Hey kids! Looking for an early taste of the new Touchwiz? Well you're in luck! A leaked Galaxy S III ROM is out in all it's bandwidth crushing glory! A whopping 800MB download awaits those eager to get their hands on Samsung's latest.

The Galaxy S III and its new version of Touchwiz will make about a million additions to Android. Somewhere in this download are things like S-Voice (a Siri-style virtual assistant), Pop-up Play (a floating video window), and Smart Stay (which uses the front facing camera to refresh the screen timeout), just to name a few. Developers (and eager bloggers) should start ripping into it immediately.

The full ROM, if you've got about 40 minutes of download time to spend, is available right here.

S-Voice is available as a separate download here, but Samsung's cloud compute server is very picky about who it responds to. The general theory going around is that is only listens to Samsung devices, but you're welcome to try.

I just so happen to have S-Voice up and running on my Galaxy Nexus, I'll have a full hands-on article posted shortly. Stay tuned!

Source: XDA via SamMobile | Android.hdblog

Ron Amadeo
Ron loves everything related to technology, design, and Google. He always wants to talk about "the big picture" and what's next for Android, and he's not afraid to get knee-deep in an APK for some details. Expect a good eye for detail, lots of research, and some lamenting about how something isn't designed well enough.
  • http://twitter.com/lipefleming Filipe


  • Texas

    Will this work on a GS1?

    • secano


    • http://twitter.com/zackeryfretty Zackery Fretty

       Worked on my Galaxy S 1

  • FirefighterMatt56

    I keep getting "Server Error" while trying S Voice on my TFP. I guess that would have been expected lol.

  • mikeGsays

    Yeah, issues abound for getting S Voice on the SGSII (Skyrocket variant for me), but we're still messing with it!  Got the apk to install, tutorial to run, but lots of force closing going on....

  • Jays2Kings

    No server error my my Droid X with CM9, however certain times I get an fc, not sure if it's by certain commands yet.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1519620310 Zac Rodriguez

      So far I'm getting force close for saying "Play music" type of commands and if I click "Search the web" if S Voice doesn't have the answer.
      It doesn't seem to work well for Play Store installed apps (Kayak, Poweramp, TED is a no go, Skype is).  I wish it would just work in the background listening for "Hi Galaxy" so I don't have to always click to open.
      On a rooted VZW (I know, ew) Galaxy Nexus running the ParanoidAndroid 0.6b

  • TheFirstUniverseKing

    Guys, for S-Voice to work, you have to place the apk into System/App, use Root Explorer to only check the read permissions, and the top write permission. Reboot your phone, then go to the apk within System/App and tap it then install it like a normal app to end the force closing. If you think I'm wording things in a confusing manner, just go to this link. It should clear things up for you.


    So far, I'm not that impressed with the app. I just asked it "Who was the first astronaut in space?" and it redirected me to Google Navigation to some place named Space Drive in NC.

    • Ron Amadeo

      I just installed mine like normal and it works.

      • http://www.AndroidAllies.com/ BearDroid

        Try changing the wake-up command. It might force close then.

        • Nick Klenchik

          I can't get it to work using "hi galaxy" anyway. Galaxy Nexus running Liquid 1.4

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            That's funny, on the Transformer Prime, Hi Galaxy works, but nothing else does due to the "bad server" error.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/URDPUIT5WBQ6KNO73DR4TOFW7U DC lmanlo

      Had to do it the way you mentioned putting the apk on the System/App and using Root explorer. 
      First install forced closed. 
      Galaxy Nexus.

    • http://twitter.com/mdtolic Matthew Tolic

      This is it:  "Guys, for S-Voice to work, you have to place the apk into System/App, use Root Explorer to only check the read permissions, and the top write permission. Reboot your phone, then (THIS IS IMPORTANT TO END FORCE CLOSING) go to the apk within System/App and tap it then install it like a normal app to end the force closing." 

      Really? I'm tired of doing so much work to make my device capable of doing what it was designed to to in the first place. If it's capable, Android should let it run. But it's not happening. I feel limited. I feel held back. I feel like I don't want to F with my phone anymore. 

      • http://www.linuxdistroreview.com/ Bo

        Your device wasn't designed to do this, unless you have a SGS III, and you don't. 

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        You're installing an apk ripped out of another phone, and you're upset that it may take too many steps? It was not meant to run on your phone, no matter what phone you have, as you don't have the S III yet.

        • fixxmyhead

          Installed it like a regular app on my s2 no pushing it to the systems folder and it's working fine for me.

      • solomonjets


      • Guest

        "I feel like I don't want to F with my phone anymore." 

        ...ummm wat do you mean by "F"... o_O 

      • housry23

        Then get an iPhone. It's a match made in heaven....but wait....don't get anything older than the iPhone 4s because Siri won't work on it. Also, it has nothing to do with Android and more to do with business. See, if manufacturers and carriers gave every new feature to every phone in their lineup, why would anyone upgrade? See how that works. They make new features available for the new phones, and don't offer it on their old ones and people run out and buy them. Does it suck? A little, but that is why we root our phones. Deal with it. Apple doesn't put all the new features on it's older handsets. Windows Phone 8 will not be on any available Windows handsets. So, I guess it isn't just Android that you have to hack to have the latest and greatest for now is it.

