Siri Protocol Gets Hacked, Could Be Used On Other Devices

By on November 15, 2011
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But there’s a little hitch.

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With people obviously finding Siri as a very useful feature of the iPhone 4S, there have been continued attempts to hack it to enable it on other platforms but the fact that it connects directly to Apple servers had rendered the attempts useless so far. Well, not anymore.

Applidium, the guys known for making the open source VLC player app for iOS before it was removed due to licensing issues, have revealed that they have found a way to reverse engineer Siri in a manner that it allows it to work on other iOS devices or platforms as well. The example they gave of is when they used it from the PC and made the system recognise their voice input as if it was from the 4S instead”

“Today, we managed to crack open Siri’s protocol. As a result, we are able to use Siri’s recognition engine from any device. Yes, that means anyone could now write an Android app that uses the real Siri! Or use Siri on an iPad! And we’re going to share this know-how with you.”

But there’s just one problem – Siri requires a unique identifier for the particular iPhone 4S. Applidium used another device code to fake it, but that cannot be done by average users like us since Apple would be very quick to block that code once it’s out in the open. So there’s that to figure out, even though this means that the development is succeeding and it may just be a matter of time.


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