Galaxy SIII‘s Voice enabled assistant has been anticipated to be very accurate, and its even more effective that iPhone 4S’s Siri.
This became possible after Galaxy S III’s firmware was leaked. This ROM cannot be flashed to other phones however, developers managed to extract out the apps and design elements.
S Voice is a lot like Siri and with out tests, it was only better. It listens to you all the time and it can wake up the phone when you tell it to. It reads aloud incoming messages, missed calls, answers your questions, schedules meetings, lets you set calendar events, send messages to contacts, get Wolfram Alpha-powered answers to questions, find out weather forecasts, and does everything Siri does. S Voice works only on Android 4.0.x ICS, and we’ve tested that it runs on any AOSP ICS ROM. What that means is it would run delightfully on ANY Android device including Galaxy SII, Note, Galaxy Nexus, HTC One X, and any device running ICS.
How to Install S Voice on ANY Android ICS device
Download S Voice APK here
Do not directly install the APK, this app needs to be installed as an system app to work properly. You can install it as System app with following instructions:
- Download the apk to your SD card
- Using a ROOT file manager, copy/paste into system/app
- Longpress the apk file from Within system/app, select “permissions” and change to r-w, r, r
- (Optional) If you experience problems (crashes), try this: After the app is installed, use a file explorer and navigate to system/app and press on the voicetalk.apk to reinstall again over top of the original install.
S Voice vs. Siri vs. Google voice search
In out tests we found S Voice to be more accurate in identifying voice. We threw different English accents on it: American, British, Australian, Indian, Chinese, it seemed to catch all of them very well. Accuracy was much higher than Google voice search & Siri.
However, S Voice is not as intelligent as Siri in identifying user’s intent with natural speech. e.g. Even a more direct question like “Where’s a good Indian restaurant?” sends you to Google, and the tutorial advises using much less fluent syntax such as “Text Katie message are you free tonight for dinner.” S Voice doesn’t make much effort to indulge more alternative queries.