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Samsung Blocked the Leaked S Voice From Working Because It was a “Test Version”

After the Galaxy SIII’s S Voice leaked over the weekend, user experiences were quickly halted as the servers that powered the service seemed to have been shut down or blocked. Some guessed that Samsung was behind it and sure enough today, they admitted that they were. Their reasoning? Well, because that version was only a test build and they did not want the world to assume it was the final product:

An initial test version of S Voice which was found online has been blocked as Samsung Electronics does not want consumers to judge the quality of the voice feature based on a test version. When the product is launched, users of GALAXY S III will be able to fully experience S Voice.

I’d say that makes a lot of sense. Usually these leaked ROMs are indeed test builds, so it’s hard to argue with that reasoning. Doesn’t part of you think that they did it so that one of the exclusive features to the GS3 was preserved, though? Can’t blame them for wanting that to happen either, especially knowing that the phone itself hasn’t even been released yet.

How has your experience been with S Voice? Game-changer or just another voice actions app?

Via:  The Verge

  • debbie

    It really bad…I had an inspire and loved it.
    Voice dialing was the best. Say ….call cvs boston mass and voila it got it. Maybe s voice can take some tips. I’m ready to switch. Hurry up samsung……

  • Stephen Vanderwarker

    It quite literally is just another voice actions app. It’s Vlingo with a skin.

  • James Foulk

    I think its sad that so many people bought into Apples hype about the usefulness of voice actions. the same people who mock siri got sooo excited about this, and it only works about half as well.

  • Mustang5Oh

    It’s a cool app but nothing earth shattering but then again neither is Siri unless you believe everything Apple says on TV (a.k.a. if you own an iPhone).


    I’m currently using the 4S and find Siri to be somewhat functional. It’s great for a quick appointment check and to play a song in your music. But why it doesn’t allow me to turn on Bluetooth, wifi and things like that drives me nuts? It’s great for finding restaurants out of town, but phone related chores it is horrible. Seems crazy to me that Apple wouldn’t put that in!

  • MikeCiggy

    Wasn’t the phone available in Dubai. If they sold some Galaxy S3’s i’d like to know if S-voice is still working on their devices.

    • FortitudineVincimus

      The SGS3 being released in Dubai story wont make it onto this blog for 2-3 more days.. so sit tight

  • They pulled it cause it sucks….pretty simple and now they are scrambling.to improve it and guess what they won’t and it still will suck

  • You can change your build.prop to the GS3’s model number and it still works. There is a new version that works without that too. http://www.mediafire.com/?fp04n29phdzeram (you have to delete the version you currently have installed, then place in /system/app/ with the correct permissions)
    If anyone would like a flashable zip of it, I will gladly make one.

  • D3nkianma

    The only time a voice based product on a phone is useful is if you have a bluetooth headset on, or are currently driving, otherwise its faster to just type in what you are looking for rather than you using the wrong terminology and it doing a web search when you wanted to get directions to a restaurant then having to go back and type it again….I will be the first to say I try out every new one that pops up and that the technology for voice recognition has MAJORLY improved over the past few years but its still just not fully there!

    • MKader17

      Sure there are times that still mess up a bit, but I find it extremely useful for a lot of easy tasks. Voice Search -> “Call whoever”, OK. No looking it up in your contacts. Voice Search -> “Text whovever, headed your way”, OK.

      It has it’s quirks but you got to learn them sometimes. Like some of my friends it recognizes better if I only say their first or last name. Some require the entire name.

      If I’m just sitting around I never use it and I probably won’t ever use it, but if I’m walking, driving, pretty much anything else, I find it useful.

  • “as Samsung Electronics does not want consumers to judge the quality of the voice feature based on a test version”

    or in other words…

    We realized so many people had problems with this feature that we pulled it out before you discovered that it was a waste of your money to spend $700 falling for this gimmick.

    • also, if it can’t send messages over Google Voice (or recognize my contacts)… the feature is useless. I’ve tried Vlingo several times, but constantly go back to the Voice Commands – it may not work for everyone, but it’s leaps and bounds better for me.

  • AlexKCMO

    What does this have to do with anything? How is this even related to S Voice?

    Damn G-Nex trolls. I’m baffled that people are actually up-voting this.

