Did you know: 'Ok, Google' voice command comes crippled on Samsung's Galaxy S6, S Voice promoted instead
posted by Victor H. / Apr 21, 2015, 6:50 AM
The 'Ok, Google' command is a staple of the Android platform's voice recognition capabilities: on most of the latest phones, you can say 'Ok, Google' anywhere and have the voice recognition window neatly pop up, but somewhat surprisingly, this option has been crippled on the Galaxy S6, and this decision seems intentional.
While initially at the very launch of the Galaxy S6 you could use the 'Ok, Google' command from any screen and even when the screen is off (while the phone is charging), now, after an update, you can only use 'Ok, Google' from the home screen (where you can also easily tap on the microphone icon in the search bar).
S-Voice seems to be promoted at the expense of Google Voice SearchAt the same time, Samsung's rival voice recognition service S-Voice had the advantage of a true, always-on functionality from the get-go, as users can shoot voice commands even with the screen off and the device off the charger. Now, it is also the only solution if you want to shout voice commands from any place within the phone as 'Ok, Google' seems intentionally crippled.
That's quite the disappointment, as it seems that Google's voice recognition engine is both faster and more powerful than Samsung's S-Voice.
We should, however, notice that it is not clear whether this change affects all the various Galaxy S6 model available across the globe. Do you still have the 'Ok, Google' command working from any screen? Let us know, and don't hesitate to also tell us about which particular S6 model you're using.
Samsung Galaxy S6 OS: Android 7.0 Nougat, 6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop View Full specs
- Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
- Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
- Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
- Storage 128 GB
- Battery 2550 mAh(23h 3G talk time)
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Obsolete apps. Both are fast draining battery. But if you need it G voice is better.
posted on Apr 21, 2015, 6:57 AM 0
the s voice is not defaulted on when you set up the phone it asks do you want to enable s-voice yes or no.
posted on Apr 21, 2015, 5:28 PM 0
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Are these really battery drain functions though? I thought they used hardware specifically designed for voice monitoring that basically costs nothing tangible in terms of battery life. Hey, but look at it on the bright side, this is another example of how Samsung has made Touchwiz more useful for everyone.
posted on Apr 22, 2015, 12:04 PM 0
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S Voice sucks banana balls.
posted on Apr 21, 2015, 7:08 AM 9
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that is a very interesting topic ... !!! please tell me more
posted on Apr 21, 2015, 7:12 AM 1
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Funny how, with every passing day, Samsung is becoming everything they once were against, trying to make butts of jokes of the company or companies they now try to emulate so badly. Good luck on your continuing journey to the promised land of Steve Jobs and Tim Cook. While you're packing, China is waiting in the wings, LG is looking over their shoulder, and Nokia and Sony are taking notes...
posted on Apr 22, 2015, 2:23 AM 1
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Well..... and i still dont give a s**t....!!!!!!! POP Hold it down ....
posted on Apr 21, 2015, 7:13 AM 0
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correct me if im wrong here but are you making shoutouts on a phone website?
posted on Apr 21, 2015, 7:14 AM 0
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This is just a moronic move by Samsung. It's just like the fact there's no pen replacement for my Note 8.0 available in my local EU country, and Samsung won't ship within the EU. The EU is suing Google. Should bring down Samsung, too. So, yeah, Samsung cripple the devices to ship your non competitive stuff.
posted on Apr 21, 2015, 7:17 AM 3
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I thought that S Voice could be disable? Did it changed in the S6?
posted on Apr 21, 2015, 7:41 AM 1
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No, I say leave it like it is.....this should make the EU commission realize there is no anti trust issue with Google, Android. If anything....they need to investigate Samsung for crippling a competing product.
posted on Apr 21, 2015, 9:41 AM 1
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On the S5 when the screen is locked (think hands free) they forced you to use either Svoice or this terrible dialer which was even worse then Svoice. It eventually led me to ditch the phone completely. I won't even consider another Samsung until they stop doing this. I have the Droid Turbo now, and even though it defaults to Moto Voice, if you disable it you can use google like the lord intended.
posted on Apr 21, 2015, 10:35 AM 1
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I love my GoogleNow and use it every day for just about everything.. If the S voice on the S6 is anything like my girlfriend's S3... then I am so sorry for all you S6 owners because S voice sucks lol My Google now will take commands and finish performing the task on my HTC One S before my gfs S voice is done SLOWLY repeating the command to her on the S3 lol
posted on Apr 21, 2015, 11:47 AM 2
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S6 flat on Verizon. S voice can be disabled (and has been on mine) I use Google now more than I ever have. Trying to give it a go. "OK Google" only works on the screen in which the google app is on. If that's not your home screen, then it does not work on the home screen. We do not have the option to turn on voice from any screen. Only turn on or off voice detection. it is still quite hit and miss. Right now, it did not work. I just opened the google app and closed it and now it works from the screen the google app is on. Closed all apps and it's not working again. So frustrating. Still does not work when locked and charging whether the screen is on or off. Nor unlocked even with the app running in the background. Please google fix this. Offer working versions for whatever Android version you're on. That has to be easier than trying to get one to work w/ everything. And I have already had to do a factory reset b/c it stopped working all-together.
posted on Apr 21, 2015, 1:41 PM 0
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