Jailbreak Tweak: ESRA, Another Siri Like Alternative For iOS 5


With the newly released Siri0us tweak making its rounds in the jailbreak community everyone wants Siri more than ever on their older iOS device.

Introducing ESRA or Experimental Speech Response Application (E.S.R.A) which is basically another Siri like imitator for jailbroken iOS devices. Right now the app itself is nothing special and doesn’t do anything but respond to your commands.

If your looking for speech to text capabilities and more of an official Siri look you might want to check out Siri0us. You can install ESRA for free via the BigBoss repo in Cydia.

E.S.R.A Description:

ESRAis a Siri alternative coming for iPhone 3GS, 4g, iPod and iPad running jailbroken iOS 5. As I write this post – this tweak is being uploaded on the Bigboss repo.

ESRA is developed by Guillermo Moran and is actively updating it on-the-go. It may have several issues to begin with depending upon various factors including server load, libraries etc.

This is a good start and Siri alternatives will start coming-in on Cydia. I am sure developers are already working on it since its one the hot-selling feature of smartphones these days.

You can read more about Siri alternatives here for Android and Microsoft Tellme.

About ESRA

I didn’t find this name very interesting although it means – Experimental Speech Response Application (E.S.R.A)

Ever wanted to try Siri on your older devices? Well the wait is over (maybe). Introducing ESRA, the feature-packed Siri-like personal assistant, or more like a “friend”

ESRA connects to a remote server to retrieve responses based on the command sent to our server, whether the command is typed, or SPOKEN! Yes, I said spoken.

ESRA gives you a whole new personal assistant to talk to, and because it retrieves responses from a remote server, new commands are added almost daily! So you will never get bored with ESRA!

Features: Voice Recognition, Speech, Text-To-Speech, Siri-like User Interface and more!

System Requirement & Download

ESRA works only on JAILBROKEN iOS 5 devices and is available through Bigboss repo on Cydia. You can also download .Deb file here.

PS: You cannot install it on iOS 4.x

Update #1

The developer’s server is capable of handling 200,000 requests at a time. How well can it work to replace Siri, is something I am looking forward to. You can follow him on Twitter

Thanks to our reader Jason for the heads up.


  • Jason3731

    YEY…I got a shout out on this story for the heads up…About time lol….thx

  • Ross


  • aj

    doesnt work

  • GIRG

    not working for me either – recognises command but says it can’t connect to server/doesn’t recognise my command (same thing)

  • Anonymous

    can’t connect to the server

  • Destiny

    I just wanna know how to get a background for my iPod touch it says jailbreak dosent work on this iPod idk WTF but if u guys know an easy way please share

  • GIRG

    pimp my screen from appstore