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

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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
  2. RCS31 macrumors 6502


    Jun 28, 2013
    Looking for a place of freedom and rationality
    You won't be hearing about this when fandroids are complaining about Apple copying Android.
  3. soupcan macrumors 6502a


    Nov 21, 2014
    Like it’s an important factor when choosing between the two anyway...
  4. gretafour macrumors regular

    Aug 26, 2006
    Rochester, NY
    Mac Rumors is doing a lot of these comparison stories lately. Seems like sneaky market research rather than Mac Rumors.
  5. DTECHQUE macrumors member

    Oct 3, 2017
    Next year (or even later this year): "Samsung S10 Notch vs. Apple's iPhone _'s Notch"
    --- Post Merged, Mar 13, 2018 ---
    Samsung's "AR Emoji" looks like a poor man's Animoji.. Oh, wait.
  6. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    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.
  7. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    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.
  8. berrymetal macrumors regular


    Jul 25, 2017
    Samsung's emoji look like a bunch of characters from a cheap 3D animated movie that I wouldn't watch
  9. sza macrumors 6502

    Dec 21, 2010
    I am wondering if Apple stops upgrading iOS and iPhone, what Samsung would come up with or copy from !?
  10. lec0rsaire macrumors 65816

    Feb 23, 2017
    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.
  11. RealKrS, Mar 13, 2018
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2018

    RealKrS macrumors regular

    Sep 27, 2007
    Last time I used Animoji was on the morning of 11/03/2017...
  12. sblemmy macrumors regular


    Oct 24, 2013
    Maybe because I’m over the age of 10, I couldn’t care less about either feature.
  13. brdeveloper macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
    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.
  14. Raymon18 macrumors newbie

    Dec 31, 2012
    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.
  15. rezwits macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2007
    Las Vegas
    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
  16. jon3543 macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2010
    What I think is who cares? It's like they've run out of things to do with the smartphone.
  17. 78Bandit macrumors 6502


    Jun 13, 2009
    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.
  18. Jsameds macrumors 68040

    Apr 22, 2008
    Happy 11th Birthday!
  19. DNichter macrumors 604


    Apr 27, 2015
    Philadelphia, PA
    Samsung version is junk, but that is to be expected. Not a critical feature to a phone either way, but shows their hardware is behind, clearly.
  20. kingtj macrumors 68020

    Oct 23, 2003
    Brunswick, MD
    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!
  21. bopajuice Suspended


    Mar 22, 2016
    Dark side of the moon
    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.
  22. wigby macrumors 68000

    Jun 7, 2007
    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.
  23. vertical smile macrumors 68030

    vertical smile

    Sep 23, 2014
    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.
  24. Naraxus macrumors 6502a


    Oct 13, 2016
    This is what we've come to. Years ago it was specs, cameras etc.

    Now it's emojis/animojis....
  25. bopajuice Suspended


    Mar 22, 2016
    Dark side of the moon
    Ha. Tell us how you really feel...

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