January 12, 2022
Samsung S Voice assistant shutting down June 2020

Samsung to Retire S Voice Assistant After Replacing it with Bixby in 2017

Samsung S Voice assistant, released in 2012 as a direct competitor to Apple’s Siri, and eventually replaced by Bixby, will shut down this June…

It’s been almost eight years since Samsung introduced S Voice — an intelligent personal assistant and knowledge navigator — at the end of May 2012.

Originally an answer to Apple’s Siri, S Voice’s replacement would make its first appearance in March of 2017. But, it never caught on, so the company acquired Viv to build out Bixby. However, neither really ever gained much use with the public and now, S Voice will sunset in June.

Samsung S Voice Assistant Shutting Down in June

Today of course, voice assistants are ubiquitous. But, the market is largely dominated by Google Assistant, Apple Siri, and Amazon Alexa. All of which are more powerful and accurate than practically any others available, at this time.

Although Samsung’s S Voice could make appointments, opening apps, set alarms, update social networks such as Facebook or Twitter, and provide navigation, its low rate of adoption makes it unnecessary. Samsung writes on a support page:

“Dear Valued Customers,

Thank you for using S Voice Service.

Please note that according to internal operation policy S Voice Service will no longer be available from June 1, 2020.

Affected Models: All models that have the S Voice icon on the applications screen, including the following models

– Smartphone: Galaxy A3, Galaxy A5, Galaxy A7, Galaxy A8, Galaxy A9, Galaxy Note FE, Galaxy Note5, Galaxy Note4, Galaxy Note3, Galaxy Note2, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, Gear S, Gear S2, etc.

– Wearables: Galaxy Watch, Galaxy Watch Active, Gear S3, Gear Sport, etc.
Please upgrade S Voice on wearable devices to Bixby (Galaxy Watch, Galaxy Active are offering Bixby with the latest SW. The Bixby upgrade will be provided to Gear S3, Gear Sport when S Voice ends).”

William Boleys

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