At their global Unpacked event in San Jose on January 17, Samsung unveiled their new Galaxy AI project. This new suite of both on-device and cloud-based AI features makes its debut on the new Galaxy S24 series smartphones. But the company plans to bring Galaxy AI to existing devices through a software update in the near future.
Galaxy AI is coming to more Samsung devices
Samsung has announced that its Galaxy AI will be extended to "select Galaxy devices" in the first half of 2024. These will be the Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23 Plus, Galaxy S23 Ultra, Galaxy Z Fold 5, Galaxy Z Flip 5, but the company also plans to boost the relatively entry-level Galaxy S23 FE with AI intelligence. Galaxy Tab S9 tablets are also eligible for the upgrade.
TM Roh, president and head of MX Business at Samsung Electronics, said in an interview with the Korea Herald that the company plans to roll out the features this year to about "100 million Galaxy smartphones for the global expansion of mobile AI." It is yet to be seen whether Samsung will bring the whole package, or follow a more selective approach depending on the model.
Galaxy AI remains free... Yet
To the question of paid AI, Roh said the company is not yet considering that option. However, as the AI capabilities become more advanced and require higher investment, the idea could be debated. Samsung's product pages for its Galaxy S24 series devices mention a "late 2025" period after which the company might start charging users for at least some of its Galaxy AI services.
Galaxy AI is an advanced form of artificial intelligence designed to improve the user experience on Samsung devices. This can include everything from speech recognition and image analysis to predictive text and recommendations based on user behavior and preferences. The company has been working on developing this technology for several years, and its implementation on the new Galaxy S24 series smartphones is a big step forward.