Galaxy S III’s S Voice Prefers Windows Phone

    May 31, 2012
    Shaylin Clark
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You may remember earlier this month when it was discovered that Siri, the voice activated personal assistant software on Apple’s iPhone 4S, gave an unexpected answer when asked about the best smartphone. It seems that when you asked Siri what the best smartphone ever was, she responded that the the Windows Phone-based Nokia Lumia 900 was best.

Apple, much like Snow White’s wicked stepmother, didn’t like their magic mirror telling customers that another smartphone was the fairest in the land, and reprogrammed Siri. Now instead of performing a Wolfram Alpha search when you ask Siri what the best smartphone ever is, she responds with “the one you’re holding.”

Now it looks like Apple isn’t the only wicked stepmother with magic mirror problems. The Inquirer recently discovered that S Voice, the totally-not-a-Siri-clone voice assistant software on the new Galaxy S III, returns its own unexpected answer when asked which smartphone is fairest in the land. S Voice, though, gives a slightly different answer. Whereas Siri picked the Lumia 900 based on Wolfram Alpha’s results, S Voice searches Best Buy review data and comes up with, of all things, the HTC 7 Trophy. Check it out for yourself (image courtesy of The Inquirer):

Best smartphone ever?

Now, the HTC 7 Trophy doesn’t really measure up as a candidate for best smartphone ever, being as it’s getting rather old. What’s really interesting, though, is that both Siri and S Voice showed a Windows Phone-based device when asked about the best smartphone. Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean that Windows Phone is better than iOS or Android, but given the sources for the two programs’ information (customer reviews), it’s pretty clear that Windows Phone is at least as popular among its fans as iOS and Android are among theirs.

Of course, as with Siri, don’t expect S Voice to keep returning this result forever. Samsung is bound to have a fix in the works already, assuming they’ve heard about this little easter egg. Of course, Samsung probably won’t be sending HTC off for a stroll in the woods with an armed huntsman (though they might like to). Instead, Samsung will probably do the same as Apple and make some tweaks to S Voice’s backend so that it will give users the “right” answer.

  • http://www.bluerose-software.nl Herman van der Blom

    You know what it really shows? That the Windows Phone OS is by far superior :-) You know what really great about it :-) Its not written by so called “reviewers” but by real customers :-) And that the only real way to win the Phone OS battle :-) MickeySoft will win :-) the same way they did with XBox360, because it has the best software.

    • Ross

      Except you’re forgetting one major problem there: Windows mobile OS is crap.

  • Fabian

    Firstly, in comment to the article, S-Voice is not a Siri clone. Voice recognition has been around for ages by now.

    Secondly, to the dude above me, those “so called reviewers” actually are real customers too, but with the levarage of having other phones to compare. Normal customers will usually only upgrade their old phones after two years or so. This means that unless they have real issues (like exceptionally bad call reception or something), they will probably rate their phone pretty high while they might have rated it much lower if they had used another phone on the market. Therefor I see a reviewers opinion (if they aren’t bribed ofcourse) as a much better indication of how the phone really is.

  • Fabian

    I actually ment the dude below me.