I am a Samsung Mob!iler and one of our latest missions was to have a look at Samsung S Voice. Samsung S Voice is voice recognition for a phone, the idea being that you can speak to your phone and it carries out the command you tell it. To be honest I was not sure how useful this feature would be, personally I would feel a little daft talking to my phone and having it talk back. My preference is to press a button, but thinking a little bit more about it I realised that this feature could actually be useful at times. For example if you are driving it would be great to ask your phone to navigate somewhere and get told directions (as long as you are not distracting while doing so).
To access the S Voice control you just need to click the S Voice button in the apps section, appropriately it looks like a little microphone.
Once in S Voice you can set other options to access it, the default is to press the start button at the bottom of the phone twice to launch it. Samsung S Voice is quite an amiable chap who speaks with a British accent. It must pick up the country setting and decide what voice to give it. There are a number of other settings you can choose from in the settings menu, you can use Location data or not. There is also a comprehensive Help section which gives you details on the different things you can use S Voice for. The list is comprehensive, there are a lot of things you can use S Voice for. From sending a text to searching the web to finding the weather to getting directions somewhere, all useful things.
I had a little play, first I asked it about today’s weather. It was happy to tell me that today it was going to rain.
When I asked it to search for Hadrians Wall it tried to search for Hadrians for which was not quite as useful. The voice recognition is a bit hit and miss and I do not have a very strong regional accent. I suspect that it would struggle a little bit with some local accents. One feature that I really did like was the fact that if you said “Camera” it would open the camera and then to take a photo you just need to say “Shoot”. This makes it much easier to hold the camera steady when using it.
I did like the fact that S Voice seems to have a sense of humour. When I asked it “How are you?” , the reply was “I can’t complain”. I then asked it “How old are you?” and it told me ” It’s a secret”.
Having used S Voice I have warmed to the idea of it and I can see where it could be useful. At the moment it is still a bit hit and miss, you really need to speak very slowly and clearly so that it understands you. Having said that it is really amazing that Voice Recognition technology is now freely available in a mobile phone. It really shows how fast technology is moving and I am sure that it will only be a matter of time before it works really well.
Disclosure: I am a Sumsung Mobiler and was asked to write about S Voice as one of our missions but I was not told what to write and all the opinions are my own.
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