LG is not one to let its arch-rival Samsung linger too long in the sun. After the release of the Galaxy S3, complete with voice assistant app S-Voice, LG is getting in on the game with LG Quick Voice for its Android phones. But does it stand a chance?
LG has announced a new service, LG Quick Voice, is headed to its LG Optimus Vu Android phone when it goes on sale in South Korea later this month, with other unspecified Optimus phones getting support in the weeks afterwards.
The service works in a similar way to Siri on the iPhone 4S and S-Voice on the Samsung Galaxy S3. Using natural language, you’ll be able to launch apps, compose messages, access your calendar, maps, weather and stocks.
Whether or not it proves as useful as either remains to be seen however. Siri is far from perfect, but has a lot of potential, and gets some new features in the upcoming iOS 6 release. S-Voice has been quite well received by the press, but longtime readers will know that we’re not fans. It’s not so much that it doesn’t recognise words well, but that the interface for it is fundamentally flawed.
LG will have to do a lot better with Quick Voice if it’s to make any impressions whatsoever, especially when Apple and Samsung now completely own the smartphone market between them.
No international availability is known yet, but LG’s got global plans for its other smartphone services – like a cloud syncing app for your phone and your TV – so we’d expect the same for LG Quick Voice. You’ll know when we do.