The first thing we are going to do is deny both Samsung and some colleagues. After the first leak of the container (apk) of the S Voice, it is true that Samsung blocked its operation and its connection with the servers of Vlingo, the company that is behind the technology of this voice assistant that aims to challenge the Siri of the iPhone. But, when I write this (Thursday morning) the application opens without problems. Another thing is its performance, something that we will see later.
The second thing to do is stop calling it S Voice, the application already has a name in Spanish and is called S Voice, and so it will come when the Galaxy S3 goes on sale in Spain next week.
And now to the mess. The S Voice should run smoothly on any Android mobile with Ice Cream Sandwich. We have tried to install it on a tablet and an HTC with Gingerbread and we have not succeeded. Where if we have been able to do it, it has been on a Nexus S with Android 4.0.4. There are several versions of the S Voice apk out there. Here you have the one that I have been testing.
Its installation has no greater mystery, with any apk installer it is done. Just in case, it is convenient to be root of the mobile, although I did not need it. Once installed, you have to run it and adjust some details before using it.
“Hello Galaxy” es is the command that Samsung has chosen to open Voice S. But this greeting, which is at the same time the first step to use it, we can change it for the one we want, at least in theory. And we say this because, after going to settings / help / wake up Voice S and trying to change the name to “Hello Nexus”, the application closes. First wrong step.
Neither does one of the great qualities of this voice assistant work. During its presentation in London, at the beginning of the month, we could see how the S Voice could be activated and awakened even with the mobile at rest. For that, you must not have any lock pattern activated, but even though we removed this security measure, the Voice S did not wake up. Second wrong step. This unpromising principle may be due to the fact that it is still a test version.
Let’s continue with the adjustments. S Voice is installed by default in Spanish from Spain, but also includes seven other languages, from English, both from the United States and the United Kingdom, to Korean. One of the options that must be activated yes or yes is the location. Without knowing where we are, Voice S loses a lot, especially when we ask it to take us somewhere.
Another option you have is to hide offensive words, something it does by replacing them with asterisks. I have not activated it. As for the call options, I recommend configuring it with the option “When you are sure” lest you get confused when dialing the number we have asked for. A very useful one is to scroll. Activated, we indicate our address once, and whenever we want to return home from a place we do not know well, it will be enough to shout “Navigate home!” and it will open the Google Maps Navigation with our destination.
On the Awake command we have already said that it doesn’t work on our Nexus. It would be a great thing to be able to activate Voice S with the same voice but there was no way. The last adjustments to make before you start testing it is your connection to Twitter and Facebook. Voice S promises to update our wall or write a tweet just by dictating it to them. It is striking that Google + does not appear among the social networks with which it is understood.
In a second post we will enter fully into the promising functions of the Voice S