One of the things that set Cydia apart from the App Store is the pace at which new competitors for good tweaks are released. Since there is no lengthy approval procedure, developers can release improved versions of an existing jailbreak tweak or app within a few days. Users reap the rewards of this competitive environment, as is evident from the release of Ryan Petrich’s Activoice. It hasn’t been more than a fortnight since Google added voice input support to its Search app, and the first tweak to take proper advantage of this feature was released just a couple of days ago under the label NowNow. Activoice expands the concept of NowNow to control every aspect of the Google Search app via Activator gestures, rather than just voice search. You can launch Google Goggles, go to the Google Apps section or even initiate the good old text search using the gestures of your choice.
You won’t find Activoice in any of Cydia’s default repositories. To get the tweak, launch Cydia, navigate to Manage > Sources, tap Edit, then Add and enter the following repo:
Once the source has been added and the database has been updated, head over to the search tab and enter “activoice”. You won’t find a dedicated menu for the tweak after installation. Like with NowNow, you will have to configure it from the Activator menu. Before heading over to said menu, make sure you have the Google Search app installed. The Activoice section in Activator has four options, each of which can be assigned a separate gesture. The available options are:
- Google Apps
- Text Search
- Voice Search
Each gesture simply launches the Google Search app directly to one of the above, ready for your input (or a screen with shortcuts to all major Google Apps). If you want search results to be read out loud, launch the Google Search app, and from within its settings, set its language to English (U.S).
The only blemish that we found in NowNow was that it didn’t bypass the splash screen that comes up each time the app is launched with a gesture. Sadly, Activoice doesn’t go around it either. The app isn’t a native feature like Siri, after all. However, once you take a look at all the great features on offer in this tweak, we are sure you’ll find it pretty easy to ignore this little annoyance. The tweak ensures that you won’t have to launch the Google Search app manually ever again.