    • Guest

      Indeed. BUT Ask it "Who was the first astronaut on the moon" and it replies correctly with 'Neil Armstrong'. Obviously the first astronaut in space is less widely known, which is why it couldn't find the answer, but it should've...

      Similarly, if you ask it "Who was the second astronaut on the moon" and it couldn't find the answer. Looks like nobody cares about who came second...

  • jjrudey

    S Voice is nothing special.

  • Tim Kermode

    Seems pretty similar to the built in vlingo..

    Just getting server errors though so can't really test it

  • Tim Kermode

    Constant server error

    Force closes on trying to set wake up command. Pretty useless at this time lol

  • http://twitter.com/KraYzeE2k9 KraYzeE

    Opened up the APK, seems to have a bunch fo vlingo files in it.

    Name: res/drawable-sw320dp-hdpi/vlingo_logo_color.png

    It also asks you to accept the vlingo TOS :/

    • http://twitter.com/KennyO112 Kenny Otero

      If you click the "about S Voice" under the setting menu it states that it's made by Vlingo

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      S Voice on the S III as well as whatever voice capabilities the SGS II has are all powered by Vlingo.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joeyklatzko Joseph Klatzko

    Smart Stay and the upgraded Beam Features are what I care most about. Can't wait to see these in custom ROMs

  • Prince

    I keep getting parsing errors. Any ideas? Bionic running ics nightlies

    • hurrfrost

      Same, on an Epic 4G

      • Palmer Nyako

        Maybe because you're gingerbread? ;)

        • John

          I keep getting a parsing error Vz galaxy nexus nexus AOKP M5

          • John

            I got it installed. Had to extract from. Rar and then install the extracted apk. Also the mirror didn't work for me. I had to use the main link and request the desktop Site.

    • Palmer Nyako

      Maybe because you're gingerbread? ;)

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I was getting parsing errors on Gbread on my Epic Touch, but it worked on ICS on the Prime (though the app itself says "bad server" or something).

  • Palmer Nyako

     Someone should test to see if anything works on non ics devices?
    i had parsing problems and i'm on gingerbread, sooo maybe.

  • Vivek Katukuri

    I installed it normally. Like any other apk without pasting it in the system/app folder. And surprisingly havent had any force closures yet. And I have been really playing with it. It's accurate most of the times but is really really slow. I asked it to call my friend and it took almost a minute to call him even though it found him in a second. I am running a leaked ICS build on my Samsung Skyrocket.

    • Tim242

      Can you post the apk? Parsing error from source apk.

  • http://twitter.com/KennyO112 Kenny Otero

    I've got it working on my Sensation running  an asop ICS (Virtuous Inq) Rom. It's buggy, but I've been able to send text messages and make calendar events. Won't wake up on command though.........

  • andres Pereda

    Hey Matthew Tolic: You do realize that this is a version of Touchwiz that it is not yet available to the public. This is exclusively for the SGS3.

    We Root our Phones to let them do the supernatural. in otherwords, things that it was not designed to do out of the box.

    We who root had the ability to have our device get the latest version of android when it was not out for our phone yet and we can install any rom. One that is for daily driver, battery savings or for heavy usage.

    I love my EVO 4G and since i have rooted it i have had so much fun experimenting with roms and settings. We are nerds those who root. We live for complicated methods to achieve what we want whether we are permitted or not.


    • http://www.dolphinfree.net Tenkely

      You don't _need_ to root to flash custom ROMs... you'd need root access to put S Voice in the sys app folder, but as far as flashing a new ROM, nope.

      • Tim242

        Can you post the all? Parsing error from source apk.

    • Karma 4 All

      Yea...double check your definitions next time before you make an a$$ out of your self again.

  • http://twitter.com/zackeryfretty Zackery Fretty

    Has anyone tested this for anything malicious? Is it legit? 

  • fixxmyhead

    Loving it works better than Google voice actions its more accurate

    • Tim242

      Can you post the all? Parsing error from source apk.

      • fixxmyhead

        I don't think I can post it from my phone and I don't have a computer at the moment. The links are up there go on xda that's where I got it

  • derekross

    Personally, I've always liked Vlingo. I mean S Voice.

  • housry23

    S Voice sounds ok, but what I'm insterested in is Smart stay. Anyone have a download for that?

    • Nick Klenchik

      This ^^^^

      • http://www.dolphinfree.net Tenkely

        I third this, but I bet it's tied into the new TouchWhizz framework somehow... Would love to try it out though :)

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          I'm 99.9% sure that's the case - even the eye shows up in a place that's reserved for system stuff (right half of the notification bar).

  • http://twitter.com/benbaranovsky Ben Baranovsky

    Works for me!  Best piece of Android news I've seen in a while.  So happy!

