Google Circle to search and Samsung Galaxy AI features

At the Galaxy AI S24 launch event, Samsung and Google collaborated to showcase tons of AI (Artificial Intelligence) features coming to several Android phones this year. One of the most intriguing features, and the highlight of the Galaxy AI event apart from the S24 Ultra launch, is the new Circle to Search feature by Google. Using this AI feature, you can search anything on your Android phone using a simple gesture without switching apps. You can now Circle, Highlight, Scribble, or Tap whatever you’re curious about on your screen to learn more.

Consider this scenario: intrigued by a creator’s fashion choices in a social post, Circle to Search allows you to delve into similar options and make purchases without leaving your current app. No longer will you need to interrupt your experience by switching between apps. This innovation extends beyond visual searches; you can also pose complex questions about items using generative AI, obtaining nuanced information from across the web.

In order to access it, go to any image or video, just long press the home button to invoke Circle to search And from there, you can select any item like these sunglasses, to quickly uncover similar options and where to buy them without leaving where you are. You could also scribble an object like shoes or a bag to see what that is.

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Here’s another example: imagine planning a trip with a friend who loves vintage clothes and chatting about it in your messaging app. With Circle to Search, you can effortlessly find thrift stores around you to explore options, and make informed decisions — all within the messaging app.

Circle to Search is not confined to messaging apps; it extends its functionality to videos. Imagine watching a captivating video on YouTube shorts and spotting an intriguing item. With a simple long press and a circular gesture, you can explore various options and learn more about anything that captures your interest.

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List of AI features coming to your Android device

Here are Samsung’s Galaxy AI features that twill come to more Android devices:

  • Chat Assist for changing the tone, translating or spell-checking your text message before sending it.
  • Live Translate for translating calls in 13 languages during a conversation
  • Circle to Search, which lets you launch a Google search for any object in a photo or video using gestures like circling, scribbling, and tapping it.
  • Note Assist for summarizing, translating and formatting files in Samsung’s Notes app and generating digital covers for notes.
  • Generative Edit, similar to Google’s Magic Editor lets you manipulate and move objects in photos
  • Transcript Assist in Samsung’s recording app for providing transcriptions and summarizing conversations

List of Android phones receiving Galaxy AI features including Circle to Search

Circle to search will be available across all three models of the Galaxy S24 Series. Google also claims to bring it to the new Pixel lineup as well. One UI 6.1 and Galaxy AI features will come to older Samsung devices as well. The following devices will receive the new AI features:

  • Galaxy S24 Series
  • Galaxy S23
  • Galaxy S23+
  • Galaxy S23 Ultra
  • Galaxy S23 FE
  • Galaxy Z Fold 5
  • Galaxy Z Flip 5
  • Galaxy Tab S9
  • Pixel 8
  • Pixel 8 Pro

The new software features and One UI 6.1 firmware will be available for Samsung devices before June 2024. For the Google Pixel 8 series, all of these features will be available as soon as next month.

Are Galaxy AI features paid?

Samsung’s official website and the listing for S24 notes that the Galaxy AI features will be free until 2025.

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 third parties.

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