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Updated app also reportedly runs much faster than the current version

A couple of Samsung's apps due for update have already leaked out, and today we're getting a look at another. The folks at SamMobile have obtained a look at a new version of S-Voice, Samsung's voice activated personal assistant. The first thing you notice is the appearance – it's gone all flat and teal. Personally, I quite like the new color scheme, but equally its sure to be some folks distaste as well. 

There's a whole bunch of screenshots to take a look at – head over to the source link for more – but beyond form, the function is reportedly much better, too. SamMobile notes that while not as responsive to accents as Google Now, it is noticeably faster than the current version. As with any leaks though, we'll reserve final judgment until we see it on a device in our hands. And that might not be so far away.

Source: SamMobile

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SpookDroid says:

Not convinced :( I like the 'old' look better. In any case, unless it REALLY improves, I still pick Google Now.

DWR_31 says:

LAWSUIT imminent!
Apple Siri lovers rejoice, as you can now expect higher share profits when Apple wins this litigation.

Posted from my "KNOX-FREE" 4.3 Sprint GS3 Maxx...!!!
(ZeroLemon 7000mAh battery)

rd_nest says:

Off topic --

New Samsung Office in Tab/Note Pro line:

seanjenkins says:

Thought they were stopping this crap

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NoNexus says:

Stopping what? Giving customers what they want? You can get the gpe version. I love the features on my Note

Kit Kat tastes like Jellybeans. Can't tell them apart...

MS3GT says:

Really, you think Samsung is known for giving customers what they want? You really think they're gonna update devices with this? Don't hold your breath. All they're gonna do is release a new device with new features and not update or support the ones that just came out a year or less. Getting sick of the BS.

A895 says:

You can be mad all you want but, they continue to do well and no matter how much tech nerds and commentators froth at the mouth about Samsung they are the biggest and most profitable Android manufacturer.

enigmax says:

Let see this message after 3-5 years on 2017-2019 and see how well Samsung is going. Unhappy customers is a growning number within Samsung. And people tends to recommend or not recommend phones/tablets to friends and also writes opinions to internet. If your friend, whom you trust, says it is better to stay away from Samsung, would you still buy a samtoy? If yoy read many unhappy comments about Samsung, will you be still interested in a samtoy? Atleast Im always checking reviews and net before buying any new device. And if there are unhappy customers around the world, I skip the product. You dont? Of course you can always say that most of people dont read reviews etc., but most of those people buy only cheap devices...

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gololakho says:

Go away you're drunk. More people are buying Samsung phones than before, because you hate Samsung doesn't mean most people do.

worknman says:

I have a Note 10.1 2014. It doesn't weigh as little as the iPad Air, so it's not perfect :P But all things considered, I'm pretty happy with it.

A895 says:

You can be mad all you want but, they continue to do well and no matter how much tech nerds and commentators froth at the mouth about Samsung they are the biggest and most profitable Android manufacturer.

elmacho says:

This ^^

fchowd0311 says:

Unfortunately we aren't Samsung shareholders. So why would that statement have ANY meaning to us?

Don't buy Samsung then.

mmark27 says:

Whaaaa??? Samsung has even updated the S3 to the latest version of Android (that Samsung has released) on par with the S4. The menu systems and most all features, except for the hover features and such that it does not have the sensors for. Let me guess, you have a Galaxy S device and are mad they didn't update that POS? Or you have some cheapie samsung phone that wasn't a flagship. Buy flagship, they support those.

Dragan Cake says:


D13H4RD2L1V3 says:

Haven't got the OTA for my old S3 yet.

Still stuck on 4.1.2.

I'll recheck once I find it.

TenshiNo says:

Actually, Sammy has been doing pretty well lately with respect to keeping devices updated. They're already pushing 4.4 out to the N3 and S4 (actually started several weeks ago). Non pure-AOSP devices are *never* going to get "instant" updates with Android. It's the nature of the beast.

As long as OEM's make a serious effort to at least keep up in a reasonable time frame (and keep consumer informed) for phones newer than about 1 1/2 years, then they're doing it right IMO.

NoNexus says:

They always have.

Certainly not the quickest at times but lets use the S2 as an example, that ended on JB after launching on Gingerbread in 2011.

People hate on Samsung but their record contradicts most of the BS.

NoNexus says:

You think that the S4 and Note 3 aren't? Get out from under the rock.

