Thursday , April 19 2018

Samsung’s Disney AR Emoji starts rolling out this weekend to the Galaxy S9 and S9+ (update: download them now!)

Samsung Australia is bringing Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse to the Galaxy S9 and S9+ this weekend.

For the first time, you’ll be able to appear as Mickey and Minnie Mouse in an AR setting and he’ll mimic your movements – you’ll be able to take snaps and videos of yourself as either of Disney’s most famous mice.

Over the course of the year, Samsung plans to release more new AR Emoji characters based on Disney franchises including The Incredibles, Zootopia, and Frozen.

To say that we’ve had quite a bit of fun with the Galaxy S9’s AR Emoji feature is a bit of an understatement. While the feature feels a bit “me too”, it’s very well implemented and tracks your head and facial movements with surprising accuracy. The addition of Disney characters is a bit of a coup given the House of Mouse’s close relationship with Apple, and we’re sure they’ll be a lot of fun to play with!

Update: It appears you don’t have to wait for a software update and can in fact add Mickey and Minnie by pressing the + icon in the AR Emoji camera mode, then going to Galaxy Apps.

Thanks, Sachin!

Have you added Mickey and Minnie to your Galaxy S9? Which other characters would you like to see? Tell us in the comments!

Jason Murray   Deputy Editor

Before discovering the Nexus One, Jason thought he didn't need a smartphone. Now he can't bear to be without his Android phone. Jason hails from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane depending on his mood and how detailed a history you'd like. A web developer by day with an interest in consumer gadgets and electronics, he also enjoys reading comics and has a worryingly large collection of Transformers figures. He'd like to think he's a gamer, but his Wii has been in a box since he moved to Sydney, and his PlayStation Vita collection is quite lacking. Most mornings you'll find him tilting at various windmills on Twitter - follow @JM77 and say hi!

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