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Samsung Explains S Voice Block For Unsupported Handsets

Samsung Galaxy S III S Voice

Earlier this week, developers successfully extracted Samsung’s new S Voice application from a Galaxy S III ROM and posted it online for anyone with an Ice Cream Sandwich handset to try out. While users reported mixed results, many were lucky enough to get S Voice working… until Samsung blocked all requests from unsupported handsets just a day later.

The Korean company has now confirmed that block and explained that it does not want users to judge its new S Voice feature until its official debut on the Galaxy S III later this month. Of course, that doesn’t mean you’ll be allowed to use S Voice on unsupported devices after its launch:

“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.”

Those who installed S Voice on their handsets now receive a “Network Error” message when attempting to use the application. But as they often do, users on the XDA-Developers forums — where the application was first leaked — have discovered a workaround that fools the service into thinking you’re using a Galaxy S III.

However, if you’re desperate to get your hands on S Voice and you want a seamless experience that isn’t going to be blocked, it’s probably best you get your Galaxy S III pre-order in now.

[via The Verge]


Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...

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