The first official Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich ROM for Galaxy S III leaked over the weekend, along with all those goodies that Samsung included, such as S-Voice, S-Beam, Direct Call, Smart Stay and more.
The folks over at XDA Developers
have been able to extract the S-Voice personal assistant from the original ROM
and made it available for everyone to download.
Unfortunately, it took only a few days for Samsung and Vlingo to block access to all non-Galaxy S III devices that were running the application. It appears that the S-Voice sends requests to Vlingo’s servers every time its voice capabilities are used.
Samsung and Vlingo made it so these requests would not be processed anymore unless the device sending them identified as Galaxy S III.
However, the folks over at XDA Developers
found a way to spoof the servers into thinking that the S-Voice requests are received from a Galaxy S III.
Moreover, they have been able to extract more Samsung Galaxy S III goodies, such as Accuweather, stock analog clock, stock digital clock, video player, GTalk, FM Radio, ringtones and wallpapers.
All these can now be installed separately on any rooted Android device, but keep in mind that this requires Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.
It is also worth mentioning that due to the fact that, once the S-Voice APK
is installed, the device will be identified as Galaxy S III in all contexts, some applications and/or service may not work anymore.
It has been reported that users who have Google Wallet installed won’t be able to use it anymore, but the issue might have been solved with a new build of S-Voice.
For more details on how to download and install S-Voice, as well as the other goodies extracted from Galaxy S III’s official ROM, head over to the original thread