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asked 2014-01-02 23:18:35 +0200

leon.anavi gravatar image

updated 2015-03-24 08:03:14 +0200

Are there any plans for integration of voice control application for Sailfish OS?

I would like an app that recognizes speech and supports text to speech with features such as dialing a contact, searching Internet, writing a email or text message, updating status of a social network (facebook, twitter, LinkedIn), searching for directions using the Maps app showing a weather forecast, etc. Something like Siri for iOS :)

Thanks, Leon


Could someone (official) answer this question: Are there any plans of a voice control application?

EDIT 2015-03-12

From TMO by taixzo - 2015-03-09:

Progress update: I have successfully got the Saera backend up and running on the Jolla with my new library. This means I can type things into the box and get generic replies back.

Next steps:

  • Get code on Github - the project structure has been completely reorganized which is why it's not up yet
  • Fix variables in intents (they are being calculated for recognition but not being reported back yet)
  • Get voice recognition (i.e. pocketsphinx) up and running
  • Finish porting old Saera actions to the new system
  • And, of course, find out how to talk to the jolla phone (is there documenation anywhere on how the Jolla alarm system works?)
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Onboard or offboard? As far as I know, Google voice and Apple's Siri are offboard, i.e. all voice is transmitted to their servers. Do we want this? Or is it something, people accept (for certain texts) as trade in for the convenience it brings? (Voice recogntn. onboard is probably not yet in reach.)

jgr ( 2014-01-03 00:56:01 +0200 )edit

As a user I would like to have such an app on my Jolla. As a developer I would like to be able to use TTS and speech recognition APIs. Most probably the voice recognition at the moment will be done on remote servers so some users might not use the app due to security issues but it's OK for me :)

leon.anavi ( 2014-01-03 01:18:51 +0200 )edit

Offboard recognition is an instant dealbreaker for me. There are a number of open source voice recognition systems available. On the N9(00) there was the community-made Siri clone called Saera iirc.

Fuzzillogic ( 2014-01-03 01:22:01 +0200 )edit

What about XOWi ?

FJVA ( 2014-01-10 00:18:36 +0200 )edit

limited onboard speech to text and control would be good. Offboard depends on a very good connection to hosted servers and is not always available in areas of poor signal strength. Richard

richardski ( 2014-01-20 10:28:04 +0200 )edit

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answered 2014-04-05 19:36:05 +0200

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updated 2015-07-21 23:37:52 +0200

raketti gravatar image

Heads Up.

Saera -a siri like app- is coming to sailfish.

EDIT: It's here! (Although a bit ... sort of ... in a beta / early stage) But it's ready for grabs in OpenRepos.

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Also nothing new here?

torcida ( 2014-10-14 22:32:10 +0200 )edit

Current status: phone control is working, now trying to find a build of pocketsphinx for SailfishOS. Updates at

taixzo ( 2015-04-09 20:30:19 +0200 )edit


I'm waiting for it to hit the store.

ApB ( 2015-04-09 20:50:42 +0200 )edit

It may not be able to be submitted to the store due to Jolla policies on what applications can do. If that is the case I will upload it to Openrepos instead.

taixzo ( 2015-04-09 20:57:06 +0200 )edit

In case this happens maybe we can bring it up in community meeting. We need stuff like that tightly integrated in the OS. For a better experience.

ApB ( 2015-04-09 21:15:58 +0200 )edit

answered 2015-03-13 10:15:53 +0200

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updated 2015-03-24 01:18:57 +0200

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How about Sirius as voice assistant / intelligent personal assistant (IPA) in Sailfish OS? It's FOSS project under BSD license, source is here Their website is here -

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I also took a look the Sirius project and while I quicky read what it was about I got the idea it's designed more towards desktop use, correct me if I'm mistaken. But if it's easy (read: if someone is up to the task) to port to Sailfish, then why not, the more the merrier! :) But to be honest, in some cases, less is more. :)

raketti ( 2015-03-13 10:28:50 +0200 )edit

raketti, I hope it's easy :) As can I see here they planning to use their project not only on the desktop / notebooks, but on mobile devices as smart watches too.

Igorion ( 2015-03-24 01:44:43 +0200 )edit

Oh, cool. Didn't find that piece of text. This seems really promising, and personally I hope this will be implemented to Pebble (just got mine - super cool!), since it's also a quite open device and community.

<off-topic> I'm planning to write them some feedback, since I can't update the firmware without Android or Apple phone (but that's a nother topic).</off-topic>

But anyway, since this is (more or less) open source project, this could be implemented by Jolla or a community member(s). Got to stay tuned on this one! :) And thanks again for the link.

raketti ( 2015-03-24 08:34:00 +0200 )edit

have just to find now someone who can port it into sfos...

cemoi71 ( 2015-07-22 01:13:30 +0200 )edit

answered 2015-04-17 17:14:58 +0200

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updated 2015-04-17 17:16:27 +0200


Would be nice to have it in the partner screen (a swipe away)

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answered 2015-06-26 16:16:01 +0200

Given the following information about Amazon's Alexa, this feature request might need to move into at least a prototype state:

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Do you trust amazon?

ApB ( 2015-06-26 17:10:53 +0200 )edit

answered 2015-07-23 15:56:07 +0200

Tucky gravatar image

There is link text that runs on a Raspberry Pi. It is not an answer, but I thought it is worth to mention it.

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answered 2016-01-07 17:16:45 +0200

xllndr gravatar image

Like the "answer" before, I also want to mention a library that recently got opensourced. Homepage GitHub

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