Posts on Aug 2017

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The Canvy Team answers your questions

Hello to all the Canvy users out there! As you may have noticed, we are considering your input on the way our app performs, and we continuously work on new tweaks or even new features that could make our users happier.

 

On this line, this week’s post is dedicated to a few answers to our users’ suggestions. We chose some of the most recent feedback lines you sent:

 

  1. “Should include merging duplicates.” – we are working on this in the future, thank you for confirming such a feature is indeed useful via your suggestion;

 

  1. “I would like better compatibility with my people edge via Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.” – could you please detail this by sending more information to support@gocanvy.com

 

  1. “Use location data to suggest contacts.” – we do not have this feature yet in our plans, but we will consider it.

 

  1. “I can’t delete people from home screen.” – this feature is already at your disposal, and here is the walk-through:
  • You need to go to your settings and make sure that Tap Behavior> Channel List is activated; only then you may use Edit Mode>Long tap on contact>Delete (or) Edit Mode>Simple Tap>Second Screen>Delete Contact;
  • When Settings>Tap Behavior>Default Channel is activated in your settings, deleting contacts only works with Long tap, when in Edit mode

 

  1. Allow me to select multiple contacts to delete at once.” – this feature is already at your disposal, and here is the walk-through:
  • For multiple contact deletion, you need to access the Selection Mode via Double tap on a contact; then you may select multiple contacts to delete all at once via Edit Mode (select from down below screen) > Long Tap> Delete Contacts; a dialogue will show up asking you to confirm the multiple deletion action, then the command is performed.

 

  1. “Really looking for a tool that will alert me to when I haven’t had contact with someone in a defined amount of time. Biggest feature I am after.” – we do have in mind future widgets touching this subject, so follow our channels for related updates.

 

  1. Call logs – we do plan on adding this feature, so follow our updates and future releases.

 

Once again, we thank you all for your feedback. Some of your messages reached our support mail address and got private answers. Please use the communication channel you find most suitable to contact us, from our email addresses support@gocanvy.com or marketing@gocanvy.com to the gocanvy.com Contact Forms and the in-app surveys – and let us know what we can do better!

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What could AR glasses mean for connectivity and communications? – The Canvy Team answer attempt

Recently, a patent application filed by the members of the Oculus R&D division allowed the online media to make a few educated guesses on how this gadget will look like.

You may read more details on this gadget – Facebook’s AR glasses – in this Engadget article. Essentially, the working principle is that of a “waveguide system that projects images and light into the user’s eyes”. The concept is not innovation per se, which means that the materialization should be excellent and in time, in order to stay ahead of its potential competition.

 

Will AR glasses cut their own niche on the market?

…or perhaps they don’t need to, since they might just work out as a handy and/or fancy accessory to smartphones. Here you may check out a 2015 rundown of the alleged such gadgets at the level of 2015. Just a couple of years later, and we still have not witnessed the large-scale success of the products mentioned in this article. Some of them are even a complete novelty for the 2017 reader, which means they have practically fallen off the board.

We have explained in a previous blog post the reason why AR (and not VR) works for the smartphones – therefore the choice of AR over VR comes without saying. The potential market for AR glasses consists of the mass of smartphone owners. Compatible smartphones, of course.

Therefore, all it might take is a working, attractive gadget, good marketing and attractive features – for this new trend to spread virally. There is, however, a fine line between success and flop when it comes to “accessory” gadgets, which might explain the careful way the tech companies proceed. Long planning stages, testing and re-configuring try to avoid the possibility of this type of gadgets being crushed once they “see the light”.

 

What you see might not be what you get

This does not refer to the above-mentioned gadget itself, so you may rest assured the Facebook team is indeed doing their best to produce a great device. The subtitle allegation concerns the target audience, or the market, if you will.

Sociology is the key to marketing success. Of course, nowadays it is itself based on big data parameters, so having access to correctly-processed big data is also a must. Here’s a factual example –let’s say an employed male in his 30 officially owns a smartphone. Although the account shows up in his name, due to the fact that his days are always busy and that he actually predominantly uses his work phone, the data concerning the use of his phone might in fact be generated by an elderly relative or a young one, with access to his phone.

Therefore, when estimating the chances of success on the market of a new device – the predictive capacities, even when automated, are not certitudes per se, even if some companies try to get to that point. There are a lot of smoke screens coming from the way things go in real life.

Sometimes it is hard to find the explanation for why a certain device did not meet its success, or why, on the contrary, the sales practically exploded on the market.

 

Key takeaways from the AR glasses (ongoing) saga

It turns out that when you are keen on an idea, and you also have the financial backup for it, it may be actually wise to go on perfecting it – don’t give up on your dream!

The market gets ripe for certain concepts, although it takes time – so pay attention and strike the iron while it’s hot – timing is important!

Keep your target audience on their toes, without revealing more than necessary, since the competition might be following your moves too.

