When the S Voice application, which launched together with the Samsung Galaxy S III, leaked and was made available for the masses — at least those running ICS-powered Android devices — many have jumped to download, install and take the application for a spin just to later find out that there were some network errors which led everyone to believe Samsung was blocking the service. While there was a fairly easy workaround, Samsung itself admitted that they are indeed blocking the offering.
According to the manufacturer, they are indeed blocking S Voice and it is because “Samsung Electronics does not want consumers to judge the quality of the voice feature based on a test version“. However, “when the product is launched, users of GALAXY S III will be able to fully experience S Voice“. This is key in the wording and it might shed some light on why Samsung is really blocking the application. It is one of the main selling points of the Galaxy S III, just like Siri was on the iPhone 4S, so it’s just normal that Samsung doesn’t want other users to benefit from the app. What do you think? Is it because it was an early build or is it to protect the product and its users?