Lingual Brings Speedy Voice Translation To Siri On Jailbroken iPhones



Since the Absinthe jailbreak tool was released for Apple’s A5-powered devices last week, we’ve seen all sorts of tweaks that maximize Siri functionality on the iPhone 4S. The latest is one of the most impressive. It’s called Lingual, and it provides quick and easy voice translation to over 30 languages, using Microsoft Bing Translate API.

Because Lingual uses Bing Translate as a backend, it promises to offer the same functionality, so anything that Bing will translate, Lingual will translate. Check out this impressive demonstration of Lingual in action:

The Verge notes, however, that Bing Translate isn’t as strong as Google’s offering, and it does stumble on certain phrases. But they’re quick to point out that “the developers of Lingual can’t be held accountable for Bing’s shortcomings, and they’ve done commendable work in such a short space of time.”

Developed by the CodeThemed team, Lingual is available to download from Cydia completely free. It currently only supports translation from English, but its creators hope to have translation to English added in a future update. And of course, you’ll need a jailbroken iPhone 4S with Siri to use it.

[via The Verge]


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