(Well, some of you might already be extremely familiar with these best practices, but it never hurts to express them once more).

Good luck in your endeavors from the Canvy team. We are wondering how communications will look like with the AR glasses available for our users…

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 teaser takes things one step ahead

While eagerly waiting for Samsung Galaxy Note’s launch during the event held in New York on 23rd August 2017, the teaser video for this most expensive Samsung phone so far has rolled out on the web. The video features a clear “one step ahead” strategy. Under the taglines “Do bigger things” and “DoWhatYouCant”, it packs a lot of promising words in just 37 seconds, inducing the expectation of a truly great device.

Why are we interested? Well, Samsung means Android, and Android means Canvy – enjoy a neat, organized style of connectivity and reimagine the way you connect by using our app!

Find out more about the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, also dubbed “the biggest comeback story in phones”, from this Tech Radar article.

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Six leadership & management clues, from a startup founder

Author: Horia Damian, CEO and Founder Partner of the contact management app Canvy, startup entrepreneur and tech passionate

Leadership and management sometimes are one and the same, while in other instances one of them needs to take control, when getting your team through significant moments. Need to motivate and inspire? The leader takes the scene. Need to solve a situation efficiently? Perhaps it’s time for the manager to enter the spotlight.

It depends upon each of you to decide which to apply when. However, at the core of each entrepreneur there is a mix of courage, innovation, efficient habits and lifetime beliefs – out of which he provides for the team.

 

Empowering behaviors – checklist

Nevertheless, what makes the person behind the above-mentioned roles the right person for the job? Speaking from my own experience, you definitely have to believe in yourself. Of course, the abilities and personal experience are fundamental. Never forget that you have what it takes for leading a team. Never forget the importance of your activity – personally, I strongly believe that management has an important role in empowering team members to deliver results in a particular project.

Here are 4 basic empowering behaviors:

– Share the goals and the strategy with your team members & even involve them in defining or adjusting these key elements

– Maintain an open atmosphere that encourages personal contributions

– Allow individual freedom of decision whenever possible

– Openly and clearly approach the role each member plays in the team and define the area of allotted responsibility

 

Mentorship – the not-so-distant cousin of leadership

The two aspects of receiving valuable advice – being mentored and mentoring – are a welcome presence all along an entrepreneurial career. On purpose or even incidentally, there are always people who leave their mark upon our way to approach things in life and, of course, make our presence felt in a similar way to those who come after us.

For me, understanding that there is always something to learn represented an essential step in itself. Once you have this inner approach, you are the first to gain – by enriching your inner universe constantly; secondly, of course, this benefits to your organization.

Carrying the team over difficult moments – duty or option?

 

When it comes to the way we surpass difficult moments here at Canvy, I would not put the issue in terms of duty or fairness – though this is a way of approaching it too. It is only fair to appreciate the hard work even through difficult times, and give back support and continuity – and optimism.  But I would rather bring into question the right entrepreneurial attitude I think it is absolutely necessary to have towards the team. The rest comes from here.
I think it is important to see yourself as the central support element of all team members and thus to create, facilitate and maintain the frame within which the team is at its highest level. How do you know you are on the right track? When you see signs that you are truly making each individual feel more powerful, when you seem to add 1 + 1 and the result is more than just 2. The more the better for the project, and this should also be mirrored by each team member.

 

Find your own recharge method – and use it!

A technique that I’m trying to always employ when faced with difficult times is to leave it for a day or two. The fresher an event is, the more it risks to influence the rational decision that needs to be taken.

Personally, I try to avoid the effects brought on by a strong emotional load. This way, by distancing myself a bit, the perspective is restored and I may place that event/moment in its rightful place – the decision will be objectified and – I think – better.

 

Honesty and leadership/management – a match made in heaven?

Honesty is essential for me, and is directly related to the mutual trust you ideally work on building – bidirectional –on the one hand, within the team, and on the other hand, with all the stakeholders involved in a project.
There are further points of trust and honesty in managing a startup project – the customer will only use your product, if he or she feels that – at least – you are striving to make the world’s best product in a particular category. Ideally, you can involve the stakeholders in the project and thus find themselves in it. Generating meaningful bonds puts extra value in our work – and provides honesty, to ourselves and towards the others.

 

Entrepreneurship predetermination – the “type games”

Talking about types of people that are most suited to lead than others would be a stretch. I feel it is a rather limited take on what being an entrepreneur really means. Between predetermination and choice, I value the second one the most.

We are all children of our times in certain ways, as well as the result of our ancestors and family. Yet, by looking exclusively at these two factors, we ignore the power of will and of change held by each individual – which would be false. We constantly work on our own development and growth. What we get out our personal experiences can mold into a unique, personal style of leadership & entrepreneurship.

When we are fully there, there is this wonderful feeling of being at ease, which transmits to all those who interact with us and is perceived positively by all those who matter in various situations, from the clients and the team members to the shareholders.