You need to know these top 10 new features of Galaxy S24 before you decide whether to upgrade your phone to Galaxy S24, S24+, or S24 Ultra.
This Galaxy S24 new features guide explains the top 10 new features of Galaxy S24, including updated hardware, One UI 6.1, seven generations of OS upgrades (with seven years of security updates), on-device AI, ProVisual Engine, Live Translate, Chat Assist, Circle to Search, Edit suggestion, and Generative Edit.
These top 10 new features of Galaxy S24 are available on all three models: Galaxy S24, S24+, S24 Ultra. You may check the comparison of Galaxy S24 vs. Galaxy S24+ vs. Galaxy S24 Ultra (coming soon) if you want to know the unique features of Galaxy S24 Ultra and Galaxy S24+.
Table of contents
- Updated hardware
- Seven generations of OS upgrades and seven years of security updates: the most welcomed new feature of Galaxy S24
- On-device AI: the most future-proof new feature of Galaxy S24
- One UI 6.1
- ProVisual Engine: the most practical new feature of Galaxy S24
- Live Translate: the most talked about new feature of Galaxy S24
- Chat Assist
- Circle to Search
- Edit Suggestion
- Generative Edit
- What are your thoughts or comments on the top 10 new features of Galaxy S24?
The Galaxy S24, being the flagship phone of 2024, boasts the latest and greatest flagship hardware that has just been released. This means that you can expect top-of-the-line performance and cutting-edge features from this device.
In addition to the impressive hardware, Samsung has also made some noticeable design changes to the Galaxy S24, S24+, and especially the Galaxy S24 Ultra, as explained in the layout of Galaxy S24, S24+, and S24 Ultra.
As explained in the Galaxy S24 hardware improvements, you can find the following updated hardware:
- Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 and Exynos 2400: the major Galaxy S24 hardware improvement
- Brightest display
- Larger vapor chamber
- Flat screen for all models
- Bigger screen for Galzy S24 and S24+
- QHD resolution for Galaxy S24+ screen
- Titanium frame for Galaxy S24 Ultra
- Corning Gorilla Glass Armor for the Galaxy S24 Ultra's screen
- New 50MP 5x telephoto camera on Galaxy S24 Ultra
Most of these updates and upgrades are incremental, not revolutionary. However, the new hardware features on Gaalxy S24 make on-device AI possible. This opens the door for introducing astonishing AI features.
Seven generations of OS upgrades and seven years of security updates: the most welcomed new feature of Galaxy S24
Samsung has announced that its latest flagship phone, the Galaxy S24, will receive an impressive seven generations of operating system (OS) upgrades (i.e., Galaxy S24 will get the update from Android 15 all the way to Android 21) and an extended seven years of security updates (till at least 2031). With this move, Samsung, on par with Google, is setting a new standard in the Android smartphone industry on updates. This ensures that users can use their Galaxy S24 devices for a more extended period without worrying about the device's security or performance issues.
It's worth noting that Samsung has made significant strides in offering extended Android OS upgrades and security updates for its smartphones. To put this into perspective, the Galaxy S21, S22, and S23 series are expected to receive four generations of OS upgrades and four years of security updates. This is a significant improvement compared to other major Android phone manufacturers like Motorola, who only offer two to three OS upgrades for their flagship phones.
With this move, Samsung matches Google in terms of providing extended OS upgrades and security updates. This is great news for Samsung users, who can now enjoy an extended period of software support, which ultimately translates to a better user experience and increased device longevity.
That's why we listed this as one of the top 10 new features of Galaxy S24.
On-device AI: the most future-proof new feature of Galaxy S24
In order to execute AI models, particularly generative AI models like ChatGPT, robust hardware is required. As a result, most AI tasks are dependent on cloud servers.
This leads to some privacy concerns. An always-on internet connection is also needed to use these AI features.
The Pixel 8 Pro, which is distinct from the Pixel 8, has introduced on-device AI capabilities to the smartphone market. The device includes smaller generative AI models (Gemini Nano) and other AI models that operate within the device itself. This ensures that users can take advantage of AI features without having to worry about privacy concerns or the need for a data connection. The Samsung Galaxy S24, in all three of its models, has now followed suit and also offers on-device AI capabilities.
