Samsung demos S Voice, a Siri-like natural language interface for the Galaxy S III
To wake your phone you can either use the preprogrammed phrase (“Wake up Galaxy”) or program up to four of your own phrases. We imagine it’s only a matter of time before this becomes something of an internet meme, with entertainers and enterprising YouTubers coming up with humorous phrases to wake their phones with. Or conversely, accidental awakenings when your custom phrase comes up randomly in conversation.
We expect Samsung’s new voice language commands to once again raise questions about whether or not they are simply copying Apple, but Android in general and the Galaxy S II in particular have had voice commands since long before Siri - the real competition here is integrating natural voice interaction to make these complex devices accessible to people who are less technologically inclined (and to everyone while they are driving…).
We fully expect to see many more such systems in the near future, but at first blush Samsung seems to have produced a robust and successful voice control system in S Voice.
1. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Shocker that Samsung is copying Siri. I would have never seen this coming
2. HussamAldean (Posts: 16; Member since: 28 Apr 2012)
voice command was available in SGS2 before even siri was lunchec :)
4. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
*Voice commands existed in Android before Siri was launched.
36. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 200; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)
Voice Commands existed before Android.
The point here isn't that Samsung stole Siri. Instead, they are trying to capture what Siri is, which is an intuitive voice Assistant, which is more than just voice commands. Sure, they are pretty much using the same idea that Apple made popular with Siri, but they haven't stolen any sort of proprietary technology. Samsung has been caught copying from Apple before and were court-ordered to change things, so they are being more careful with the S Voice as to not have it shut down because of any sort of copyright enfringement.
3. soooyeaaa (Posts: 20; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
what a shock you would be the first one to post about it... troll
6. Sniggly (Posts: 7227; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
I must concede that S voice is a competitive response to Siri. However, I must say next:
You obviously don't give a s**t when Apple takes cues from Android (which is often) so why should we care when an Android manufacturer takes a cue from Apple, when, UNLIKE Apple, the result ends up BETTER than the competition?
8. biophone (Posts: 1900; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
Agree with your whole post. Except the better than the competition part.
13. Sniggly (Posts: 7227; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
From what little I've heard about S voice, it offers expanded functionality over Siri.
15. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Exactly you know nothing about it, haven't tried it, but in your mind it's already better.
20. Sniggly (Posts: 7227; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
No, I haven't tried it yet, but some examples of its functionality have already been listed. The alarm snooze option is one thing that I am sure Siri can't do.
10. networkdood (Posts: 6329; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
we all know that Taco works for APPLE, or is just being sadistic...
Why would someone come on a phone site and spend countless hours trying to degrade an operating system? Money? Stock? I don't know.
22. remixfa (Posts: 14252; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
apple would never pay taco. They would have more positive advertising by spray painting their logo on an angry bull and letting it loose in a flea market.
40. andro. (Posts: 1983; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
Taco works for apple but he prob pays them so that he can work there,the life of an ifan can be tough
9. networkdood (Posts: 6329; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
You would think that Apple owns voice commands....dude, APPLE bought SIRI and did not invent it.
18. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Umm that would be you constantly bashing Apple.
And google bought android
34. erdatp (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 May 2012)
The way Samsung show S Voice is just so sad .. No creativity
12. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
hey mate how can it be a copy if the s2 already had voice technolgy built in before and also the s voice does more than siri does..you can open apps with it,wake the phone etc...will say the ui is very siri like
17. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Do more? Can it do more overall? You haven't been tried it.
Of course the UI is very Siri like. Everything Samsung does is Apple like.
24. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
did you watch the show? have you read the hands on?you can ask it to open apps etc and wake the phone up.does siri do that? does the s3 look anything like the iphone and will be funny when the iphone 5 comes out and you will say that the s3 copied the iphone 5 even though it came out 1st.
27. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
After multiple lawsuits Samsung changed the look.
Siri controls apps as well. You saw one little gimmick and now the copycat is better.
Try it out first and get back to me
29. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
siri can not open apps unless your jailbroken....so its a gimmick if samusng do it but not when apple do it...i guarantee siri in ios 6 will have features of s voice and you not going to say apple copied samsung...why do you care so much about who did what 1st. apple did not exactly do everything 1st...siri wasnt the 1st of its kind.
31. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Siri controls all of Apple's apps like notes, reminders, email, text etc. knowing Apple the next step is to open it to 3rd party Apps.
Actually Siri was a first on smartphones.
32. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
no it wasnt the 1st of its kind,there were apps that did those things before all apple did was make it ''better''(depends on who you ask) and implement it in the os...samsung have added features to the already built in voice recognition in android and made it better...how can you copy something that you were able to do before...on the s2 i could ask for weather,play music,navigate etc via voice even before the 4s was even announced.
