Samsung has come forth and clarified that the language used was inaccurate, as the voice commands on work when the feature is turned on; and that it will only be searching for specific keywords instead of listening in to whole conversations. It is more likely that the original wording was in place to protect Samsung from liability in the event that a data breach did occur; although that perhaps had the wrong effect on users.
Elsewhere, Samsung Smart TV users are also reporting seeing audio-less Pepsi advertisements appearing on their own offline content. Users of Plex, a third party app that allows for playing video, ended up trapped watching the ads every 30 minutes or so; despite playing content from their own storage devices. Other users on separate third party apps also reported seeing the ads appearing.
Two pieces of bad news in the same week is not something that Samsung would like as it gets closer to Samsung Unpacked, where people expect the company to reveal its next flagship smartphone. With any luck, that device won’t be spying on us either.