S Voice free ride is over, Samsung blocks servers to devices other than Galaxy S III

S Voice free ride is over, Samsung blocks servers to devices other than Galaxy S III
Soon after Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S III and its unique S Voice feature to take on Siri, the APK was extracted and pretty much every Android owner who’d install it, got access to the voice assistant. The free ride however is now over as Samsung has begun blocking S Voice requests by phones other than the Galaxy S III.

The application was extracted from a developer’s unit of the SGS III, and just as we thought that the feature - advertized as unique for Samsung’s new flagship - has made its way to all Android devices, the Koreans along with Vlingo started blocking server requests from unauthorized phones. Vlingo is the company behind the S Voice feature.

So while requests are still sent, the server now detects that they come from an unauthorized phone and don’t process them. Here's what the folks over at XDA Devs found out:

At the moment we start using S Voice we are sending all the following info to them:
X-vlclient: DeviceMake=samsung; DeviceOSName=Android; DeviceModel=Galaxy Nexus; DeviceOS=4.0.4; Language=en-US; ConnectionType=DirectTCP; Carrier=[my Carrier]; CarrierCountry=[my Country]; DeviceID=[my IMEI]; AudioDevice=Android
Looks easy to them to deny the requests from the phones other than Galaxy SIII. And they are doing this obviously, look at the response: HTTP 340 HTTP/1.0 404 Not Found
Expert Info (Chat/Sequence): HTTP/1.0 404 Not Found

The hackers community is looking for a workaround, but in the meantime it seems that the Galaxy S III will arrive with S Voice exclusive to it.

source: XDA Developers via The Next Web



1. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

oh well. it was fun while it lasted. :P

11. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I know, but I am really curious on how Majel will work. I believe it will be more kick a$s than Siri, & S Voice. Only if Google I/O would be here already, we would know by now. Yeah I need some patience! lol

13. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

oh i actually didn't imagine at all that the I/O conference might eek out more info about Majel. next month should be interesting. o:

24. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

good reminder, i all but forgot about majel.. lol

29. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I haven :) and with the knew knowledge base i think we are more and more close

2. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Not like it was any good before, I got constant Network Errors before they blocked it due to the amount of people playing and experimenting around with it.

3. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

It wouldn't install on my galaxy s2 but either way im not disappointed,its a not a feature im dying to see in the galaxy s3 and I've used several similar apps over the past couple of years and they are not much more than a temporary novelty. On day to day interaction with customers even with those who are 4s owners with siri its seems that this is the general thoughts of the vast majority of people.

4. wendygarett unregistered

nobody would buy sgs3 if sammy allow svoice......

5. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Ha, see. Like I said.. if Samsung cared, they would lock it down. Guess they cared after all :)

6. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Bwahahaha! :D Where's remixfa?

7. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Aww same minute posted

8. BigDenn

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

There is a fix already: go to /system/build.prop and change 2 lines ro.product.model=GT-I9300 ro.product.device=GT-I9300 reboot and enjoy.

14. sum182

Posts: 229; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Yup, just edit your build.prop to that of the S3 (GT-I9300) and BAM, acess!

30. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I was just going to say that - easy fix.....

9. amancarlos

Posts: 42; Member since: May 09, 2012

mine still works on cm9 atrix4g, it was buggy from the start but still works, unlike yesterday.

10. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

workaround in 3 2 1.....

12. dcgore

Posts: 234; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

This is a filter free comment but i have to say Samsung is a lot more apple like that they'd care to admit.

23. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

I don't think it's very fair to Samsung to say that. The SIII has yet to be released, what if they're doing final testing before the launch and can't because servers are jammed due to extremely high traffic? Obviously, the SIII test before launch and the phone itself should have priority. Maybe once the SIII is launched and it's stable, Samsung might open up the servers again to other Androids, who knows?

15. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

So essentially you hack access to a server service that was intended for a specific purpose and then complain when they cut you off? I'm sure they built it with a certain load in mind, and it is their's to do with as they please. Quit'cher whinin'. You haven't paid for it, and they didn't advertise it as being free to everyone.

16. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Why not let us have s voice for a fee instead,samsung?

18. eDiesel

Posts: 142; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

Oh they will.... for the price of an s3.

19. Archan_Pe

Posts: 74; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

thats because samsung thinks it will be one of the main selling points of its news flagship... So if it will be open to the android public they think it will be less of a big deal... its just similar to what apple was thinking... and they were right.... alot of people try and buy the 4S for Siri... just like my friend and a couple of relative xD

17. Sangeet

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

Now that is good.. Samsung worked hard on that and no other people have the right to run this software on thier phone other than the samsung galaxy s III, so i like this move by samsung.

20. Archan_Pe

Posts: 74; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

This was super expected....LOL of course there going to find a way to make the S voice exclusive to the S3 its dubbed as one of its selling points... Its so similar to the move apple did... Voice assistan double day ja vu

21. joaolx

Posts: 364; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I told this was going to happen sooner or later and you guys said that they weren't like apple and that s voice didn't run through servers. So there it is. They are trying to protect they property and s voice is a selling point for sgs3 so it's normal they'd block.

22. wp74ver

Posts: 62; Member since: May 10, 2012

Even android has to stop their own users from copying lol is guess even the users are copy cats lol.

31. hybris

Posts: 56; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

This move was by Samsung and completely unrelated to Android as an OS. What the hell are you talking about? And Samsung is using this feature as a major selling point for their new flagship device, of course they don't want it being used on other phones pre-S3 launch. Have some common sense.

25. JusMePnut

Posts: 31; Member since: Apr 23, 2012

Had it and may use the work around. But this app is not a good enough reason to buy this phone. I have the E4GT on alpha cm and there is nothing about the S3 that says I should spend 600 bucks on it. Isn't even a complete upgrade from this phone here.

26. ap1989

Posts: 145; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

forget you Samsung i hope your tablets do get banned here in the US. all you care about is the next product to sell here

27. DigitalMD

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 17, 2010

Just get the Vilingo app free from the market, It's actually better anyway

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