Galaxy AI: Galaxy S24’s Advanced AI Features May Not Remain Free For Long
Samsung has recently made headlines with the launch of its Galaxy S24 series, boasting impressive AI features such as real-time translation and the ability to remove objects from photos. However, there’s a catch that the company didn’t highlight – these advanced features might not be free forever.
As noted by Android Central, the small print on Samsung’s website reveals that the AI features will be complimentary until the end of 2025 for compatible Galaxy devices.
Beyond that, Samsung might start charging for these services, stating, “Galaxy AI features will be provided for free until the end of 2025 on supported Samsung Galaxy devices. Different terms may apply for AI features provided by 3rd parties.”
Samsung has been non-committal about the potential charges. However, Drew Blackard, the company’s VP of mobile, reassured The Verge by saying, “We are committed to making Galaxy AI features available to as many of our users as possible. We will not be considering any changes to that direction before the end of 2025.”
So, why the vague legal language? The answer lies in the cost of providing robust AI features like real-time translation, which require significant computing power. To cover these costs, Samsung might consider introducing subscription models in the future.
This could potentially change our perspective on purchasing phones. At present, most manufacturers do not levy additional monthly charges beyond the initial purchase price, unless customers opt for extra services like extended warranty or cloud storage. However, Samsung’s statement implies that as AI features evolve and become more costly to maintain, additional charges might be added to your bills.
For the time being, customers can enjoy Samsung’s advanced AI features for free with the S24 series. But it’s evident that Samsung is preparing for a future where users might have to pay for more sophisticated features.