    GSM Galaxy Nexus 4.0.4
    Rooted, Stock

    Follow @TheFirstUniverseKing:disqus 's instructions!

  • Ron Amadeo

    S Voice is rather temperamental. Hands on will be up tomorrow morning. Night guys!

  • Ashutos jain

    will this rom  work on galaxy y ?

  • Psykokilla_b

    S Voice installed on my Acer Iconia, though no server connection.  Cant get it to install on my S2 though.  Anyone got any ideas?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Is your SII running ICS? You should be able to install it if so. If you're on GB, you need ICS at a minimum.

      • Psykokilla_b

         Running rooted stock Bell ICS

        • Psykokilla_b

           got it installed.  Put it into data/app and it opens.  First attemt to use voice control says network error and FC's

  • Vladimir

    S Voice running on my stock ICS Sensation (not rooted, just installed as normal apk). After I give it a command, I have to go back in order to use it again, speak button becomes unresponsive.

    • Vladimir

      Now it started working perfectly.

  • Himmat Singh

    So can anyone with any phone (or must it only be Samsung?) download and install the ROM and run the device with the exact same software running on the S3? 

  • Whcaudio

    Downloaded the .apk. Installed using ES Explorer. App runs fine. Same as everyone else can't change wake-up command. (I wanted to change it to "Computer"). 

    A little troubleshooting: If the button is un-responsive, go into settings and turn off the wake-up command. That way you don't have to say "Hi Galaxy" and you just hit the button. It seemed to become more responsive for me after doing that.

  • Whcaudio

    Forgot to mention I'm on an HTC Rezound using ICS 4.0 and Apex Launcher

  • Whcaudio

    Funny little thing I just figured out.. Ask your S-Voice to go to Facebook. When it tries to do it, it'll say you need to be logged into Facebook to do that. Then it'll bring up the confirm app with FB thing. Guess what it thinks the app is. Vlingo.

    I think the rumor that S-Voice is just a themed Vlingo is true.

    • r3drox

      same thing for twitter. My tweets are tagged Vlingo for Android!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      It's not a rumor - S Voice is powered by Vlingo, even the SGS II voice app is. It's nothing new.

  • http://twitter.com/EmalLikeBau5 Emal Jaan

    S-voice is not listening to me on Samsung Galaxy Nexus :-( 

  • Rovex

    Sorry guys there is more to S-Voice than this apk.  If you install it all you get is a slightly newer Vlingo with simpler front end. The real advancements are deeper in the Touchwiz framework and ROM.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Like what? Care to elaborate?

      • Rovex

        Vlingo just does the voice recognition part of it, the rest of S-Voice is dependent on TW itself, its linked in in many ways. By installing this on a non S3 all you are getting is a slightly better vlingo. Im surprised its working as well as it is frankly.

  • eXmel

    Just did a quick online scan of the .apk and it seems fine.

    But still, one doesn't know for sure...

  • Andrew

    This is probably a stupid question, and I'm assuming the answer is no, but will that ROM work on a GS2?

    • Andrew

      Yeah, never mind, it won't at the moment.

  • hapenny

    tried it out and to be honest the full version of jeannie is much better

  • http://www.npike.net/ NPike

    Seems to work pretty well on my Galaxy Nexus VZW 4.0.4.  Doesn't seem to respond to "Hi Galaxy" on the lockscreen though as the brief introduction says it does.

  • Bryannnnn

    I may sound like a noob, but can any one tell me or send me somewhere that will help me install this on my AT&T Galaxy S II?? I haven't installed ROMS or Rooted sense I was using a motorola Cliq :P so I'm new again:P

  • Fahd Soomro

    Just downloaded and extracted the apk. Copied the file into the Phone folder of GS2 (running ICS 4.0.3). Tried installing using 3 different applications (Astro File Manager, ES File Explorer and the stock Samsung file manager) but to no avail. Keeps saying 'Application not installed'.

    Little help someone?

    • Mikey_H

      I had a similar problem, need to stick the file in the system/apps directory, follow the instructions in this link


      and make sure you reboot

      • Fahd Soomro

        The odd thing is I can't seem to find the sysem/apps directory anywhere on the phone from any of the file managing applications I use.

        Do you know why this might be?

        It's an official ICS ROM on my GS2 (in case that helps answer the question).

      • Fahd Soomro

        Still having problems :/

        Says voicetalk.apk copy failed.


  • Nix

    will this run on the htc senstation??

    • Fahd Soomro

      Should do

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000938795606 Dan YmSalutee Asalieh

    would this work on the inspire 4g ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/oldsfiftythree Olds Fiftythree

    Will the ICS rom for Gs2 work with the Blaze 4g?

  • Winston

    I just updated my Samsung Galaxy S2 with android 4.0.4. My problem is that the (Log) is not
    working. I cant see who called or miscalled my number. Can you give me a suggestion? Please help..

  • Winston

    I just updated my Samsung Galaxy S2 to android 4.0.4. My problem is that the (Log) is not
    working. I cant see who called or miscalled my number. Please help..