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With its new Galaxy S9 and S9+, Samsung debuted AR Emoji, a feature that mimics Animoji, the animated emoji characters that Apple introduced alongside the iPhone X.

In our latest YouTube video, we compared Samsung's new AR Emoji on the Galaxy S9 to Apple's Animoji on the iPhone X to check out the similarities and differences between the two features.


Apple's Animoji are enabled through the TrueDepth camera system, which is Apple's 3D facial recognition feature that maps out a user's facial features. The TrueDepth camera analyzes more than 50 muscle movements in different areas of the face for Animoji, detecting movement of the eyebrows, cheeks, chin, eyes, jaw, lips, eyes, and mouth to create super realistic representations of facial expressions.

Samsung's AR Emoji, while similar to Animoji, don't have the same kind of underlying technology powering them, so the facial expressions AR Emoji can replicate are far more rudimentary. While Animoji on the iPhone X can mimic subtle expressions, on the Galaxy S9, AR Emoji have trouble with anything that isn't exaggerated, better recognizing movements like a blink or an open mouth than something more subtle like a wink or an angry face.

There are a limited number of Animoji available, though, and that's where Samsung has Apple beat. There are more AR Emoji character options to work with, and in fact, you can even create a custom Bitmoji-style character modeled after your own face.

Characters can be customized with unique facial features, clothing, skin tone, and more, plus your recordings with AR Emoji aren't limited to 10 seconds -- you can record for as long as you want. You can also add stickers, and there are Bitmoji-like pre-made GIFs to send to people.

All in all, AR Emoji seems to have more in common with Snapchat than with Animoji. Those aforementioned stickers are similar to the Snapchat filters that let you add sunglasses, cute animal faces, and more to your own face and can't be compared to anything offered natively by Apple.

It's worth noting that third-party apps like Snapchat on iPhone X can also take advantage of the TrueDepth camera for filters that better fit the face, while on Samsung devices, Snapchat filters and AR Emoji stickers look much less natural.

As is typical, Samsung wins out in customizability, but Apple has the edge when it comes to the underlying technology. What do you think of AR Emoji compared to Animoji? Let us know in the comments.

Article Link: Samsung's AR Emoji on Galaxy S9 vs. Apple's Animoji on iPhone X
 

keysofanxiety

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Like it’s an important factor when choosing between the two anyway...

Software which reflects the capability of the hardware? That absolutely is an important factor.

Sure, Emoji won’t be the deciding fact but clearly Apple are far ahead in the hardware. The tech behind it is stunning. Software can always be released or customised with bigger and better features.
 
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Relentless Power

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Mac Rumors is doing a lot of these comparison stories lately. Seems like sneaky market research rather than Mac Rumors.

Sneaky? Not really. They Report news from competitors alike, in terms of comparisons to other smart phone manufacturers, laptops, smart watches, Bluetooth speakers, etc. it’s not all about Apple, as it’s also about the latest technologies between other platforms and manufacturers. That’s why I like this site, is Not just about Apple.

That said, The comparison between the Galaxy S9 and iPhone X is because they both do share similar technologies and its competition.
 
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lec0rsaire

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Why did they just have to copy this? This is the kind of blatant rip-off that you would think a major competitor would avoid. The assistants were different since they provide some utility. This is as if Samsung had offered a bootleg Photo Booth in their notebooks.
 
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brdeveloper

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Can I insert animojis on any text field from iOS apps? Will the receiver see the exact animoji I've sent, even if he/she is using a different OS? If not it's not only mildly useless, but totally useless.
 
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Raymon18

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Seeing the quality of the face tracking that Apple has developed gives me hope that they will eventually use the effort to improve the existing features, instead of making new features nobody asked for and leaving the existing features unchanged.
 
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rezwits

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Copying comments still? What am I in 10th grade (High School)? IDK Patents, Trademark, and Copyrights are real I know, but this 10th grade crap has to stop. "That's my haircut" "I wear wristbands" "You're copying me"

GEEZUS who cares...(oh yeah 6th-12th graders) oh and IP Lawyers! haha

My old favorite when I used to argue this was, who was the first to breathe?! BIATCH
 
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78Bandit

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We have devices in our pocket with thousands of times the capabilities of the computers that sent men to the moon and back and animated emoji is the crowning achievement? I know every generation says it, but I weep for the future when I'm retired and this bunch of idiots who eat Tide Pods are in charge.
 
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kingtj

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What do *I* think? I think the whole thing smacks of desperation to generate more cellphone sales to "tweens" and teenagers who actually care about this cutesie but useless stuff.

I have NEVER said, "Gee... I wish I could communicate with the person on the other end via an animated emoji figure!"

So, yeah..... get off my lawn!
 
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bopajuice

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Like it’s an important factor when choosing between the two anyway...

Funny you should say that. My son who is in his late 20's cited Animoji's as one of the reasons he was interested in the X. Put up his 8 plus for sale on Craigslist, met a guy in a public area, and the guy ran off with his phone. All that because Animoji's were something he wanted on a phone.
 
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wigby

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We have devices in our pocket with thousands of times the capabilities of the computers that sent men to the moon and back and animated emoji is the crowning achievement? I know every generation says it, but I weep for the future when I'm retired and this bunch of idiots who eat Tide Pods are in charge.
Kids are so smart these days. There will always be goofballs that do stupid things to get attention. It happens among adults too. Don't let it get you down.
 
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vertical smile

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I bet my 11 and 12 year old girls would love AR Emojis or Animojis.

I really don't see good use of it. It reminds me of a "bubble gum" feature that quickly loses its novelty.
 
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