Samsung Galaxy S3 S Voice(Photo: Samsung | Mobile Apps)
The most innovative feature of Samsung Galaxy S3 – S Voice – was hacked and ported to other Android smartphones last week. However, the joy was short lived as Samsung quickly figured it out and restricted the device access to servers required for functioning of the app. Surprisingly, however, the leaked S Voice app is functional again on Android smartphones other than Galaxy S3, if the latest reports are to be believed.
According to The Verge, the leaked S Voice app has started working again on ICS powered non-Samsung smartphone without any change in the code. Samsung’s voice assistant S Voice has been released on the company’s new flagship smartphone. It was hacked and distributed to the public around the same time. S Voice is an updated version of the voice assistant found in Galaxy S2. The app is widely popular due to its Siri-like functionality. S Voice can virtually do anything that Apple Siri does. You can place a call, text a friend, check weather, organize meetings, open apps and even shoot pictures on voice guidance.
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Earlier, it took less than a day for Samsung to shut down the unauthorized access to the app. However, it appears that Samsung has opened the gates to the servers and the leaked S Voice apk app is again working on other Ice Cream Sandwich devices. Folks at Android Community also confirmed the functioning of the app on Samsung Galaxy Nexus and HTC Sensation.
You can download the S Voice app in .apk file format from XDA Developer forums. However, to install it, you will need to enable application installations from non-market sources. Go to Settings – Security – Device Administration and check the “unknown sources” option on any Android 4.0 ICS powered smartphone.
In case, you have already installed the app and it is not working, it is recommended to re-install the app again.
We’re back with another awesome giveaway for all the gamers out there. Android Community has partnered with NVIDIA and ASUS to celebrate the 1 year anniversary of NVIDIA’s Tegra Zone. Just like our previous giveaways this isn’t just a free tablet. We’ll be offering the ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 quad-core tablet, the TF300 keyboard dock, a Logitech Wireless game controller, and even a Jawbone Jambox portable speaker. Add all that up and you get a top quality mobile gaming system that could rival consoles. We will be giving away 3 of these “Tegra Packs” so you have multiple chances to win. Read on for all the details.
Over the next few weeks Android Community will be giving away 3 of these ultimate gaming packs to some of our loyal and lucky readers, as will our sister site SlashGear. Along with our giveaway, NVIDIA is also doing the same and will be giving away 7 packs so you essentially have tons and tons of chances to win some Android tablet goodness right here. Our rules are below, as well as what you’ll need to do to win from NVIDIA. They want your input on what the best Tegra game is, and we do too. From ShadowGun to Riptide GP. Tell them for your chance to win.
First have a look at the rules to enter and win from Android Community, then below will be the links for NVIDIA’s side of things.
Circle us on Google+ at: +Android Community
- Leave a comment in [this G+ thread] telling us why you think you should win, what your favorite Tegra game is, or what game you’ll play when you win.
Winners will be selected like so: we’ll pick a set of our favorites and put them in a hat to pick at random. We’ll select one a week for 3 weeks.
It’s just that simple folks. A few clicks and you could be the lucky and proud owner of an awesome quad-core Android tablet ultimate gaming bundle thanks to NVIDIA. Next, you can get even more chances to win by voting on your favorite game (as mentioned above) over at NVIDIA’s TegraZone site itself. NVIDIA is calling this the Players Choice Awards and you can get in on the action by clicking here or by scanning the QR code below with your smartphone or tablet.
If you’ve never experienced the awesomeness that is an NVIDIA Tegra-optimized game you’ll want to check out all of our links and reviews below of multiple impressive games, as well as our full review of the Transformer Pad TF300 and Prime tablets. ASUS also explains it well with this little comment: “Running latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the ASUS Transformer Pad is a value packed tablet that with multi-color style, and productivity with expandability when connected to the mobile dock. With a 1.2MP front and 8MP rear auto-focus camera with large F/2.2 aperture and exclusive office software, staying connected and productive has never been easier.”
Giveaway begins May 10th and ends May 31st, 12:01AM PST barring any complications finding the winners. All winner will be announced once we’ve contacted and confirmed them here in the main news feed and at our official Facebook/Google+ pages.
Giveaway is open to residents of the US only, over the age of 18. One entry per person. Family members of NVIDIA, ASUS, or Android Community/SlashGear are not permitted to enter. Competition entries are only accepted via the specified Google+ thread; entries left in the comments section of this or any other post will not be recognized.
The winner will be contacted by an Android Community/SlashGear staff member upon being selected and will be expected to respond to that staff member; they will be expected to respond within 24 hours else their prize may be forfeit and another winner selected. Editors decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Winners agree that their name and details of their entry may be used for promotional purposes by, but not limited to Android Community, SlashGear, and NVIDIA.
Prize consists of a pack including one ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 tablet, one TF300 mobile keyboard dock, one Logitech game controller, and one Jawbone Jambox Speaker. There is no other alternative for prize winners unless this prize should become unavailable, in which case SlashGear reserves the right to substitute another prize of equal or greater value.
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Who has tried out the new Chrome for Android beta? While we love it here at Android Community it’s still in beta and has a ways to go, not to mention be available on more devices. Today Chrome’s Senior VP Sundar Pichai had a sit down and was able to chat about Chrome and Chrome for Android with CNET, and had some interesting things to say regarding the browser and it’s future.
While Pichai had plenty to say regarding the Chrome Browser its the part for Android that had me interested. Speaking about the amount of downloads (almost 500,000), and how they plan to improve it in the future — talking about feature requests and more. Here is what he had to say:
Given that it’s a beta product and only available on ICS, we’re really happy where it is. I think most people haven’t experienced it on tablets. They will discover a lot of good things there as well.
Regarding updates and features he also mentions the two biggest being full-screen browsing, and the option to set browser to show the desktop version of sites by default. Something many do today and we wish Chrome had out of the gate. He mentions both make sense, and they will being updates soon that will bring said features. They just want to do it correctly, and well. Pichai also had this little comment that gives me tons of hope for the future.
We are going to continue releasing Chrome for Android at a pretty healthy pace. In a year from now, we’re going to take leaps and bounds.
What this means for Android we don’t know at this moment, but we have a feeling it will be something major. Many have talked about merging Android and Chrome OS, and while that could potential be something he’s hinting at — that is very far away. Could Android become a unified platform for phones, tablets, desktops and homes in the future?
Hopefully the Chrome for Android rollout with continue strong and more devices will have access soon. He also briefly talks about Adobe Flash, HTML 5, and Google making money with Chrome for Android. If you haven’t tried Chrome for Android yet we urge you to give it a try today.