Say goodbye to Samsung’s S-Voice—the servers shut down June 1, 2020

Say goodbye to Samsung’s S-Voice—the servers shut down June 1, 2020


Enlarge / S-Voice on its launch machine, the Galaxy S III.

You’ve bought a month and a half to say your goodbyes to Samsung’s S-Voice voice assistant. SamMobile stories that Samsung will shut off the servers on June 1, 2020, at which level Samsung’s unique voice assistant will cease trying to reply to your voice queries.
S-Voice arose within the early days of voice assistants, when Android OEMs theyre scrambling to photocopy Apple’s Siri voice assistant, which launched in 2011. Samsung licensed the identical underlying expertise for S-Voice that Apple initially used for Siri—Nuance Communication’s voice recognition—and set about constructing its Siri sibling. S-Voice was Samsung’s chosen voice assistant for its smartphones till it rebooted its voice efforts with the launch of “Bixby” in 2017. Samsung’s Bixby venture initially grew out of an acquisition of Viv Labs, a voice-assistant firm based by members of the unique Siri crew (see a sample right here?).
The Galaxy S8 and each machine after it launched with Bixby and never S-Voice, so this shutdown ought to solely impact older units. SamMobile hunted down an inventory of relevant units, saying “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.”
All these units are fairly outdated. The netheyst I may spot is the notorious Galaxy Note FE, a cellphone produced from salvaged, unexploded Galaxy Note 7 components that was launched in mid-2017. Most of those units must make due with another voice-command system like, say, the Google Assistant, which the units can freely install.
The future for Samsung is all Bixby, on a regular basis, but it surely nonetheless has a rocky future forward of it. Samsung has introduced Bixby to smartphones, smartwatches, TVs, and fridges, but it surely nonetheless hasn’t launched probably the most necessary items of voice-assistant {hardware}: a wise speaker. Samsung introduced the “Galaxy Home” Bixby speaker means again in 2018, but it surely nonetheless hasn’t come to market. The firm mentioned it will swap tracks and launch a less expensive Galaxy Home Mini someday this 12 months, however ready till the again half of 2020 to enter the sensible speaker market looks like a transfer that’s destined to fail. Millions of Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Siri audio system are already on the market. Amazon began the market six years in the past, and it is unclear why Bixby would achieve any floor towards its extra succesful, extra widely-adopted competitors.
I’ll all the time keep in mind my first hands-on with S-Voice in 2012, when talking the phrase “S-Voice” would prophetically be transcribed as “Ass Voice.”
Goodbye, Ass Voice.

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