Samsung’s Galaxy S24 series has introduced a range of AI-powered features that promise an enhanced user experience. These features are currently exclusive to the new phones, but there is good news for owners of older flagships.
In an interview with TechRadar, Patrick Chomet, Samsung’s Head of Customer Experience, confirmed that select 2023 flagship devices will receive the new Galaxy AI features. The devices included in the list are the Galaxy S23, S23 FE, Z Fold 5, Z Flip 5, and Tab S9. These devices will receive the new AI features through the One UI 6.1 update in the first half of 2024.
However, there is a surprising exception to this rollout plan. The company’s 2022 devices, including the Galaxy S22 series, will not be receiving the new AI features, despite being eligible for the One UI 6.1 update. Samsung has not provided any specific reasons for this omission.
When questioned about this, Chomet simply stated that they are “limiting” the initial rollout to last-gen devices “for now.” This leaves Galaxy S22 owners uncertain about whether they will eventually have access to the full potential of their devices.
Adding to the confusion is the inclusion of the Galaxy S23 FE in the rollout, which is equipped with the same chipset as the S22 in some regions. While it is possible that S22 owners may eventually receive the Galaxy AI features, Samsung has not provided a concrete timeline or guarantee.
Now, let’s take a look at the Galaxy AI features that will be coming to more Galaxy devices:
Circle to Search
With this feature, users can use their finger to draw a circle around an object or text on the screen to instantly learn more about it.
This feature allows users to translate spoken and written content in real-time, both online and offline. It enables users to have conversations with people in different languages, understand signs and menus while abroad, and even translate documents on the go.
The Chat Assistant feature automatically translates messages while users are chatting, eliminating the need to switch between languages.
This feature helps users summarize and organize their notes, making them easier to review and find relevant information.
Voice Recording Assistant
With this feature, users can turn their voice recordings into text with speaker identification. It also provides transcripts, the ability to translate recordings, and even summarizes key points.
While the new Galaxy AI features are currently exclusive to the Galaxy S24 series, Samsung has confirmed that select 2023 flagship devices will receive these features through the One UI 6.1 update in the first half of 2024. However, the omission of the Galaxy S22 series from this rollout has left owners uncertain about the future capabilities of their devices. Samsung has not provided a clear timeline or guarantee for when or if the Galaxy AI features will be available to S22 owners.