Heard about Galaxy AI? It’s Samsung‘s latest AI-based feature. And it’s set to hit nearly 100 million Galaxy devices by 2024.
The big reveal happened at the Galaxy Unpacked 2024 event. TM Roh, the big boss of Samsung MX, had some exciting news. “Galaxy AI in the Galaxy S24 series is a hybrid AI. It uses both on-device and cloud-based AI,” he said. “This year, we’re introducing Galaxy AI to about 100 million Galaxy smartphones. It’s all about the global expansion of mobile AI.”
Now, let’s talk about some of the key features of Galaxy AI. One of the most talked-about additions is the ability to search anything on your screen. Just draw a circle around it. Galaxy AI recognizes the subject and works with Google to show you similar results from the internet. It’s like Google Lens, but smoother.
This feature is called ‘Circle to Search’. It’s a Google brainchild. And guess what? ‘Circle to Search’ will also be available to the Google Pixel 8 and Google Pixel 8 Pro starting from January 31.
Another cool addition by Galaxy AI is the ability to live translate your calls and conversations. This could be a game-changer for travelers. As long as voice recognition works flawlessly, that is. Plus, Galaxy AI also converts your voice to text and can provide a summary of the conversation later, if you ask. Once voice recognition is fully accurate, this feature will be a hit.
There are also some one-click photo editing capabilities added to the new series of flagships. Features like blurring the background or auto-framing the subject. Neat, right?
But here’s the catch. Galaxy AI might be too good to be true. TM Roh dropped a bombshell. Samsung hasn’t decided whether to charge users for the AI features yet. Users will get to enjoy the AI features at least until 2025. But after that? Users might have to pay for some of the currently available AI features in the Galaxy S24 series.
Samsung might bring more advanced AI features to its Galaxy devices in the future. But that requires significant R&D. And that’s where the concept of subscription for features on your phone comes in. Galaxy AI involves both server-side and on-device models. So, we’ll have to wait and see whether Samsung considers charging for features that are running on-device.