Voice Dial, Home Screen Dial on your iPhone
Two fun little hacks for your iPhone this morning. The first comes from Nate True (aka iPhone genius), it's a neat little way to get speed dial icons on your Home Screen. The trick? 1.1.3 allows you to add web shortcuts to the home screen and Safari allows web pages to initiate calls (with your permisison). Two great tastes that taste great together. True tells you how:
So the new iPhone 1.1.3 firmware allows you to put icons on your home screen for websites, but I know many of us want to put phone numbers on there for a Speed Dial screen.
I've put a little hack together that lets you have a (somewhat) speedy speed dial icon. There's no jailbreaking required for this one - it can all be done using Apple-approved Web Clip creation. -
The next dialing hack is for those of you with jailbroken iPhones. This is actually one of the better apps I've seen for this gray market - real Voice Dialing on your iPhone. It's done up by Makayama and it's $27.95. You'll need to add them as a source yourself:
To get a free tryout, start Installer on your iPhone, press Sources, then Edit, then Add. Next, type http://tinyurl.com/2t8cax
...It might seem a little crazy to be paying for an iPhone app when the SDK is just around the corner, though. Nate True himself makes it clear that 1.1.3 takes more steps toward safely-installed apps by reducing the number of programs that run as "root." But if you're jonesing for voice dial and have money to burn, you have that option now.