Galaxy S7 & Edge Update Adds Object Recognition To Gallery App

Samsung is one of the companies who is trying fairly hard to ensure its devices receive regular updates. Besides the major macro updates that come through, this also includes much smaller, more frequent and security-driven updates, with the latest of which being confirmed only a few days ago for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge. While this update was basically the August security patch update, it has quickly become clear that the security patches were not the entirety of the update or even the most interesting aspects.

When the update was first noted, it was also picked up on that in addition to the various security fixes, the update also brought with it access to Samsung's newly announced cloud service, Samsung Cloud. A service which was expected to only initially be available to the Galaxy Note 7. However, with the access now being granted to the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, the availability of Samsung Cloud on smartphone smartphones is growing and the timing of the update effectively meant that Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge owners were able to try out the new feature before owners of the Galaxy Note 7. Now it seems to be the case that as well as the August security fixes and the access to Samsung Cloud, the update also includes an improved gallery experience.

According to the details, the Samsung Gallery now seems to be adopting a feature which is readily available in Google Photos, image object recognition software. Although, not to the same degree as what is on offer with Google Photos, following the update Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge owners will be able to make use of improved image search capabilities, like the ability for the software to distinguish between faces, animals, food and so on. Like Samsung Cloud, this also seems to be a feature which has been taken from the new Galaxy Note 7 and is being migrated over to the Galaxy S7 series, which does highlight that Samsung is not wasting any time in ensuring that their other flagship range for 2016 comes boasting features which would otherwise be reserved for the Galaxy Note 7. If you do own the Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge and have received that recent update, then you should see both the Samsung Cloud feature and the new improved Samsung Gallery face and object recognition software available. To make use of the recognition software, simply open the gallery app and apply a search filter by using a target keyword, like 'dog', 'food', 'me' and so on.

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