Moreover, the on-device AI on Galaxy S24 is also powered by Google's Gemini Nano. For example, you can use Live Translate in the Phone app, Interpreter, Chat Assistant in the Messages app, Transcript Assistant in the Voice recording app, and Note Assistant in the Samsung Notes app without an internet connection. You are sure your private data will not be sent somewhere in the cloud.
In addition to the generative AI, Samsung also hooked some of its own AI models into image capturing and called it ProVisual Engine. Such models are usually smaller and work on the device directly.
One UI 6.1
Samsung just released the Android 14 update (One UI 6) for Galaxy S23, S22, S21, and other devices in Q4 2023. In addition to Android 14 , One UI 6 has already added many new features, e.g., the following top 20 new features in One UI 6:
- Drag and drop with 2 hands
- New button layout in the Quick Panel
- Instant access to the quick settings panel
- Sort notifications by time
- Clock repositioning on the Lock screen
- Keep pop-up view windows open
- Customizable Camera widgets
- Auto Scan
- Turn off swipe up/down to switch cameras
- Quick access to resolution settings
- Save clipped images as stickers
- Edit decorations in photos after saving
- Studio: a new and powerful video editor
- Resize and extract text from pinned content
- Quick actions for apps from search results
- Integrated Trash with Gallery and Voice Recorder in My Files
- Passkeys support
- Smarter Airplane mode
- Easier access to battery settings
- Auto Blocker
Galaxy S24 will also run on Android 14 but with One UI 6.1. So, besides the new features introduced in One UI 6, you will enjoy some additional new features of Galaxy S24 packed in One UI 6.1, e.g., battery protection.
One UI 6.1 incorporates a number of visual changes, primarily in relation to the lock screen and the Always On Display. The lock screen wallpaper and widgets now appear on the Always On Display as well. Samsung also phased out the old Samsung-style navigate gestures.
In addition to the major new features of Galaxy S24 mentioned below, a complete list of new features in One UI 6.1 will be discussed in this post (coming soon).
ProVisual Engine: the most practical new feature of Galaxy S24
As there is less and less room for camera hardware innovation for smartphones, Samsung resorted to AI-assisted computational photography and developed the ProVisual Engine, which is one of the most practical new features of Galaxy S24 for almost all users.
ProVisual Engine is simply a collection of AI-powered tools designed to improve image capture and optimize creative control. This tool suite covers the initial setup of a shot to the final sharing of the image on social media platforms. It improves night photography, noise control, zoom quality, color reproduction, and HDR.
When you take a photo or record a video, the ProVisual Engine works silently in the background to get you the best photos or videos. Of course, the oversaturated signature does not change much in Galaxy S24. In other words, the color reproduction in most cases is still in the oversaturated region, compared to iPhone or Pixel phones. But the noise reduction, especially in low night conditions or zoomed-in photos, is significant compared to the Galaxy S23 series.
Live Translate: the most talked about new feature of Galaxy S24
Live Translate is one of the prominent new features of Galaxy S24 that helps you overcome language barriers during calls. The real-time translation is powered by on-device AI (Gemini Nano) inside the Phone app.
When activated, Live Translate transcribes and translates the spoken content in real-time, displaying it on the screen in text format. Additionally, a voiceover function is available which can convert the spoken content into the language of one's preference.
With the introduction of Chat Assist in the Messages app, Galaxy S24 users can now benefit from an AI-powered tool that fine-tunes conversational tones for optimal communication to make communication more efficient, effective, and engaging.
Chat Assist employs on-device generative AI (Gemini Nano) to ensure that messages are conveyed exactly as intended, with the right tone, style, and structure. For instance, it can help users perfect the tone in a courteous message to a coworker or craft a short and catchy phrase for a social media caption.
By leveraging natural language processing and machine learning, Chat Assist can analyze the context, sentiment, and intent of each message, and offer suggestions for improvements that align with the user's preferences.
Circle to Search
The Circle to Search, which was developed by Google, is one of the most interesting new features of Galaxy S24. It is essentially the next generation of Google Lens powered by Google in the backend. This feature is designed to allow users to easily search for any item of interest within an app (including videos) by simply holding down on the home button and circling (or scribbling) the desired item.
Circle to Search works by utilizing advanced image recognition technology that can accurately identify objects, text, or even elements from a video. It is incredibly versatile and can be used in a wide range of scenarios. For instance, if you're browsing through a magazine and come across a product that you're interested in, you can circle the image and quickly search for more information about it. Similarly, if you're watching a video and spot a particular item that you'd like to learn more about, you can simply circle it and instantly search for related content.
