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Samsung brings AI photo editing technology to S22, Flip4 and Fold4 series devices

Four Samsung smartphones, each in a different color, displayed on stands in a modern kitchen, ranging from light pink to dark green models.
Samsung S22 series smartphones. | Photo: Ted Kritsonis for PetaPixel

With the launch of the S24, Samsung said it plans to bring AI-powered features to previous versions. It has already done this with the S23 family, and today it has gone even further, as all Galaxy AI features are available to users of the Galaxy S22 series, Galaxy Z Flip4 and Galaxy Z Fold4, as well as users of the Tab S8 series in the US

Part of the One UI 6.1 software update, Galaxy AI includes a number of features that debuted on the S24 series smartphones (and arguably make up the bulk of their value proposition). It includes live translation, generative editing, chat assistant, transcription assistant and search circle.

Live Translate enables real-time translation of voice and text during phone calls, which Samsung says makes it easier to book travel and have multilingual conversations. Generative Edit is a photo editing tool that includes a range of AI-powered tasks, from resizing to filling the background when you remove an object. Chat Assist offers contextual suggestions and translations to improve conversational tone in a variety of contexts, while Transcription Assistant uses artificial intelligence and speech-to-text technology to transcribe, summarize and translate voice recordings. Finally, Circle to Search is a Google technology that allows users to find out what they see on their phone by simply circling it, without having to switch applications.

As was the case with Galaxy AI on S24 phones – and later S23 devices, as well as Z Flip5 and Z Fold5 – some Galaxy AI features will require a Samsung account login and an active internet connection, as some AI is cloud-based processing.

PetaPixel We tested Generative Edit in detail during our smartphone review earlier this year.

“The S24 Ultra does a good job of removing distracting objects and intelligently enhancing the appearance of photos. It’s even designed to learn from your editorial decisions and try to anticipate what changes might be in order to make more meaningful suggestions,” wrote Chris Niccolls in his review.

But while AI shows promise, it hasn’t always delivered results: “In practice, it has proven to be quite unreliable,” adds Niccolls.

Part of the expectation for AI is that it will become smarter over time by having access to a broader user base and therefore more data. From PetaPixelThe review of the smartphone was too early, it is possible that this feature has improved or will improve later this year. This is especially the case as more users gain access to the features through updates like the current one, which in turn will provide Samsung with more data to improve its AI.

Samsung is making these features available for free to a wide range of devices today, but the company has signaled that this may not be the case forever: it only stated that Galaxy AI features will be free until “late 2025.”