jealous droidbots congregating in an Apple article as usual.

Wait till Monday when the weekend sales are announced. You guys will be really pissed then.

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 14:13 1

24. Blargh (unregistered)


Because people buying something I haven't is something I worry about, gotcha.

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 14:31

25. AppleFUD (unregistered)


people buying the cheap phone on the market instead of the high-end smartphones phones. . . why should that make anyone else mad? Toyota & Ford outsell Ferrari all the time, I don't think the owners of a Ferrari are too worried about that. . . enjoy your Ford Escort Taco.

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 14:41 1

26. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Obviously you are all mad. How else can all the raging on Apple articles be explained?

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 15:51

30. Slammer (Posts: 942; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


Taco50,

I've read your posts many times and come to conclusion that you are a young precocious child that is locked into one world, unable to look outside the atmosphere.

Sales have no bearing on the outcome of opinions expressed over the iPhone on whether it's the best. All it proves, is that they sold a lot of phones. Beenie babies sold millions. Furbies sold millions. Pet rocks sold millions. Many more millions didn't buy them. People eventually realize the novelty quotient. There is a lot to say about marketing and Apple excels at it. They have the best marketing team in the world. Steve Jobs was more of a marketing strategist than a computer developer. He most definitely was a visionary, but it was his sales technique that riveted the Apple consumers. You really need to stop trying to shove Apple down throats of individuals that have had their share of Apple. Your quest to sell us Apple, has become redundant to the point of disgust.

The figures that always need to be paid attention to, is the market share preference of the population. This is so important in determining what people like and prefer. People like choice and Apple doesn't provide that. Not that it's a bad thing, but, It's not whether the iPhone is best or Android is worst. It is about overall what people are looking for. We simply don't care if the iPhone is the best. We care that we can do more of what we want and when we want with our phones without having to modify the device. We paid for it, it's ours; Not Apple's.

I wanted mags on my car when I was younger and I got them. I'll be damned if the manufacture was going to tell me that I couldn't add them to my car just because they thought it wasn't necessary.

It is absolutely shocking that I still have friends that didn't know Android go do a certain function that they thought was indigenous to Apple. They've been so wrapped up in the Apple's closed ecosystem, that they lost touch of what's been happening around them. There is life outside of Apple

People get caught up in a status quo and often don't think hard enough on whether they should.

John B.

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 17:14 2

32. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Thanks for the diarrhea on the page. Can you please wipe that up? You seem to think you have points, but you don't. You say sales don't matter and then bring up market share. Wow!

I like my iPhone and don't care if you guys use droid. You all however take it personally when anyone prefers anything over droid, especially Apple.

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 12:32 3

18. shafboy (Posts: 179; Member since: 26 Sep 2010)


Well if you want a new phone, might as well get the iPhone 4S IF it suits your liking

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 12:53 2

20. Paden (Posts: 262; Member since: 07 Jul 2011)


Did you see how poorly that ran on the 4?

posted on 16 Oct 2011, 12:10

44. iKingTrust (banned) (Posts: 716; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


It doesnt work good. Are you slow?

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 05:34 1

3. Wow (unregistered)


You see that.. Why looks like a 600 MHz-powered phone?

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 07:09

6. tedkord (Posts: 4288; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


A feature on the 4s that the 4 can't have (without hacking). Damned fragmentation.

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 07:48 6

7. Kingofanything (unregistered)


So apple improved the internals and added 200 enhancements to the os and that's a bad thing? They call it droid for a reason you are all droid robots who buy the exact same phone year after year because they change the shape of it and maybe the screen! Wow smart move guys! Earth to droids - they haven't changed anything major one time yet from day 1 other than improving stability. You droids are so brainwashed that you are buying a new phone when it's basically the same thing with faster internals and a different look - on yea they change the name of the os to fool you! Wow, great stuff guys. Go ahead and use your phone all 3 hours of its battery usage. Pretty badass.
It's like you continue to buy a new pc because it has a faster processor and more ram but still has the same os ( windows) so you can potentially do things faster! What the f do you need to do faster on a smart phone!

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 08:23 4

8. SMB (Posts: 30; Member since: 02 Aug 2010)


iOS's Stability > Android's supposedly "superior fastness"

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 08:46 4

9. simplyj (Posts: 404; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)


I'll take stability any day.

Besides, stability = fastness. Because when you have an OS that works, it works right.

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 09:22 3

10. Slammer (Posts: 942; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


I have friends and colleagues that said the very same thing. Yet, many have switched to Android for the choices and customization Android offers. The freedom to acquire third party apps at their discretion, rather than Apple's. Also, Android's "Stability" has improved immensely. I haven't heard too many complaints of fragmentation lately. Battery life, yes. But the differences have been negligible enough to sacrifice the power consumption for the wide diverse spectrum of Android offerings. All without compliance of Apple's tight reigns of dictatorship.

The other reason for their switch from Apple, was simple boredom. Android has become far more entertaining than a year or two ago. Also, friends like to compare handsets and how can they compare them if all the hardware designs are the same? There is just no personalization factor with the iPhone. It is, what it is.

John B.

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 12:30 2

17. E.N. (Posts: 2224; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Overactive imagination. Most Android users outside of Phonearena don't even know what Sense ui and blur is.... And custom launcher? Yeah right.