One of the key benefits of the Circle to Search feature is its accuracy. The system is designed to accurately recognize a wide range of objects, from products to landmarks to text. It is powered by the best search engine: Google.
Of course, this feature requires an Internet connection for two reasons: 1). the AI is powered by Gemini Pro, which is beyond the capacity of a smartphone; and 2). the search needs to fetch results from Google servers.
The Galaxy S24 is equipped with an updated AI feature called Edit Suggestion, which includes a range of Galaxy AI editing tools. These tools allow users to perform a wide range of photo editing tasks in a simple and intuitive manner, including the ability to erase, re-compose, and remaster their captured photos.
Edit Suggestion uses the power of Galaxy AI to suggest perfectly suitable tweaks for each photo, making it easier and more efficient for users to optimize their photos without requiring any photography knowledge. Each suggested tweak is customized to the specific photo and its unique characteristics, ensuring that users achieve the best possible results.
As mentioned, the Edit suggestion is not a totally new feature of Galaxy S24. On Galaxy S23, S22, and S21 with One UI 6, you can already use one-tap editing to access some of these features. One Galaxy S24, Samsung improved the algorithms and added more features in Edit Suggestion.
Generative Edit is one of the most innovative new features of Galaxy S24. It uses generative AI, powered by Google's Gemini Pro and Imagen 2, to provide users with even greater creative control and flexibility when editing their images.
Generative Edit taps on advanced generative algorithms in Imagen 2 to modify the picture as you want. For example, it can fill in missing parts of an image background, making it possible to achieve a more polished and professional look. If an object in the image needs to be shifted or moved to achieve the perfect position, the AI can adjust the subject's position and generate a perfectly blended background where the object was originally placed.
One of the key benefits of the Generative Edit is that it gives users the ability to achieve more complex and sophisticated editing results than would be possible using traditional image editing tools alone. This is because the advanced generative algorithms used by this feature are capable of analyzing and interpreting the content of an image in much greater detail than other tools, giving users more precise control over the final output.
It is also worth noting that any time the Galaxy S24 uses generative AI to enhance an image, a watermark will appear on the image and in its metadata to indicate that it has been processed using this feature. This ensures that users are always aware of when and how their images have been edited and that they can trust the authenticity and integrity of their final output.
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You can check other Galaxy S24 guides on this website:
- The Galaxy S24 New Features Guides section is an informative resource designed to aid users in understanding the new features and capabilities of the Galaxy S24, S24+, and S24 Ultra smartphones. These guides provide a detailed explanation of the cutting-edge features and highlight their practical applications. Additionally, the guides offer step-by-step instructions that enable users to make the most of these new features. Whether you are a casual user or a power user, the Galaxy S24 New Features Guide is an invaluable resource that will help you stay ahead of the curve in the fast-paced world of mobile technology.
- The Galaxy S24 How-to Guides offer an extensive range of guides that provide detailed guidance on how to use and personalize the Galaxy S24, S24+, and S24 Ultra devices. These comprehensive guides cover all aspects of using the Galaxy S24, S24+, and S24 Ultra, including hardware and software features, Android and One UI functionalities, and migration and sharing procedures. By referring to the Galaxy S24 How-to Guides, users can obtain a thorough understanding of the operation and customization of their Galaxy S24 devices.
- The Galaxy S24 Camera Guides section contains a comprehensive collection of how-to guides on how to effectively utilize the Galaxy S24 camera to take stunning photos and record flawless videos. Additionally, it covers the use of the photo editor on the Galaxy S24. For individuals looking to improve their photography and videography skills, this is an invaluable resource.
- The Galaxy S24 Accessories Guides section provides comprehensive guides on the use of various accessories that are designed to enhance functionality and safeguard the Galaxy S24, S24+, and S24 Ultra devices. These guides cover diverse topics, including the utilization of protective accessories and the expansion of the features and capabilities of the aforementioned devices. Additionally, this section delves into in-depth reviews of specific Galaxy S24 accessories.
- The Galaxy S24 User Manual section consists of the official Samsung Galaxy S24 user manual in PDF format. These user manuals were released by Samsung in various regions and have been compiled and organized according to the corresponding languages. It is presented in a comprehensive and structured manner, making it easier for users to access the information they need.
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