Opinion

Samsung’s AR Emoji feature isn’t optimized enough for budget and mid-range phones

Samsung has been quite serious about bringing new camera features from its latest flagships to existing devices. AR Emoji, which debuted on the Galaxy S9, is now supported on the Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy A8 Star, and the Galaxy A7, just to name a few. It also made its way Samsung’s budget lineup with an update to the Galaxy J7 Duo, and we can rest assured we will see AR Emoji on new Galaxy devices across various segments in the coming months.

I just hope Samsung plans to optimize AR Emoji to make it less cumbersome than it is at the moment.

AR Emoji has too much lag and stutter

On the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9, AR Emoji works great. It doesn’t work great in terms of how well the emojis it creates look like your real self, because it’s only a software trick that doesn’t take long enough to make realistic digital avatars of the user. But the process of creating AR Emojis is a quick affair on the S9 and Note 9, with even real-time mapping possible. On devices like the Galaxy A7 or Galaxy J7 Duo, however, there’s an enormous amount of lag when an emoji is being created. The same goes for the Galaxy Note 8 as well.

Even the general interface itself has stutter when it’s playing out animations, like zooming in on the face after you have gone through the initial process of clicking your picture and selected your gender. Perhaps the feature requires considerable processing power despite being just a software trick, which might be why no existing device got the ability to change your facial expressions in AR Emoji in real time. But as it stands, AR Emoji is simply too slow on non-flagship devices.

And I know AR Emoji is a gimmick, that some of you will point out that it’s not worth any serious discussion. But if Samsung is bringing the feature to more and more of its devices, especially existing ones and those in the budget range, the company needs to optimize the underlying code. It’s great to see the latest update for a device bring AR Emoji support with it, but it’s no use if the actual procedure of using it is slow enough to turn people off from ever trying it again.

Do you use AR Emoji on a Galaxy phone that is not a flagship device? Do you agree with my opinion that it is too slow and unoptimized?

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locarno
locarno

“The same goes for the Galaxy Note 8 as well.”

” But as it stands, AR Emoji is simply too slow on non-flagship devices.”

No sense.

zhrs123
zhrs123

Just cut down this useless thing ,Soundcamp is more useful and Samsung decided to stop support it on the end of the 2018.In this area Samsung is far more rough than Apple.

Biransahin
Biransahin

I have to be honest and say I never use them on my Note9. My wife did for a few weeks on her S9 plus and now has forgotten totally about them. It’s just kids stuff, of no interest to most people over 12 years old!

utvic99
utvic99

I’m willing to bet that it’s not the processor that’s the problem, but the marketing politics. AR Emoji is just another “exclusive feature” that’s being used by Samsung to force you to buy a new phone. It should work similarly on the Note 8 too, there is not supposed to be that much of a difference, except some microstutters that aren’t so noticeable. But if there’s a considerable amount of lag, it’s just plain obvious that it was an optimization issue that was created deliberately.
Samsung even got sued pretty badly for this, so it’s not even a question anymore

Biransahin
Biransahin

Nobody is FORCING you to buy a new phone. Lol. Are you not an adult who can decide to buy or not buy? Either way I have these on my Note9 and my wife on the S9 plus. After a short period you will NEVER use them, unless you’re a child.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

This still doesn’t even work right on my S9+
It’s a wasted feature

Biransahin
Biransahin

Sure, it’s for children anyway. I’d prefer to see the resources used on something that doesn’t only appeal to someone just out of kindergarten. Lol.

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