The Samsung Galaxy S3’s voice assistant app and its intelligent display time-out feature are little more than gimmicks, according to tech fans surveyed by uSwitch Tech.
In keeping with the marketing of the S3 as a phone that’s "designed for humans", S-Voice enables users to interact with their handset using only their voice.
The Siri rival lets S3 owners make calls, wake-up the phone, send mails and texts, adjust the volume and snooze the alarm via spoken commands.
SmartStay, meanwhile, uses the phone’s front-facing camera to monitor user’s facial movements. It then determines whether the phone is in use and will only time-out if the screen is not being looked at.
However, while these differentiators have featured heavily in campaigns for the S3, the public is less convinced of their merits. To say the least.
In a poll of 1,240 consumers conducted by uSwitch Tech, 61.5 per cent (762 people) dismissed them as mere gimmicks that would likely get little use beyond their initial novelty value.
Widespread scepticism over the efficacy of voice commands technology comes as Apple has just announced major changes to Siri, following strong criticism for failing to comprehend commands and its lack of support for businesses outside the US.