Samsung Brings Galaxy AI to Older Devices, Free Until ‘End of 2025’

Samsung Galaxy S24 series

Samsung Galaxy AI was introduced alongside the latest Galaxy S24 series smartphones in January, bringing numerous AI-powered features like Circle to Search and Generative Edit to Galaxy devices. Living up to its earlier promise, Samsung says this suite of AI tools will come to more Galaxy devices this week.

Starting tomorrow, March 28, One UI 6.1 will begin rolling out to Galaxy S23 series owners and smartphone users with the Z Fold5 and Z Flip5, bringing Galaxy AI to older devices. Samsung also says that One UI 6.1 will roll out to Galaxy Tab S9 Ultra, Tab S9+, and Tab S9 WiFi models this week.

Beyond Circle to Search with Google, which has also been added to Google Pixel devices since being announced at the Samsung Galaxy S24 reveal event, and Generative Edit, users can also use Galaxy AI to perform tasks such as Live Translate and Chat Assist.

Concerning Generative Edit, one of the more polarizing ways Galaxy owners can use AI, it enables users to leverage AI to edit and improve their photos, including resizing or filling in the background of a shot after removing an object.

In PetaPixel‘s Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra review, Chris Niccolls notes that while AI editing doesn’t always impress yet, he is confident that it will get very good in the future. However, even in its current form, it delivers convincing results in ideal situations.

So far, Samsung says “millions” of people have tried out the new Galaxy AI features, and with today’s update, many more people will have access to Galaxy AI.

Samsung Galaxy AI coming to older devices

For now, the One UI 6.1 update and accompanying Galaxy AI features will be free for all users. However, like with Galaxy S24 devices, Samsung is poised to charge users for Galaxy AI features after the “end of 2025.” A footnote on the news release about One UI 6.1 coming to additional devices explains that “Galaxy AI features by Samsung will be provided for free until the end of 2025 on supported Samsung Galaxy devices,” which aligns with how Samsung handles Galaxy AI on S24 series smartphones.

Further, like with Galaxy AI on S24 phones, some Galaxy AI features on older devices will require a Samsung account login and active internet connection, as some AI is driven by cloud-based processing.

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