30
Jan
sv

Can you hear that? The growing din of excited Samsung fans is rising as we move ever closer to the announcement of the company's new flagship device. Samsung is rumored to be giving its UI a facelift on the Galaxy S5, and that may extend to the S Voice app. A pair of leaked screens show what appears to be the new UI for Samsung's voice assistant.

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The current S Voice app is definitely in need of an overhaul. It looked a little chunky when it was released with the Galaxy S3, and it hasn't really changed much since then. The updated UI in the images is much cleaner and flatter. There's also a menu button up at the top, which looks a bit like a work in progress. It's odd how the text slides under the button, but there is no action bar attached.

There is a resemblance between these screens and the possible "search cards" from earlier this month. These screens certainly look believable, but we'll probably have to wait for the Galaxy S5 announcement to know for sure.

[SamMobile Twitter, AndroidWorld]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • lensgrabber

    haha silly S Voice. Okay Google Now.... Why does S Voice suck

    • TheUndertaker21

      because you hate samsung

      • Nathan Bryant

        I like Samsung and I know S-Voice sucks. They did a terrible job at it. Samsung does a lot of "Me too".

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            Why your roommate's mom? If you have this amazing money making idea, why aren't you doing it?

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          • usaff22

            Geese have more dignity than that!

      • lensgrabber

        actually I don't hate samsung. I hate the bloatware. I would buy a Note 3 in a heartbeat if I could unlock the phone, bootloader, and get rid of touchwiz like I could on the GS3.

        • hot_spare

          Why would anyone want to get a Note 3 and use 'stock' Android on it? If you like stock so much, get a Nexus. There are tons of nexus or Nexus-type devices available. I personally don't want every android phone to look so dull and cold.

          • lensgrabber

            I didn't say anything about stock android did I. I want the camera and S-Pen functionality. What I want is a touchwiz that's not in your face all the time and more streamlined.

    • hot_spare

      For exactly the same reason Google Now sucks. Google Now, S-Voice and Siri (though I haven't used Siri much) are useless in real sense. They fall under *gimmick* catagory.

      But since this a Android blog (in extension a google-worshipping site), most here will say Google Now is next to God.

      The only effect of using Google Now in my N4 is battery drain. It sucks battery like a bitch, and is practically useless in everything. So yea, both of them suck.

      • andy_o

        I bet you have lots and lots of evidence for what you're claiming. Yes, sir.

        • hot_spare

          Nope, none at all. Do you think I am stupid enough to keep it running when I see it sucks battery?
          And even if didn't suck any battery at all, what am I going to do with that? It does nothing, just sows the weather once in a while and gives me useless routes to my home. It's a bloatware - just like S_voice.
          The only evidence I have is that it's useless for me. If that offends you so much, go file a lawsuit for saying something against your beloved Google.

      • saltyzip

        I use Google Now on my N4 and it works very well, not noticed any detrimental effect on my battery life. I suggest you install the qualcomm battery guru to help out.

  • Karlo

    Looks to me like iOS7
    redesign.

  • srikanth003

    "Make sure you've got your sunglasses today"!
    Trying to be more engaging? might as well remind people of MS-office 'clippy' ...god those dreaded knock on the glass sounds...

    • http://mrmcpowned.com mrmcpowned

      "Hey! I see you're trying to write a suicide note. Need any help?"

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  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Why is it suddenly teal?

  • nerds

    just looks like they copied ios7 again. no surprise.

    • Sean Royce

      Not really. Besides, it's not like Apple haven't stolen stuff from Android. Ehem, notification centre.

      • jboogie1289

        Etc, Etc, Etc.................

  • Lorenzo Faccini

    Ugly

  • kablow

    I've seen more attractive things in my toilet!

    • Sean Royce

      It's honestly not that bad, 10x better then what it already looks like.

  • Dominic Powell

    Is it that hard to choose some good fonts? Do italics and their uses evade samsung? Why does good design evade 90% of Samsung?!

  • evertjr

    Fugly. Like everything Samsung.

  • duse

    So the menu button is finally dead.

    • vijay alapati

      wow....thats a nice observation....hope S5 has onscreen buttons

      • duse

        It will probably have hardware buttons in the Recents-Home-Back layout like their new tablets. That's okay...as long as Menu is gone.

  • vgergo

    :-) I hope the app "S for Switch Voice" will allow me to replace it too with Google Voice Search, as it does with the current version of SVoice. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=hu.viczian.deathtosvoice

  • Ryan O’Neill

    Good thing it says "PRESS THE BUTTON", cause otherwise I'd have no clue what that microphone doo-hickey does.

  • ihatehipsternerds

    Samsung’s video, browser and music apps are better than Google’s and
    Chrome. Also you should know that google now and google music are not
    available in all countries, but Samsung sell their phones all over the
    world so it's best for them to provide those services to their customers
    who don't get some of the Google apps.
    Also
    1 Samsung Games came before Play Games,
    2 Mobile Print came before Google cloud print,
    3 Samsung Link came before chromecast,
    4 ChatON come out before
    Google’s Hangout
    5 S Voice came before Google now and on top of that S Voice does more than Google now
    Also
    lets not forget Youtube pop up window which Google ripped from Samsung.
    It’s mildly dishonest to frame the image as Samsung
    “recreating” Google’s apps when they actually beat Google to the punch.

    • digigenocide

      Google cloud print has been around since at least 2011 and Google has had voice search since day one. Not sure how it was possible for them to rip off Samsung before Samsung made s voice. And seriously, who really uses ChatOn and Samsung Games?

  • fzammetti

    That is... shockingly... UGLY. F**k this f***ing flat UI crap already! It's like designers around the world collectively decided to be boring at the same time... "Hooray, we've got more graphics horsepower available to us than ever before - now let's promptly NEVER use it!"... and no, don't gimme that "simplification is good" line... there's a vast difference between simplification and just making things dull, lifeless and ugly... one doesn't have to imply the other in either direction.

  • andy_o

    "Set timer for 1 minute." Oh buuurrrrn.

  • Brandon Tietsort

    Hey look, it's Eye In The Sky weather widget.

  • Babs Oyed

    S voice is crap! It was one of the first apps I disabled after getting my Note 3.
    I wish they would focus on more important things like making S Note work better, polishing the UI, improving esthetics, etc, than their annoying me too apps like S Voice.
    All the same, I'm still rooting for Sammy. Hate S Voice, Love Google Now.

  • Apollo Eldon

    Yay! I can't wait to ignore this just like I do with all of Samsung's built-in bloatware.

  • Groud Frank

    Samsung does a really good job of keeping an airtight lid over its products. We are a day and some hours away from MWC and this is all the leaked info we have.