Samsung, maker of iPhone knockoffs, denies knocking off Apple’s Animoji

“Samsung Electronics Co.’s newest flagship phone is betting on animated emojis. But of humans, not animals,” Timothy W. Martin reports for The Wall Street Journal. “Samsung’s Galaxy S9 device, launched Sunday at a Barcelona mobile trade show, looks almost identical to last year’s handset… [but] users can create 3-D emojis of themselves by taking a photo of their face, then as their fake cartoonish self, strike real-life poses captured by augmented-reality software.”

“The Galaxy S9’s camera tricks and emoji push are likely to remind some consumers of Apple Inc.’s iPhone X handset last year. The iPhone X let users make animated emojis of rabbits, unicorns and monkeys that mimicked a person’s facial expression and head movement,” Martin reports. “Samsung mobile chief D.J. Koh, in an interview, said he had personally explored early 3-D animations since 2001 on flip phones, while leading the firm’s mobile research and development team in the U.K. He bristled at any notion Samsung was playing catch-up with Apple, as the human emojis took years of development, he added. ‘Their approach and my approach is totally different,’ said Mr. Koh, cautious to mention Apple, a rival and components customer, by name. ‘I do work seriously based off my own road map.'”

MacDailyNews Take: Translation: Apple does it first and then we copy it poorly. My own road map is based on Apple’s.

“‘Innovation is not everything,’ said Mr. Koh, 56 years old, who next month is expected to be promoted to chief executive of Samsung’s mobile and network division,” Martin reports. “The Galaxy S9, as in prior years, comes in two different sizes. Both versions feature the same-sized displays as last year, at 5.8 inches and 6.2 inches, with similar batteries.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Yet another iPhone wannabe yawner from the South Korean dishwasher maker.

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  1. Samsung said their AR Emojis are nothing like Apple’s Animojis. AR Emojis are far more refined than Apple’s crude attempts. Apple’s Animojis were said to be nothing more than a child’s attempt, but AR Emojis were made by true designers and programmers. Samsung isn’t going to take something being said about some vaguely similar feature. However, I honestly got the feeling when Apple showed off their Animojis it was immediately one of the most despised features ever put on a smartphone. I don’t ever remember any reviewer praising it as being a useful feature. All I read was how Animojis were childish, foolish, stupid, useless, pointless and intimating that rapidly failing Apple was desperately trying anything in their lame attempts at innovation. Animojis were labeled as an instant failure and how Tim Cook deserved to be fired for allowing such an embarrassing thing.

    Samsung never copies or follows Apple or any other company for that matter. All Samsung does is take an “idea” and “refine” it. You also notice the Galaxy S9 absolutely doesn’t have a notch on the display and also continues to provide that much needed headphone jack that everyone else is doing away with. Sometimes, no innovation is the best way.

    1. Dude, what planet are you on? Apple’s Animoji animation is far superior, broadcast quality cartoons. Samsung’s are some weird Franken-monster with weirdly selected animation points and joyless body figures.

      1. I think you’re missing the point of his post. It’s obviously sarcastic, the middle & last paragraph have deliberate word choices. He’s just missing the /S tag.

  2. Looking into reviews, it does appear that the only real similarities between Apple’s Animoji and Samsung’s AR Emoji is that they are both animated by tracking a user’s facial motion. The similarities pretty much end there. Apple’s implementation is refined but limited to the 12 characters provided. Samsung’s generates as many as there are users and they appear to be customizable. More of an Avatar creation process that you can play with and use in more than a messaging App. Another interesting feature is that it also creates a set of associated animated gifs you can use in their messaging app.

    1. They appear to be more similar to the avatars from the Nintendo Wii, and behave similarly. Very odd animation points that dont seem to track the users movements very well, and I suspect it’s due to lack of face mapping & depth sensor. First thing I thought was Wii.

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