I would be willing to bet, given their track record, that the S3 and N2 do as well.

As much as the haters say it, it still will not be true.

SSmaster says:

If you can't download it, how is it a leak?

NoNexus says:

Because sam mobile is showing it before it is released?

Kit Kat tastes like Jellybeans. Can't tell them apart...

You can't get your hands on the the HTC M8 but that still leaked...

bluesun3030 says:

Leaked images of the the software.

SSmaster says:

Thank you. Android Police got it right....

Google now is just to good

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rd_nest says:

They don't serve same purpose. Google Now is more of a predictive feature controlled by some sort of AI-esque-algorithm.

This is more of a traditional hands-free feature to control your phone and perform basic functions and searches.

Thunder350 says:

Um, doesn't Google Now do all of that too?..

gololakho says:


TenshiNo says:

Google Now ("Voice Search" activity) does everything SVoice does on my N3, except that Google Now does it way better IMO. I love my Note 3, and I loved my Note 2, but one of the first things I did when I got the N3 was disable SVoice (I did play with it first) and setup Home2Shortcut so I could have a double click of the home button open Google Now Voice Search instead of SVoice.

This looks too much like iOS.DAFUQ Samsung stop turning Android in to iOS

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MS3GT says:

Samsung is definitely not copying Apple, they can't update a device past a year. If they do, it's only to be compatible with that STUPID WATCH.

twolastnames says:

You have no idea.


NoNexus says:

It does not look like iOS

Kit Kat tastes like Jellybeans. Can't tell them apart...

ccrsems5 says:

I agree. not like ios at all if you ask me. I have iPhone 5 and Galaxy Note 3. Love them both. but I never use S Voice... Google now is the best, but Siri does a little better with scheduling, etc. But, not like ios.

Correct. But we will never hear the end of how the new TW looks exactly like iOS7 and is a blatant ripoff.

TheDu9du says:

I hope that this flatter appearance means more free-for-apps storage in the phone's SD card.
This is likely the main reason why I went away from Samsung.
I couldn't justify $650 for only 9 Gb of free-for-apps storage.

NoNexus says:

You mean 73GB for storage, on the SD card with Apps2sd...

Notajediyet says:

Hey Samsung, here's an idea. Why don't you put S-Voice, S-Health, and all your other proprietary apps in Play and allow older phone users to update them. Might help with bug fixes too. You can restrict them to Galaxy devices and limit them by os number, so it should be easy to do.

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seanjenkins says:

I can think of somewhere else to put them

XavierMatt says:


Verge FanBoi

TenshiNo says:

lmao. Nice.

Budius says:

why can't they simply f_ing follow what it is in there

as an Android developer I really hate Samsung.

rd_nest says:

Because they don't want to.

And being an open platform, they can very well do as they like.

gololakho says:

As if people care. After all you seem like you're a $h!t developer with no brains. Samsung controls majority of android, which will translate that most of your customer base is with Samsung

ConTejas says:

Wow a new level of dbag!! Say it isn't so?!

barondebxl says:

Why diss Samsung need to copy IOS every time? Flatter look too? Come on now.

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anthonok says:

How about just ditch it and use Google now samsung?

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They won't be ditching S-Voice cos it serves a different purpose.

TenshiNo says:

How's that? I haven't found one thing (on my Note 3) that SVoice can do that Google Now's "Voice Search" can't do. (In fact, there's a few things Voice Search does that SVoice doesn't)

Maybe I'm missing something. If so, please enlighten me.

ConTejas says:

You're not missing anything. Google Now does it all and then some.

theShiz says:

Sweet. As long as I can still disable it like I do with almost all the features Samsung puts on their phones, I'm good. (I like the remote though)

xamadeix says:

I honestly wish Samsung would just go darker..

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TenshiNo says:

That "sea foam green", or whatever is, that they used for the background is just hideous. Reminds me of the old Windows 95 default background color.

But at least MS used that because they figured not everyone had a high-end video card yet and wanted to choose a color that would fit into the 256-color 8bit palette.

Samsung doesn't have that excuse.

I may use it, simply because Teal is my favorite color

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XavierMatt says:

Damn.... I wanna see screenshots of the m8. Not sure which phone I'm going to get

vgergo says:

How to: Start Google Now with your voice on the Note 3

Death to TouchWiz!

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