Looking to keep up with Apple’s iPhone X, Samsung is planning to add an animoji-like “3D emoji” feature to the Galaxy S9 premiering later this month, according to a Korean report.
It’s not yet official what Samsung will actually name the new feature, as ETNews said this week. However, the report did claim that Samsung’s new technology will be “more advanced” than what Apple currently offers on the iPhone X.
Samsung is often accused of imitating Apple. For instance, the bold and ‘courageous’ step that Apple took to remove the headphone jack was initially mocked by companies like Google. Later on, the Pixel 2 was released without a headphone jack. Although, the two companies regularly leapfrog each other in features. Samsung, for example, has had OLED edge-to-edge displays for years, going as far back as 2014’s Galaxy Note Edge.
It’s unclear exactly what that means, but Samsung’s implementation will reportedly have sharing capabilities, presumably to other users irrespective of the fact whether the other person owns a Galaxy S9 or not, as per the reports. It’s also possible that Samsung could be planning to make these 3D Emoji usable in other parts of the operating system, as Apple is reportedly planning for its own devices
Samsung is also looking into launching a feature similar to Apple’s Face ID supposedly called Face Unlock or “Intelligent Scan”. This is to compliment the latest chipset from Samsung. Samsung phones have long had facial recognition, but Face ID’s reliance on 3D sensing is thought to make it more reliable.
Samsung is preparing to announce the Galaxy S9 at a 25th February press event. Much is riding on the phone as the company’s next flagship. It will go on sale in mid-March, so be sure to keep a note for that. Several updates to the story is to come. Be sure to comment your thoughts on 3D Emoji coming to the Galaxy S9.