Samsung announces discontinuation of its S Voice assistant
Samsung announces discontinuation of its S Voice assistant

Samsung-Eight years ago, voice aids were not available and smart as we know them today

 Samsung had launched a voice assistant called S Voice, aiming to compete with Siri from Apple, and today it is time to retire as it will stop working in June.

S Voice was a powerful addition to the Galaxy S3 which achieved great success in the market in addition to its big-screen then 4.8 inches, powerful quad-core processor and TouchWiz interface.

But after launching other Galaxy phones

S Voice couldn’t achieve a good usage rate

 This prompted Samsung to search for another alternative, so she acquired Viv and used it to develop the Bixby plugin.

Although Bixby did not achieve much success either compared to Alexa, Cortana and Google Assistant, Samsung believes it is time to turn off S Voice at the beginning of next June.

And Samsung sent an update to its Galaxy Watch

Galaxy Active smart phones, which were relying on S Voice to give it the Bixby voice assistant instead.

 As for the Gear S3 and Gear Sport watch, it will get the update in June in conjunction with the shutdown of S Voice.

Most users will have no problem with turning off S Voice unless you own an old reliable smartphone and want to use it permanently, now you have to upgrade to a newer phone that uses Bixby.

What is S Voice? Samsung

S Voice is your virtual mobile personal assistant capable of running a large number of tasks through voice command alone to save you time and effort when using your Galaxy device. From the basics such as telling the time,

providing weather updates or opening applications to navigating to the desired location, adding an appointment to your schedule or updating your social media accounts, S Voice keeps your hands free to do other things.

Discover more about Galaxy for yourself.

Samsung did not say why it could not make Bixby in English available to users outside South Korea or the U.S. or when it will become available in other languages in other countries.

The service,

comparable to Apple’s Siri or Google Assistant

previously was available only in Korean.

Samsung says its virtual assistant can be activated by saying “Hi Bixby” to the phone or by clicking a button on the side of the S8 phones.

The rollout of the Bixby English version was delayed by a couple of months. Samsung’s mobile chief Koh Dong-jin had earlier told reporters the service would be available in English before June.

It also comes about one month before Samsung is widely expected to announce its latest iteration of the Galaxy Note smartphone after the discontinuation of its fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 phone last year.

Samsung, the world’s largest smartphone maker, is a latecomer in the virtual assistant race. Its rivals introduced their versions several years ago,

but the company said it believes its status as the world’s dominant mobile device manufacturer will give it an edge. Bixby also enables users to find more information about real-world items by pointing out a phone’s camera.

This assistant was then confined to history when Samsung launched Bixby with the Galaxy S8. It was a much more capable assistant even though many still believe that even version 2.0 can’t hold a candle to the likes of Siri and Google Assistant,

but that’s a debate for another day. Bixby’s launch had sealed S Voice’s fate as it obviously didn’t make sense for Samsung to support two similar features.

Samsung has thus decided to discontinue S Voice from June 1, 2020. If you try using the assistant after that,

it will return the “I’m unable to process your request. Try again later” message.

If you have a fairly recent Samsung phone then this change need not concern you as Samsung hasn’t shipped S Voice on new devices for a few years now.

The affected models that have the S Voice icon on the app screen include the Galaxy A3, A5, A7, A8, A9, Galaxy Note FE,

Galaxy Note 2, 3, 4, 5, Galaxy S3, 4, S5, S6, S6 edge in addition to the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, Galaxy W,

Galaxy Tab 4, Galaxy Tab 4 8.0/10.1, Galaxy Tab S8.4 and S10.5.

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