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Feb
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Samsung may be preparing to announce the Galaxy S5 at Mobile World Congress later this month, and one of the features it's sure to detail is an updated version of its S Voice assistant. We saw a few screens of this app leak recently, but now SamMobile has gotten some hands-on time with the app and has the screens to prove it.

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The app has a blue-green theme now with a flatter look. It looks more modern, but I'm not sold on the colors. It also still sports that oddly placed menu button from the last leak. According to SamMobile, the new S Voice is faster at recognizing spoken words, but not as fast as Google Now. S Voice is also less effective at understanding accents than Google's option.

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These screens came from a Samsung device with model number SM-G900H. This is rumored to be a variant of the Galaxy S5, but SamMobile can't confirm that. You can check out the link below for a few more screens.

[SamMobile]

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  • fsdgasdg

    that is one ugly app

  • vgergo

    Not just ugly, but dumb too. With Google Now on board there is absolutely no need for it either, it's just embarrassment when it accidentally opens

    • Leif Sikorski

      I like Google Now much more, but that being said it's still stupid in many situations - especially in other languages than english. I can't even ask Google Now for my next appointments, while S-Voice has no problem to find and read them ... even in German. As long as Google doesn't extend the functionality of the voice commands and releases then in all languages and not just english there is still a place for Apps like S-Voice. Same about the speech engine. The Samsung HD Voice in German sounds much more natural than the one from Google.

      • vgergo

        These are good points. I have never tried these services in any other languages

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      • Pavel Sikun

        Well, for me situation is completely opposite :) Google now works like a charm on russian(not as good as english tho, but most of things work), while S-voice is horrible.

    • Marcell Lévai

      Wrong! S Voice is available in a few languages Google Now doesn't know. Also: competition is never a bad thing. Btw I don't like the way it looks either.

    • icyrock1

      Eh, I'm of the opinion that the more competition the better.

    • hot_spare

      Google Now and S Voice don't perform the same function. If you are referring to voice search, that's just a small part of Google Now. S Voice is more of a hands free control for the basic operations of the phone. Obviously Google Now will have better search capability. But Google Now lacks system level integration like S Voice. Both have their strengths and use cases are different.

      For searching anything in Internet, GN >>> SV
      For performing basic phone functions, SV > GN

      And Google needs to bring better functionality of GN outside few 1st world countries. Their non-english offering is also pathetic.

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        I guess the system-wide integration for Google Now is just a matter of time. They didn't bring this out yet because they are probably keeping such things for new Major release (5.x)

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

    One thing I love about these (assuming they're real) is that there is a software menu button on every (non-setup) screen. That suggests Samsung will be dumping the menu button on the S5 and moving to Back/Home/Recent, like they did on the NotePro. =D

    • usaff22

      I hope at least they put the back and recent apps keys the right way around (like the Nexus 5), unlike the Note Pro line.

    • miri

      They kind of have to. Kitkat doesn't treat the menu button differently anymore and it's a growing trend for apps to have multiple menus.

    • joshuaasantiago

      Doesn't KitKat force the stack overflow regardless if you have a menu button now?

      • http://tinyroar.com Cats-R-Friend

        That is easily changed in code. Companies will remove this commit and still use physical menu buttons

        • Floris

          I believe you're incorrect. I read somewhere that Google put this in the part of Android which phone manufacturers are not allowed to change. If they do so they won't get through compatibility suite testing to be allowed to use the Google Apps.

          EDIT:

          view 7.2.3 in this document: http://static.googleusercontent.com/media/source.android.com/nl//compatibility/android-cdd.pdf

          • hot_spare

            How do you do that and also call the platform open? If true, Google certainly is taking a lesson from MS in terms of restrictive policies.

          • Floris

            Well, Android itself is as open as it gets, just not Google's Android.

            I believe Google has done this since the beginning of Android. If you read through the document it actually makes a lot of sense for them to do so. Maybe not this particular change, but they want to keep their platform together. Myself, I don't call Android open. The way it's shipping to customers I think you really shouldn't see it like that either.

          • mgamerz

            Who's forcing you (an OEM) to use google apps?

          • Justin W

            Exactly - Android itself is completely open. If you want to use the Google Play Suite of apps, you have to conform to Google's guidelines.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

        To Google apps, sure, but Samsung wouldn't put this in their apps unless they needed it.

    • henry

      All the status bar icons are also now white. HTC have also changed theirs all to white in the Kit Kat update for the One.

      I think we'll see Samsung and HTC and other OEM's like Sony push more towards the standard android look in 2014.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      They'd better off just remove hardware buttons forever, it's twenty-fucking-fourteen

      • namesib

        So what?

  • icyrock1

    Jesus... I know some people miss the neon blue from jellybean but this is a little much.

  • DanieleMnn

    That background...so ugly...

  • Martin

    Is it possible the "new" touchwiz to be even more ugly than now? I will not be surprised. It's SAMSUNG after all.. :-)))

    • hot_spare

      Clearly many people don't agree with your logic. That count is likely to go higher by the end of 2014.

      • Alex

        People buy ugly cars all the time for various reasons. Gas mileage, safety, reliability, price, etc. High sales doesn't necessarily mean people like how TouchWiz looks.

  • LSH99

    The illustration of the phone with the home hardware button certainly seems to call into question the recent rumor about Samsung moving to on-screen buttons only for the S5.

  • vgergo
  • EH101

    I very much like the shades of blue in the settings screens, but the shade used in the main app leans slightly more towards green is just ugly in my opinion.

  • Andrew

    That black check box with that green checkmark .... ewww.

  • blackk

    "Okay Samsung, stop embarrassing yourself."

  • Steve B

    Go home Samsung, you're drunk.

  • Saraladevi S

    Is any one really using S Voice? I opened couple of times in my S4 by mistake.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Well this is just ugly, now Samsung too wants to move away from classic black color scheme with blue text to teal color scheme with white text...

  • Brendan

    How are they still developing S-Voice if they agreed to stop making alternatives to Google's proprietary apps? I haven't ever used S-Voice, but from what I can tell it looks about the same as Google Now/Google Voice Search.

    This seems a little off...

    • https://play.google.com/store/search?q=kodiak+211 Google_Is_The_Higgs_Boson

      Might be something they were working on, before the deal...

  • Memphis May [S]unjay

    This is so ugly....

  • Julie Powers

    Google now was working just find till the last update now it says tap mic so u do it says speak now ok.can't even yet one wird out and tells me to tap mic. Why can't they keave things alone when they wirk just fine?