  • Skyskioc

    Work 9/10 times for me. Installed it on my galaxy Nexus running AOKP.So far you for daily path including take a message, reminders, send a message etc. Is it a game changer for me absolutely not Google voice does just fine. IMO. Oh Ya, team Kang FTW

  • I just use Vlingo…Its based off of that anyway. And Vlingo Beta is going to make them basically identical once it becomces standard.

  • iamcc88

    The main reason I can see myself using this is to add appointments (as mentioned below) set a timer if i’m cooking something or most importantly to check weather in a different city/state.

    I’m going home to Rhode Island this weekend and it was nice to just say “What’s the weather like in xxx, Rhode Island this weekend?”

  • I’m confused. I grabbed a copy of the apk and installed it and it worked. Not blocked as far as I can tell.

    There are still some issues with the software. Setting alarms doesn’t work, “look up [contact name]” doesn’t do a contact search, it just does a web search. You can’t navigate to a person, it will just search for their name as an address. No options for texting using google voice – not unexpected, but it means I won’t be texting using it.

    The parts that work are very fast and responsive! I remember the first time I saw Siri in person I was like “wait, what is this huge delay? I said something, but it’s just sitting there spinning..”.

  • OMJ

    The only reason I would have used S-Voice on a regular basis is to add events to my calendar. Everything else I would use it for the built in Voice Search does just fine.

  • AnotherAndroidKid

    I too was wondering if it came out as declared. I guess not.

  • Dan

    Not a game changer in the same sense that siri was a game changer, or google navigation was a game changer. Then again, it was a leaked APK. Who knows

    • AlexKCMO

      How was Siri a game changer? I know people with iP4S and they all say it’s not really useful.

      • Dan

        Just because some people don’t use it doesn’t mean that it didn’t change the game. Siri was pretty much the first of its kind (dont say google’s voice search) and now it seems like everyone else is trying to have something that is similar, and trust me I have a macbook pro but a galaxy nexus, so I am on both sides of the camp.

        • Josh Groff

          SIRI is useful, but if you ask her who made her, guess what she says? Apple, which isn’t true, she was bought.

          That is one thing that pisses me off, Apple taking credit for the innovation of others.

        • Bionicman

          umm weren’t there many apps that did the same thing siri did? i know there were a few for android…

        • AlexKCMO

          Actually, I will say Google’s Voice Search. The only difference is that Siri can interpret natural language and perform a couple extra functions. So instead of “Call Mom Mobile” it can understand “Siri, call mom on her cell phone.” Whoop-tie Do!

          The problem is that while it understands the natural language, it doesn’t interpret or translate it very well. Even the SLJ commercial shows this:
          SLJ: Find me a store that sells organic mushrooms from Arizona
          Siri: This organic market looks pretty close to you

          What? Really? Just because it’s an organic market doesn’t mean it sells organic mushrooms specifically from Arizona. Maybe it does, maybe it doesn’t.

          On a semi-related note… Siri sounds like a creepy robot. I much prefer the voice used by Google Navigation (in ICS and above, not sure if it changed on GB or not).

          • PC_Tool


          • PC_Tool

            disqus issues…

          • PC_Tool

          • PC_Tool


          • PC_Tool

            “I much prefer the voice used by Google Navigation (in ICS and above, not sure if it changed on GB or not).”

            Odd. Most of the folks in my family think it sounds like she has a nasty cold. I have to agree. I wish there was an easy way to change that voice…


          • I am pretty sure he says he wants organic mushrooms for his Risotto not from Arizona. Nonetheless, SML is a bad ass MFer.

          • AlexKCMO

            I watched the commercial before I posted on YouTube and he did indeed ask for mushrooms specifically from Arizona.

        • LiterofCola

          Siri is NOT a game changer, sorry.

          • PC_Tool


            What isn’t though, is the myth that the innovation is Apple’s. Apple had nothing to do with it. It existed in the App store *before* Apple bought it.

            …in fact, it even worked on the 3GS….before Apple bought it.

            “Siri was originally introduced as an iOS application available in the App Store by Siri, Inc. Siri, Inc. was acquired by Apple on April 28, 2010.[4] Siri, Inc. had announced that their software would be available for BlackBerry and for Android-powered phones, but all development efforts for non-Apple platforms were cancelled after the acquisition by Apple.”

            In this case, Apple *halted* the spread of innovation.

          • SeanBello

            for them it was, since they don’t have anything else to hinge on. notice that’s the only thing mentioned in the commercials? it’s basically a commercial for Siri.

      • Jdub

        I love how you’ve decided that something is not useful for millions of people based upon the people you know…..