The S-Voice saga continues with a new episode. This time it’s Samsung that comes forward with an official statement admitting it has blocked leaked S-Voice app due to the fact that this was just a “test version.”
S-Voice is part of Galaxy S III’s software and has been leaked last weekend
, along with the first official Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich ROM, which is supposed to run on Samsung’s Android flagship smartphone.
However, Samsung claims that the Galaxy S III ROM leaked several days ago contains an earlier build of S-Voice app and not the final version.
The folks at The Verge
have reached out to Samsung for an explanation and the South Korean company issued the following reply:
“An initial test version of S Voice which was found online has been blocked as Samsung Electronics does not want consumers to judge the quality of the voice feature based on a test version. When the product is launched, users of GALAXY S III will be able to fully experience S Voice
As you may notice, Samsung does not say anything regarding the compatibility of the S-Voice app with other Android devices, so until Galaxy S III goes live we won’t have any official statements.
Although S-Voice access to Samsung and Vlingo servers was limited to Galaxy S III devices, the Android community found a way to trick these servers into thinking that any non-Galaxy S III smartphone is in fact a Samsung Galaxy S III
This means that most Android phones can take advantage of S-Voice, though the applications can only be installed on devices powered by Ice Cream Sandwich platform.
Still, until Samsung Galaxy S III hits shelves, most users who installed the leaked S-Voice won’t be able to tell if the personal assistant application is working as intended, or it’s just an early version.