Dinh Thu, who lives in Hanoi, first realized concerning the AI drawing app FacePlay after her buddies on social media shared their AI-generated photos on-line. Thu stated she felt excited to see individuals in actual pictures being become digitized characters.
The app, which has been fashionable in Vietnam since final 12 months because of its capability to show faces in pictures into anime or digitized artwork, turned fashionable once more not too long ago because of its new AI portray perform, which was marketed to have the ability to draw comic-like characters and backgrounds. On software shops, this system has incessantly made the record of most downloaded apps in Vietnam since earlier this month.
Nevertheless, FacePlay is not free. It requires customers to join accounts, with subscription packages working from US$3.49 per week to $29.99 a 12 months.
“Essentially the most fascinating half is that you could flip your and your pals’ pictures into photos just like these present in comedian books after a couple of seconds,” stated Thu. “If I rent another person to attract that, the service wouldn’t be accessible at such costs, and it could take a very long time to be accomplished.”
Nevertheless, some customers are reporting technical issues with the apps.
Thu determined to go for the week-long trial subscription bundle to see how the app labored. However after a couple of trials, she canceled her subscription and deleted the app. She says she made the best selection by buying the lowest-priced trial subscription bundle.
“The app offered loads of decisions concerning drawing types, however there weren’t many variations within the completed product,” she stated.
And he or she says this system was buggy. “The app incessantly acknowledged the incorrect context,” stated Thu, sharing one instance when she wished it to attract a person carrying his daughter on his neck, however she acquired a portray of a person carrying a shawl with a lady standing behind him.
“However I solely knew that after I would already paid for it.”
An AI-generated photograph that tremendously differs from the unique photograph. Photograph by VnExpress/Luu Quy
“The app requires an Web connection, however there have been normally connectivity points,” she stated. “Many sections had not been correctly translated and have been nonetheless in Chinese language. The photographs are AI-generated, and so one can not intrude with the tip outcomes. And though it was marketed as AI-powered, a second picture technology would produce the identical outcome.”
On the App Retailer and the Play Retailer, a number of customers left unfavourable opinions of FacePlay concerning bugs and the truth that there was no free trial. Some even shared ideas concerning easy methods to cancel their subscriptions to keep away from being charged additional.
One other fashionable app, Lensa AI, was stated to focus an excessive amount of on sure elements of ladies’s our bodies, creating sexualized pictures that differed an excessive amount of from the unique pictures. In some circumstances, the app erased sure racial options by altering face shapes and eye colours.
Lensa AI: Photograph & Video Editor was as soon as within the most-downloaded app part on the App Retailer in Vietnam. The app required customers to add 10-20 pictures of themselves, after which the algorithms course of the photographs to provide digitized portraits in several artwork types. Customers are required to pay subscriptions of as much as US$29.99 a 12 months to make use of the app.
Based on a Sensor Tower report, within the first 5 days of December, Lensa was put in round 4 million occasions worldwide and had earned $8.2 million.
Many different AI-powered apps have been on the rise not too long ago in Vietnam. Within the Graphic Design class on the App Retailer, there are many different apps branded as AI-powered that may flip pictures into digitized items of artwork and they’re generally included within the most-downloaded part of the shop, comparable to Dawm, Namesake, Marvel and AI Artwork. Most of them require funds.
Though these AI apps have a number of promoting factors, comparable to fast picture technology and decrease costs in comparison with commissioned art work, in addition they harbor dangers concerning private information, privateness. These apps require entry to the telephone’s digital camera, photograph gallery and a few require the machine’s ID and site.
Andrey Usoltsev, CEO and co-founder of Prisma Labs, which developed Lensa, stated a performance that enables customers to delete their pictures on the app 24 hours after importing them has been launched.