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When Apple unveiled Animojis alongside the iPhone X, it was only a matter of time until other smartphone makers pushed out their own versions. Some look like straight-up clones of Appleā€™s tech, like the kind you get on the mid-range Honor View 10. However, Samsung appears to be going for something a little different for the upcoming Galaxy S9.

Instead of turning your face into an anthropomorphized critter or pile of poo, it looks like Samsung will be offering a more cartoony take that looks an awful lot like a high-res Nintendo Mii. People are calling the feature 3D emojis for now, due to a lack of an official name prior to the S9's February 25th debut.

Details about Samsungā€™s so-called 3D emoji are scarce right now, as the only concrete example weā€™ve seen of this tech comes in a 15-second Samsung ad. But if rumors are true, the Galaxy S9 will use its new intelligent scan feature, which is comprised of a combination of cameras and facial sensors, to create emoji that will automatically change based on your movements.


Additionally, 9to5 Google reports that Samsungā€™s 3D emoji could potentially turn your entire body into an avatar of sorts, instead of just capturing your face. From there, youā€™d reportedly be able to customize your character by swapping out various hairstyles or clothes, before sharing full-body emoji with friends and family.

Itā€™s not clear if Samsungā€™s 3D emoji will be limited to specific software, like how Animojis only appear in Appleā€™s Messages, or if Samsung is working with third parties to support a wider range of texting and social media apps. Either way, if the rise of animated avatars continues, seeing real faces on social media will soon become a thing of the past. Itā€™s time to embrace our inevitable cartoony future, fellow humans.

[9to5 Google]