Samsung demos S Voice, a Siri-like natural language interface for the Galaxy S III

Samsung demos S Voice, a Siri-like natural language interface for the Galaxy S III
The demonstrations from Samsung’s Mobile Unpacked 2012 are still rolling, but it’s clear that Samsung wants to emphasize S Voice, their Siri-like “advanced natural language user interface”. It appears to have a similarly deep integration, allowing users to send messages, play music, manage your calendar, etc., using natural language voice commands. It doesn't talk back to you with the same degree of personality as Siri, but one interesting new feature is you can also wake the Galaxy S III from sleep mode by telling it to wake up.

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.

source: Samsung

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44 Comments

1. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Shocker that Samsung is copying Siri. I would have never seen this coming

2. HussamAldean

Posts: 19; Member since: Apr 28, 2012

voice command was available in SGS2 before even siri was lunchec :)

4. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

*Voice commands existed in Android before Siri was launched.

36. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 969; Member since: Feb 02, 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: Nov 22, 2011

what a shock you would be the first one to post about it... troll

6. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I must concede that S voice is a competitive response to Siri. However, I must say next: So. What? 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: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Agree with your whole post. Except the better than the competition part.

13. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

From what little I've heard about S voice, it offers expanded functionality over Siri.

15. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Exactly you know nothing about it, haven't tried it, but in your mind it's already better.

20. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 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: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

You would think that Apple owns voice commands....dude, APPLE bought SIRI and did not invent it.

18. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Umm that would be you constantly bashing Apple. And google bought android

34. erdatp

Posts: 1; Member since: May 03, 2012

The way Samsung show S Voice is just so sad .. No creativity

12. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 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

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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: May 03, 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

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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: May 03, 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

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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: May 03, 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: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

for starters can Siri open your camera?

39. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 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 unregistered

SHOCKING u keep saying the SAME SHYT

5. androidornothing

Posts: 143; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Android had voice commands from noahs time so apple fans better shut up

7. DIYguy

Posts: 190; Member since: Feb 27, 2011

Who cares about voice commands -.-' thats to no real use

16. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 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: Feb 27, 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

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