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 17:37 1

33. Sniggly (Posts: 6697; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Only an iFanboy could fail to have a sense of humor over a joke.

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 13:56 1

22. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


You must be really lonely

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 17:38 1

34. Sniggly (Posts: 6697; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


And this coming from the guy who considers being universally loathed by an online community to be loved and followed.

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 15:28 1

29. tedkord (Posts: 4288; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I get both speed and stability with my HTC Thunderbolt with BAMF Forever 1.07. No FCs, no lag, no issues. And, I get LTE speeds. The only area the iPhone beats it is in resolution and battery life. Sense 3.0 and 3.5 are much nicer UIs than iOS.

If I could combine screen size, stability, LTE and UI of my Thunderbolt with the battery life and resolution of the iPhone 4/4s, man that'd be a beast. (Of course, the Prime and Vigor are rumored to have 720p res, so that's not going to be an issue soon.)

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 09:56 2

11. Slammer (Posts: 942; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


Siri is a great advance forward in voice assisted commands. I am impressed with the ability to almost replicate a conversation with the device. However, I must also comment that Google Voice will also be advancing on their iteration of voice commands. So I need to dismiss Siri as reason to purchase the phone. It will be matched in a matter of months.

With this said, I am very disappointed in Apple's IP4s. It doesn't make sense to tout a great browser and only attach it to 3rd generation network technology and in some cases, 2nd generation. It also doesn't make sense to increase the GPU speeds by almost 7x and couple it to a smaller screen than the industry standard. It is an oxymoron of an offering.

The two major requests by iPhone users of past iterations for larger screen and 4G technology, has been ignored and once again short changed at the extreme benefit of Apple's record profits. The only ones getting what they want are the shareholders. When will this generation learn how Apple is and has always operated.

John B.

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 10:40 3

12. Sniggly (Posts: 6697; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


If the Motorola DROID Razr is as thin and awesome as they claim it is while still carrying LTE, and is released maybe a month after the 4S, Apple will officially have no excuse left for waiting on LTE.

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 11:23 1

14. Slammer (Posts: 942; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


Frankly, I find Apple is more obsessed with what they want with thier offerings than their consumers.

Yes, the thin form factor is an attraction, but I haven't found too many individuals that stick with Apple because of the thickness. The additional thickness to compensate for an LTE radio, is negligible. Apple is full of many excuses when it comes to why they do things. Some things make sense. However, most are just to manipulate the actual reasons. They are masters at stalking the iPhone addict and keeping them forever in suspense with every release.

John B.

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 12:09 1

16. whatevs (unregistered)


iphone is the best!

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 13:44 1

21. ZayZay (Posts: 555; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


Siri makes me laugh. I told it, you suck iphone and it said I respect that!

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 21:22

38. quakan (Posts: 1141; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


i told it "i love you" and it replied "you haven't known me long enough" lol...obviously the developers of siri have a sense of humor

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 15:00 1

27. whocares1 (unregistered)


honestly....people need to stop talking about how useless the iphone is or how it copied android or vise versa. i'm dumping my android phone for an iphone 4s because simply it suits me best. why do people still bring up that the a5 clocked to 800mz each is so bad? yes it is behind other ones with 1.2 exc, but it doesn't need it frankly cus its a simple os. and y all this hating on how apple is copying android with notifications and s**t? theyre both smartphones! it should have one in the first place! don't get me wrong android comes out with some very good phones and the razr coming out seems very good.

sniggly, i've enjoyed your posts on phonearena, but now it seems like your starting to sound like a hater towards apple.

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 15:09

28. Tmachaveli (Posts: 425; Member since: 01 Apr 2011)


If u like the ios that's cool if you like android that's cool to me it just that simple... i like the little green robot so that who i ride with every day

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 16:01 2

31. kominationz (unregistered)


Many people are buying the iPhone not knowing what other phones can offer. IPhones is just another gimmic. Its boring. Don't get me wrong apple makes good product but some people buy there phone not knowing anything about. People just want to be in the incrowd. Android is much cooler there phones and much nicer and cooler and offer the same as an iPhone. Siri is old news.we have something similar go far on android many phones already have 8mega pixel

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 20:32 1

36. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


wow, that ran like CRAP.

Server side processing???? you mean you have to have a data connection for it to work!?!?!?!?!? are you SERIOUS!?!?!?

Man, being an ATT customer is gonna make that near useless.. lolol

what will ifail think up next???

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 21:24

39. quakan (Posts: 1141; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


LIES.

posted on 16 Oct 2011, 04:26

42. jacko (unregistered)


my close friend is an hardcore isheep and shes like nothing is better then the iphone 4 and i got her onto android by the galaxy s II and she loves it and i keep asking wheres ur is**t and she says that piece of s**t lol

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 21:45

40. ronniezzzz (unregistered)


it's on t-mobile service, t-mobile service on the iPhone isn't 3G it's edge so maybe thats why its slow

posted on 16 Oct 2011, 00:01

41. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)


T mobile 3G speed wouldn't explain why the lock screen is moving slow! That has nothing to do with data connection.

posted on 16 Oct 2011, 05:34

43. henrickrw (Posts: 403; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


So the Iphone 4S is the best phone because of Siri?

Hmmm... Well I prefer my GS2 all the way

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 11:25

46. dustinswhite (Posts: 2; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)


this isn't the iPhone 4 lol

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