The Wall Street Journal: Samsung unveils Galaxy S9 phone, featuring animated human emojis

BARCELONA — Samsung Electronics Co.’s newest flagship phone is betting on animated emojis. But of humans, not animals.

Samsung’s 005930, +0.34% Galaxy S9 device, launched Sunday at a Barcelona mobile trade show, looks almost identical to last year’s handset: a slim design with an edge-to-edge display and an earphone jack.

But the world’s largest smartphone maker saved the big changes for what’s loaded onto the device. New video software stores tenths of a second of images that automatically can be turned into GIFs ready-made for social media and messaging apps. Users can create 3-D emojis of themselves by taking a photo of their face, then as their fake cartoonish self, strike real-life poses captured by augmented-reality software.

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