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Galaxy S24 AI Phone: Let Samsung lead the AI era, starting 2024



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Samsung’s first Galaxy AI Phone, the Galaxy S24 will be unveiled in San Jose, USA on January 17, 2024. The appearance is not much different from the previous model, but it is attracting attention as an AI phone equipped with a generative AI model.

AI technology has reached an important inflection point that will determine the success or failure of smartphones. Samsung plans to use the Galaxy S24 to open the era of so-called “on-device AI”, which implements AI within the device.

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Samsung will install its self-developed AI Gauss x Galaxy AI in the Galaxy S24 flagships. The newly introduced Galaxy AI is implemented with on-device AI built into the device.

This is a technology that collects and processes information within the device itself. Because it does not go through an external server, processing speed is fast and security is high.

Galaxy AI is expected to be equipped with not only Samsung Gauss but also the latest AI models from global big tech, such as Open AI’s “GPT-4” and Google’s “Gemini.”

In the case of Google, it maintains a cooperation system with Samsung and Android, and additional AI models can be installed through relatively simple methods such as firmware updates.

The main function of Galaxy equipped with AI is real-time interpretation calls. Even without installing a separate external app, Galaxy AI interprets and delivers information in the other party’s language in real-time.

Device control, sentence summary, and grammar correction are also possible from the terminal itself. Generative AI is also used in major services such as photos, messages, and voice recognition.

The company has set a production plan for the Galaxy S24 series at 35.28 million units. This is an aggressive target that is about 13% higher than the previous work.

This reflects confidence in the first AI phone. The plan is to lead the next-generation smartphone competition by setting the unpack location in Silicon Valley, the US, the courtyard of rival Apple.

Like its predecessor, the Galaxy S24 series will be released in three versions: Standard, Plus, and Ultra, with approximately 15 million units, or 45% of total shipments, are Ultra models.

The change in appearance is that the edge display will disappear for the Ultra model and a titanium frame will be applied. The thickness is reduced by 0.3 mm and the weight becomes lighter.

There is no significant difference in appearance between the basic and Plus models from the previous model. In the Ultra model, one of the rear telephoto cameras is changed to 50MP, which is 5x of its predecessor.

Thanks to this, a 5x optical zoom function is possible. The remaining front and rear camera performances are the same. The basic and plus model cameras are the same as the previous model.

The Galaxy S24 Ultra could solely use the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 for Galaxy chip, and the basic and Plus models are expected to be equipped with the Exynos 2400 chip and Snapdragon depending on the market.

James is the lead content creator on Sammy Fans and mostly works on Samsung's firmware section. His first phone was the Galaxy S4 and continues to get new S series devices. Most of the time, James tries to learn about new technologies and gadgets but he also sneaks a bit of free time to nearby rivers and nature.


Google’s Gemini Nano AI deal with Samsung on EU antitrust radar



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EU seemingly investigating if Google’s Gemini AI deal with Samsung violates antitrust law. Regulators of the European Union seeking input from industry to know if Samsung’s Gemini AI deal constitutes anti-competitive conduct.

An EU document seen by Reuters indicates that the Commission wants the opinion of industry officials. The inquiry is about whether Samsung’s Galaxy S24 series with Gemini Nano would limit the pre-installation of rival AI chatbot platforms.

The query also includes whether Gemini Nano limits interoperability with other chatbots and apps on the Galaxy S24 series. Details are also required if there were any cases of failure in signing contracts with phone makers to pre-install AI chatbots.

“EU antitrust regulators are asking industry participants if Google’s multi-year generative artificial intelligence (AI) deal with Samsung hinders rival chatbots on Samsung smartphones.” – Reuters.

Earlier, EU competition authorities hinted at an antitrust investigation into Samsung and Google’s AI deal. The Commission’s Deputy Competition Commissioner asked to “understand the impact of pre-installing Google’s Gemini Nano on Samsung devices.”

The report notes that the executive committee distributed an 8-page questionnaire, with a response required by this week. Samsung and Google may be in trouble if the EU Commission observes any anti-competitive practices.

The Galaxy S24 series is the first to use the Gemini Nano AI model developed by Google. Both companies signed a multi-year partnership to fuel future products with the AI model. The Pixel 8 Pro also came pre-installed with Gemini Nano for on-device AI capabilities.

Samsung also brought Gemini AI to Galaxy Z Flip 6 and Z Fold 6 devices. Google is also preparing to introduce the Pixel 9 series next month, equipped with Gemini Nano. Apple is also in close-door talks with Google to include Gemini in iPhone models.

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Apple iPhone could support Samsung Wallet, Google Wallet in Europe



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Apple iPhone users could soon be able to use Samsung Wallet and Google Wallet in Europe. Recently, the EU antitrust regulator revealed that Apple will open up its tap-and-go mobile payments system for third-party payment platforms in Europe.

KoreaTimes reports that the EU accepted Apple’s offer to open the NFC payments system. The iPhone maker agreed in favor of ending the antitrust probe began in 2020. It will expand Apple iPhone users’ choices beyond Apple Pay, such as Samsung Wallet and Google Wallet in Europe.

Apple’s agreement will be valid for a period of 10 years in EU territories. From now on, the US tech giant can no longer use its control over the iPhone ecosystem to keep other mobile wallets out of the market.

As Samsung Wallet looks to expand on the iPhone, Apple Pay is eating its market in its home ground. Following the launch in South Korea, Apple Pay is gradually gaining popularity. The company is expanding its support across categories to be acceptable everywhere.

European Union forced Apple to ditch its lighting port from products. The company replaced its lighting port with a universal USB C-Type port on iPhone models. iMessage is also adopting the RCS messaging standard that is heavily forced by Google.

Apple is also bringing place to third-party app markets on iPhones in Europe. Now with the latest development, iPhone users will be getting the choice to opt for a payment platform other than Apple Pay. It would be interesting to see whether Google or Samsung manage to make a solid entry.

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Gemini AI now functions on your Android’s lockscreen



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Google has upgraded the Gemini AI app to answer general questions even on your Android phone’s lockscreen. Initially, the company’s new Gemini app was limited to Google Assistant-level commands. Now, if you trigger Gemini on the lock screen, it will respond to some general questions.

The upgraded Gemini AI now allows you to “get answers on lockscreen from Gemini without unlocking your device.” You can now get weather information at a glance with the new Gemini application, but additional actions would require you to unlock the device first.

You can keep your phone locked if your query has been answered properly. If you prefer entering the whole user interface, just unlock the device using fingerprint or PIN. Once unlocked, you will get the keyboard in the popped-up state, offering seamless flow.

The Gemini app added a new “Gemini on lock screen” setting on the main preferences page. Google’s new “Gemini responses on lock screen” toggle completes the already available “Google Assistant on lock screen” option.

Notably, Google is rolling out this update to random users sequentially. You may soon notice the changes as soon as the update reaches your handset. As it’s the first deployment, you may not get responses to some basic queries, but not too long.

Similar to Google Assistant, Gemini was able to control alarms and timers, media (play/pause), and “some phone features,” like volume. As part of the “Utilities” Extension, the US tech giant is further enhancing the user experience through the Gemini app.

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