Galaxy AI is coming to fewer Samsung phones than we thought
- Samsung has unveiled the Galaxy AI lineup for its S24 series of phones, with great features and promised software updates for older devices.
- However, the list of devices eligible for the Galaxy AI function is smaller than expected, with the exception of the S22 series.
- The Galaxy S24’s AI features are free until the end of 2025, but may require a subscription after that, following the trend of creating additional revenue streams for smartphone companies.
With the unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S24 series last week, AI has somehow become a bigger talking point in smartphones. Samsung even went so far as to call them “AI phones” instead of smartphones. Some of the new features in the Galaxy AI range are really cool, and the Korean giant was quick to confirm that the feature set will eventually be available for older devices as well. However, it turns out that the final list of eligible devices will be much smaller than we thought, and will contain some notable omissions as well.
At its Unpacked 2024 event earlier this month, Samsung announced a trio of Galaxy S24 smartphones. Much of the keynote presentation was spent talking about the new intelligent software features, which will be called Galaxy AI from now on. They include search circle, live translation, notes help, image help, and more. With the phones promising seven years of software updates, we expect the list to grow in the future.
At launch, it was also confirmed that some older devices will receive Galaxy AI functionality via software updates, such as the S23 series, S23 FE, Z Flip 5, Z Fold 5 and Tab S9 – sometime in the first half of this year. . It turns out that this was an exhaustive list and that the S22 series won’t get any of the Galaxy AI features. In a conversation with TechRadar, Samsung’s head of customer experience, Patrick Chomet, revealed that none of the devices launching in 2022 will succeed, stating that they want to “secure the quality and performance of what we publish.” Then we will learn how to use people (these features) and tune performance.
This may come as a blow, as the Samsung Galaxy S22 is not even two years old at this point and uses the same Exynos 2200 chipset as the S23 FE. The speaker used phrases like “for now” while justifying this decision, but we weren’t holding our breath over it. For eligible models, we expect the One UI 6.1 update to bring Galaxy AI capabilities.
It’s also worth noting that the Samsung Galaxy S24’s AI features will only be free until the end of 2025, after which it will require a subscription of some sort. Details like pricing haven’t been shared yet, but third-party features like Google’s Circle to Search could remain free for a while longer. Google is doing something similar with the Pixel 8 series, with the main Magic Editor feature, among other things, requiring a Google One subscription.
The Samsung Galaxy S24’s AI features will only be free until the end of 2025
Samsung did not reveal the prices after that
This may be an early look at how smartphone companies will want to create additional revenue streams in the future, by locking certain features and capabilities behind a paywall. While Samsung and Google are early to jump on the bandwagon, others like OnePlus are taking a slightly different approach with their flagship phones.