Apple’s Siri ported to rival devices
Personal assistant app that debuted with the iPhone 4S hacked by Applidiumm
Apple's Siri personal assistant may now be available on virtually any device. A group of hackers, from mobile-application developer Applidiumm, say they've reverse engineered the app so that it is now available to everyone, according to The Register.
The hackers released a collection of tools on Monday that they said could be used to build Siri-enabled applications on devices that were never authorised to offer the proprietary Apple feature.
"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," the hackers wrote in a blog post.
The tools are written in the Ruby, C, and Objective-C languages and are said to be the result of painstaking sleuthing into the way Siri communicates with the remote server Apple dedicates to the service.
However, the hack may never be used widely as it still requires a valid iPhone 4S unique identifier to be sent to the server, meaning that Apple could revoke identifiers that are used an abnormally high number of times, or from an abnormally high number of different locations, according to The Register.
Existing iPhone users could use the hack to expand the number of devices that work with the Siri personal assistant.