February 29, 2024

Galaxy AI was the star of the show when Samsung unveiled the new Galaxy S24 line at Unpacked. The South Korea-based giant showcased a slew of impressive AI-powered features, including Live Translate, Interpreter, Instant Slow-Mo, and more.

But you didn’t think all of those were free, did you? I mean, they’re free for now, but eventually, you’ll have to shell out some cash to maintain access to Galaxy AI.

Galaxy AI won’t be free for long

As Neowin pointed out, the fine print on Galaxy S24’s official page says that Galaxy AI will only be complimentary for users until the end of next year.

Galaxy AI demonstration at Unpacked
Credit: Samsung

“Galaxy AI features will be provided for free until the end of 2025 on supported Samsung Galaxy devices. Different terms may apply for AI features provided by third parties,” Samsung said.

In other words, if you purchase a Samsung Galaxy S24 phone now, you’ll get Galaxy AI free for two years. However, by 2026, be prepared to pay up.

The company did not reveal pricing for Galaxy AI. We also don’t know whether Galaxy AI will be offered as a subscription to users. However, it’s worth noting that the AI perks featured on the Google Pixel 8, including Magic Editor, are packaged as a subscription for Google One users.

Galaxy AI demonstration at Unpacked
Credit: Samsung

The two-year complimentary Galaxy AI service is, in my opinion, a brilliant marketing tactic. If Galaxy AI becomes ingrained in Galaxy users’ everyday lives, and it’s suddenly inaccessible in 2026, many will shell out the money to keep the AI-powered service on their phones.