Samsung’s answer to Siri, S-Voice, was certainly a big failure. It never recognizes what you say and just randomly does anything that it wishes. Any Galaxy S3 user would agree to the same. But thanks to Google that it came with a very tough competitor to Siri which was named as Google Now and it was integrated in Jelly Bean. And Google Now is simply amazing! Neither S-Voice nor Siri doesn’t stand a chance in its competition. The only problem is that even with the Jelly Bean update to the S3 you cannot completely replace S-voice with Google Now. However here is a way you can do the same.

Google Now



  • Place the flashable zip in your phone.
  • Reboot into recovery mode by pressing and holding the Volume-Down button, Home button, and Power buttons together for 20 seconds or do the same combination of buttons while turning the phone on.s3 recovery mode
  • Now navigate to flash zip from SDcard and select the flashable zip and flash it.
  • Once it is done, reboot your device and verify that the app “Google” is in your app drawer. If it doesn’t work refer to this guide.
  • Set up your account,if you already haven’t, in Google Latitude for a rich Google Now experience.
  • Launch the Google Now app from the app drawer and go through the tutorial till your cards finally appear.
  • If you are satisfied by not binding Google now to the Home button you can stop here else continue to the next step.
  • Launch S-Voice and go to settings and uncheck the option “launch s-voice”.
  • Launch the app Home2 Shorcut downloaded earlier and press the “choose application” button under the caption “step 1” in the app.Select Voice Search
  • choose the option installed applications and then select voice search from the list of apps.
  • Then scroll down to the label given as “step 3” and press on “Select Home Application” and chose the Home launcher you are currently using.
  • Then press the home button and then select Home2 Shortcut as your default home launcher.
  • Now every time you press home button twice in rapid successions to launch Google Now.
  • Reboot the phone and enjoy Google Now!
  • Now you have Google Now on your Galaxy S3!



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  1. rspear
    Posted March 3, 2013 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    S-voice isn’t that bad if you’ve given it a second and third chance like I have. Lol. (Mainly bc nothing integrates with blue tooth car kits better.) Google now wont use the blue tooth mic and its also fails to connect when bluetooth is enabled. The third con is that it doesn’t have a wake up command.

    Please prove me wrong

    • Posted March 3, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

      It’s a matter of choice in such matters. Not that S voice is horrible. But it’s a general opinion that Google Now is preffered over S voice. However if S voice suits you well, you must use it.

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