Last year, Apple introduced the Animoji, providing a 3D outlet for the bland emojis and lending all of its Face ID technology to the product therefore making it a tad bit useful.
Samsung AR Emoji
At the recent Unpacked event hosted by Samsung, the latest flagships in the form of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 were launched ahead of the Mobile World Congress 2018 alongside what was supposed to be a rip-off version of Apple’s Animoji.
To everyone’s surprise, Samsung AR emoji (Augmented Reality Emoji) provides a different approach with its use and design. It is different in the way it works. The approach through which Samsung came up with the AR emoji is nothing short of unique.
It is common knowledge that Apple’s Animoji swallows up a lot of hardware in order to reflect your facial movements into a particular emoji. The number of Apple’s Animoji characters is limited in number. With the upcoming Ios 11.3 update, Apple will be increasing the number of characters from 12 to 16.
On the iPhone X, Animoji uses a complex method when tracking facial muscles. The function detects more than 50 point on your face and uses these tracked points to reflect your expressions to whichever emoji you choose.
The fact is Apple uses a huge amount of hardware processing in order to deliver unique results with the way Animoji captures facial expressions perfectly. The only drawback is the number of characters available to choose from, which is just twelve in number.
None of these characters can be customized and you can only share them as videos on third-party platforms once you are through recording them.
Samsung AR Emoji: Samsung Mobile
Samsung offers a simpler approach in the use of its AR emoji. The front camera of your smartphone crates a 2D map of the user’s face and uses this map to complete an entire virtual avatar profile. This means that it is not just your face but the entire body that is in the AR emoji.
The interesting part is that avatars are customizable which allows your emoji to sport suits on weekdays and shorts with sunglasses when on vacation.
More importantly, the AR Emoji is all you! It’s your face in the emoji. Capturing it is simple, and then you get 18 set templates to quickly pick and send to friends, or you can create your own custom AR Emoji action that reflects your style and personality just like with Apple’s Animoji.
Per the sharing format, it should be available as a GIF and in video format. What separates AR emoji from other emoji platforms is the augmented reality function, which hints at the possibility for Samsung to expand the application in the near future. A solid example is the Disney AR emoji that introduced the Mickey and Minnie to AR possibilities.
The only drawback of Samung’s 3D emojis is that they track in 2D format which makes slightly less accurate compared to the iPhone X or Animoji. Nevertheless, the idea and execution of the application is impressive, and future updates are expected to bring in new developments.