Samsung to close S Voice virtual assistant in June

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Samsung’s first shot at a voice assistant was S Voice, an incredibly mediocre product that debuted with the Galaxy S3. It was then preinstalled on most Samsung devices produced from 2012 to 2017, and was eventually replaced by the slightly better Bixby Assistant, starting with the Galaxy S8. S Voice has remained functional all this time, but that will not be true any longer.

Samsung has told SamMobile that the S Voice digital assistant will be discontinued on June 1, 2020. After this point, all questions will be answered with “I cannot process your request”.

Screenshots of our original practice with S Voice in 2012

It’s unlikely that anyone will miss S Voice, as most devices on which it’s been installed will still be able to use Google Assistant (or at least the old Google search). However, some of Samsung’s old portable devices that have never been updated to use Bixby will be blocked without a voice assistant. Sorry, Galaxy Gear owners.

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