26. protozeloz (Posts: 5387; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
for starters can Siri open your camera?
39. andro. (Posts: 1983; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
voice commands have been on android phones for years,you taco are just aware of this function now as apple have a 'siri' title slapped onto the feature and passed it off to you as ground breaking in the iphone 4$$$$$$
42. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6946; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
SHOCKING u keep saying the SAME SHYT
5. androidornothing (Posts: 143; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
Android had voice commands from noahs time so apple fans better shut up
7. DIYguy (Posts: 190; Member since: 27 Feb 2011)
Who cares about voice commands -.-' thats to no real use
16. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
Lots of people, especially those driving. The NTSB wants cell phone use to be federal law and what not, so this will definitely come in handy if it's totally handsfree and recognizes natural voice commands to do what you want it to without taking your eyes off the road. The better integrated this is into the OS the better and since Android OS has pretty much had voice integration from jump, it should pan out to be something that is the norm and not just a marketing tool. Every Siri commercial I have seen, the individual is always holding the phone, what about when you are driving and you can't get a hold of your phone? Practical uses, writing notes, texting and what not is fine, but I want it to go into vehicle mode and ready to take commands, like I'm lost, how do I get to xxxx. In turn it brings up Google maps and asks you street name and number and city if need be. Handsfree calling should route either through your bluetooth or your cars integrated system like in BMW's. I'm not in proprietary stuff like apple and porsche are into, screw that make it available on every car make and manufacturer for safety reasons.
28. DIYguy (Posts: 190; Member since: 27 Feb 2011)
Yes there are one or two real applications. Imagine a car. Mom is driving the car and the rest of the family is yelling in the car, still easy? In a car there is LOTS of background noise and you need one hell of a background noise cancellation system just to get your commands through. And if you try to TALK to someone while in the car, driving it is very hard to do anything.
I can't really imagine any other uses for the voice commands other then samsungs "snooze" command and will probably never use any voice commands.
Of course if someone really wants to use this almost totally useless feature then go right ahead
30. DIYguy (Posts: 190; Member since: 27 Feb 2011)
And no I didn't read your comment
Oh, one more application! If you're trapped by your ankles on a cliff hanging downwards and your phone would fall off and you need to call for help. THEN you can shout to your phone. Oh and it must be a very small cliff, otherwise your phone would break when it falls...
23. remixfa (Posts: 14252; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
i use voice commands quite often and way before siri came out.
35. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
apparently thats impossible as there was no such thing as voice commands before siri
38. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
Actually, it existed, but just never talked back like siri did..
I wonder how it'd feel to have an fight/argument with siri.... could be fun
41. andro. (Posts: 1983; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
I would say about 1 in 50 customers we have instore say they use or care anything at all about voice commands,its not a required function for the majority of people
14. adjou (Posts: 102; Member since: 06 Jul 2010)
I lolled when that guy said "Hello galaxy" in his french accent! Can't really imagine anyone who do that in public, so embarrassing to watch...
19. 0o0blackstar0o0 (Posts: 86; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
S Voice seems good i hope it becomes available for other devices i don't see why not when its 100% software :D
21. appleDOESNT.com (banned) (Posts: 456; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
Google's voice technology DOESN'T talk back.. making it actually used as opposed to another nagging wife named Siri.
iLaugh at Apple's Sam Jackson commercial that apple thinks that people want to have conversations with Siri. It's outrageous, egregious, preposterous! Nobody wants to have fake conversations with you Siri, sorry! and nobody really does, just at parties for parlor tricks, ask most iPhone users about the most unused Siri!
I want to tell my phone something AND IT DOES IT, like google's voice tech does now.. not tell it something, confirm, reconfirm, reask, then do a effing google search anyways!
25. remixfa (Posts: 14252; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
U made me laugh. ;) for some reason I read that whole.thing in a dennis Leary voice and it was great
33. quryous (banned) (Posts: 106; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
S III is nice enough, I guess. Still, I'll wait until they put all these features and much more into the Galaxy Note 2.
37. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5664; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
it's obvious that Samsung has been taking notes from Apple & Motorola's Siri & MotoCast services and it does look like Samsung's implementation for their Siri service is superior. i'm wondering if their MotoCast service is also superior...
43. joey18 (Posts: 569; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)
I'm no so sure to get this phone samsung disapointme bcs htc one x is much better and is not available in verizon
44. jarvis (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 May 2012)
This functionality is all well and good. But there are already many apps that offer this functionality on the Android device. One in particular, "Cyman Mark 2" is quite an intuitive assistant, based on Jarvis from the Iron Man system. The videos and website show plans of linking this to home PC's!