December 1, 2023

A number of the most up-to-date Galaxy S24 rumors declare the next-gen Samsung flagship will function on-device generative AI options just like ChatGPT. Samsung confirmed that it plans to ship an “AI telephone” subsequent yr with out naming the Galaxy S24 or detailing the generative AI expertise it has deliberate for the machine.

Having a built-in generative AI assistant on the Galaxy S24 might be an enormous benefit over the iPhone. “Apple GPT” will take some time to reach on iPhone, although Apple is rumored to be planning AI options in subsequent yr’s iOS 18 replace. Like Google, whose Pixel 8 telephones function generative AI novelties, the Galaxy S24 may ship native generative AI options to clients earlier than Apple can do the identical on the iPhone.

That’s all hypothesis, nevertheless, as we don’t have any specifics concerning the kind of ChatGPT rival Samsung will provide. And if a brand new rumor pans out, Samsung would possibly smash its potential generative AI benefit by charging Galaxy S24 customers a subscription.

Twitter/X person Revegnus talked about Samsung’s purported plans for generative AI on the Galaxy S24. “Samsung is actively pursuing the choice of providing the on-device AI options of the S24 as a ‘subscription’ service,” the leaker stated.

Revegnus has provided a gradual stream of cell rumors, together with loads of Galaxy S24 leaks. I’ll additionally observe that Galaxy rumors are often correct, particularly about flagship telephones just like the Galaxy S, Z Fold, and Z Flip sequence.

However the quote above is a contradiction. Generative AI tech like ChatGPT is pricey, in fact. It requires a number of analysis and growth, which might’t be low cost. The infrastructure wanted for ChatGPT merchandise to run prices cash as nicely. That’s why the most effective ChatGPT expertise comes for a value. Pay for the Plus subscription, and also you get the most effective ChatGPT mannequin from OpenAI.

That’s, till you convey on-device AI to the plenty. As soon as that occurs, AI processing would happen at the very least partially on the gadget itself moderately than within the cloud. Samsung charging a subscription for “on-device” generative AI doesn’t make a lot sense.

I may see an choice the place a primary ChatGPT-like service can be obtainable to all Galaxy S24 patrons at no cost. Particularly the AI options that work immediately on the telephone. A costlier generative AI expertise nearer to ChatGPT Plus may then require a subscription. It will most likely want direct entry to cloud processing for extra complicated prompts.

Even so, if Samsung is able to beat Apple to market with a built-in generative AI assistant for a cell phone that’s as succesful as ChatGPT, then requiring a subscription quantities to Samsung taking pictures itself within the foot.

OpenAI’s official ChatGPT app is now out on iOS. Picture supply: OpenAI

Keep in mind that Samsung doesn’t management the working system, relying on Google’s Android. Individually, Bixby hasn’t been a large success. I don’t recall anybody speaking about it lately, not even Samsung.

Subsequently, I doubt that Samsung has been in a position to develop its personal generative AI tech secretly. Once more, Google is the counter-example right here. Google is able to react shortly to OpenAI’s ChatGPT improvements. Samsung doesn’t have that liberty.

I don’t see anybody paying for a ChatGPT-like expertise on Samsung telephones that’s unproven. And let’s keep in mind that ChatGPT, Google Bard, and all the opposite chatbots are nonetheless unfinished merchandise that we’re all basically testing and serving to these corporations excellent.

Alternatively, Samsung might need partnered with OpenAI or a special entity for generative AI entry. In such a case, paying for a local ChatGPT-like expertise would make sense. Samsung must pay for entry to ChatGPT, Llama, Claude, or no matter language mannequin it decides to make use of.

However even in such a situation, passing these prices to the buyer is mindless. Not on Android, the place patrons don’t spend as a lot cash on digital functions. Not in a world that’s anticipating Apple to return out with its personal GPT service quickly sufficient.

Come to consider it, a greater various can be getting a ChatGPT Plus subscription and working OpenAI’s premium generative AI on the Galaxy S24, even when it received’t provide a local expertise.

The Galaxy S24 occasion is reportedly scheduled for mid-January, so we received’t have to attend that lengthy to see Samsung’s imaginative and prescient of generative AI on its units.