Galaxy S III's S-voice app leaked for all Android 4.0 devices

Last month, we learnt that the Samsung Galaxy S III was the only Android device to have applications such as Flipboard and S-voice as exclusive applications. We quickly learnt from a leak discussed last month that Flipboard was confirmed to be working on most Android devices. As of today, we can confirm that S-voice will run on all Android devices and the APK for the application is available to download from Android.HDBlog.

Samsung previously stated that the application will be altered so that it cannot run on any other device other than a Galaxy S III, but a ROM leak last week suggests the application featured in the ROM build is unaltered.

The application works to some extent providing you don’t set the device running the application to unlock through voice. If you do attempt to set it, the application force-closes and will continue to do so until it is reinstalled. In other words: just continue tapping “Next” during the introductory section of the application. We’ve tried this application on a Galaxy S II, Nexus S and an old HTC Desire so we can confirm it works.

S-voice will only run on Android 4.0 (Ice-cream Sandwich) devices apparently, but we cannot confirm that due to all of our devices already running on Android 4.0.4.

Source: The Verge

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Tried installing this on Gingerbread (2.3.4) and got the message "There is a problem parsing this package". Guess you need ICS for it to run

Wow... This is cool and interesting at the same time...

Why on earth would there be no server level validation and encrypted lock to Samsung devices?

Android has a big weakness in content and certificate and authentication features that HAVE to have low level OS support or will never truly work.

I am curious if this is Samsung being silly or just the nature of Android not allowing better protection.

Why want they make one that works with bluetooth headset and you touch button on earpiece to make a call. Cell phones use to would do this a year ago. Its not Hands Free if you have to pick up phone to start the call!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This has been out for a few weeks now. Did a comparison...
S-voice and Siri

The result? They were equally as good, or as we said - equally horrible. We would hit the 'talk' button or whatever and ask the same question to both phones at the same time. recognition wasn't an issue - relevant results were though. Neither of us had conditioned the search I guess. local phone commands (play music, send text, open camera, etc) all worked great.

I don't see any huge benefit between s-voice and voice command app, which I think came stock on most SGS2's. The interface is 100% siri rip-off as well the front of the SIII looks more like an iPhone with only the '3 ICS buttons'.. maybe that button will also 'quick-launch' s-voice.

I've read that it wouldn't work properly unless you copy it to system/app and change the permissions to match the rest of your system apps. Still seemed to crash a lot.

BumbleBritches57 said,
S-Voice, are you ****ing kidding me?! Another Apple rip off.

siri is a rip off... vlingo and many apps like that was there before siri...
mind you android had the voice feature right from the start but it never talked to you

But show me an app with a similar interface to Siri's...

I don't think anyone is arguing that Apple had some sort of voice feature first. Anyone with half a brain knows that because there's been stuff out that predates Siri and anything on Android.

It's just that Samsung, who has a history of aping interfaces and branding from other companies, created yet another thing that looks like or is similar to something someone else made.

Google, Microsoft, and Apple have all been able to add voice assist to their phone, and each of them look different while providing similar functions. Samsung steps in and makes something that looks like Apple's offering.

Surprise. Surprise.

BumbleBritches57 said,
S-Voice, are you ****ing kidding me?! Another Apple rip off.

Wasn't aware Apple had anything called S-Voice. Or anyone else for that matter.

It should also be mentioned that the service is provided by Vlingo, not Samsung. I personally think Google's voice search works just as good if not better. It's already included with most Android phones, and it's less of a resource hog, not to mention its more stable. I do like that a company out there is working on a Siri like service for Android though. But it wouldn't talk to me on my Nexus S

Yes but Samsung Skyrocket will not let you use Hands Free on bluetooth to make a call. You have to use the phone not the bluetooth. Sucks. Phones use to would do this. You could say Call Joe in the bluetooth and it would call that person in your contacts. Why they done away with Hands Free is CRAZY.........

Cool, it works! Might be worth mentioning but you need a rooted phone too to be able to install it.

But it works great, kind of. Doesn't work nearly as well as Siri imo.

Farchord said,
Cool, it works! Might be worth mentioning but you need a rooted phone too to be able to install it.

But it works great, kind of. Doesn't work nearly as well as Siri imo.

Agreed. Root access though? I haven't got one alert requesting root access, but it makes sense that the app would need a rooted device considering it is using system resources to launch apps with voice . I'll add that into the article when I'm home. Cheers for the heads up!

Zeikku said,

Agreed. Root access though? I haven't got one alert requesting root access, but it makes sense that the app would need a rooted device considering it is using system resources to launch apps with voice . I'll add that into the article when I'm home. Cheers for the heads up!

Well I don't know if it requires root. But considering you are installing an apk file, I thought it did. I know you gotta remove a checkbox under security.

It may work without root.

Farchord said,

Well I don't know if it requires root. But considering you are installing an apk file, I thought it did. I know you gotta remove a checkbox under security.

It may work without root.

BTW I made a video to demonstrate it. Note that I have a slight accent, might have been a factor.

http://youtu.be/_04mWtvRvEU

Farchord said,
Cool, it works! Might be worth mentioning but you need a rooted phone too to be able to install it.

But it works great, kind of. Doesn't work nearly as well as Siri imo.

Nope it doesn't. It just requires that you check the 'Unknown sources' box to let you install the apk via a file. Nothing more.

dagamer34 said,
Not sure they enjoy non GSIII devices using their servers for S-Voice processing...

Well the app probably use the vlingo servers.