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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.

 

 

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Canvy release

Hello!

We are proud to introduce new visuals for Canvy, as well as a couple of enhanced functionalities – check them out!

Meet the new, revamped Canvy, try the new features:

· New, improved user experience thanks to the overhaul of the entire app design
· New, tile-based view of aggregated contact details
· New action bar with search, navigation drawer and arrangement mode functionality
· In-app surveys

Install Canvy, configure it to your liking and relax – now all your contacts are comfortably reachable via our friendly UI, with cool functionalities!

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Canvy – take time to save time, an app for enjoying connectivity

As a collector would, today’s digital asset owner could take time and caress the beloved possessions that are always by his or her side. Dust the edges of these precious impalpable “things”, re-order them on the shelves, take a long contended look and immerse into the fact that so many possibilities are at his/her fingertips.

The beauty of digital devices has always been here, never to be fully understood. Commercials remember to put the spotlight on it – and all the designers, perhaps, let out a sigh of gratitude.

How about the beauty of the applications? Their visuals – you might wonder. Yes, and besides this we also have the mathematical beauty of all the functionalities active beneath what we can see, the almost artistic beauty of configuring the settings, of adding the right sounds and images to “our” app.

 

Personalization

There is a reason we used the commas above. Any out-of-the-box app is not yet ours – it comes with a default set of settings, it looks and behaves just like any of its off-the-shelf instances found in the phones of millions of users. Yet it holds the potential of becoming ours, via finely tuned details – and here is where each person who employs an application becomes a secret artist of sorts.

It’s – in a way – an extremely sad and unrecognized form of modern art. We put our soul and personality, bits of it, into personalizing our apps. Yet there are no contests or prized that would appreciate this particular craftsmanship. If you like, it resembles daydreaming in that it is only known to us.

Some say that we shifted a whole part of our creative potential onto interacting with digital products – and they might be true. However, since fighting it seems impossible (see the concept of digital detox and its transience), at least we could manage to admit it, and power through it.

Do you enjoy setting up and configuring your OS, your software and your apps? Perhaps it is unclear, when asked like that. OK then – how much do you dislike it when some updates reset your configuration? Oh, well… this is probably the main cause of user annoyance whenever software owners perform changes. So, it is only logical that the answer is YES. We do like to personalize our digital tools – and make them “ours”.

 

From the corner of your eye to full-on spotlight

Once admitting we all spent a certain amount of time leaving our mark upon any digital tool we employ, we could go from reluctantly doing so to proudly doing so. No guilt about it, no “I could be doing something better right now”. Just take a reasonable amount of time and explore your tools, appreciate them, see if you haven’t missed any features, set up the way they look to be most enjoyable, and so on.

After all, this is personal time. And, to be honest, you aren’t going to use it to paint, sing or compose anything remarkable – or at least most of us won’t. Sad as it may sound, creativity did not skyrocket in the digital era, nevertheless, instead of poking it permanently, we may as well accept the phenomena and enjoy our everyday, not-so-creative actions. Such as personalizing our apps, visually and functionally.

Do we become the actions that take the most of our time – in a continuous manner? Not necessarily, but yes, it’s the simplest way things happen. In an effortless way, if we spend most of our day on the phone, at work, making small talk with others, or feeding ourselves with a mixed stream of information we become average people, in tune with the general trends, mildly aware of what’s going on in the world, mildly informed upon a variety of topics.

Why not use our digital tools as a convenient shield, fighting in a peaceful manner to regain our individuality? Personalizing them thoroughly- here’s the first step.

 

Apps to shield us from the shock of big data

Like infinite swarms of bees, data are roaming around in the digital space. And it’s not yet at its fullest – as its squared or cubed dimensions are yet to come. What can the mere human do in order to make sense of what he or she needs from this big data, whilst keeping at bay the things that act as disturbances?

Pick up the right types of software, apps included (or, if you’d like) primarily apps, to set them as guardians of his privacy, of his personal time, and in the end, allowing ourselves to exaggerate a bit – of his sanity.

Apps to tame other apps, apps to tame data – set them up and let them take care of various functionalities or social areas. Regain your life, breathe!

 

Canvy, the contact management app for you

Perhaps you already are at that point where you understand the importance of safeguarding your private moments. Be it for loading your batteries or just for allowing the relaxed vibe to make you feel better and see things in a new perspective, being able to create and protect your own time in a hectic environment is sometimes critical.

Canvy is a contact management app that – once configured – lets you organize your contacts, connect on various channels and also set a visually pleasing UI in accordance with your preferences. We did not take things in a hurry – beneath its smooth interface Canvy sums up a lot of work hours, complex app development, testing and meditating upon the best solutions.

We are also up for improving, (although we do love our product as it is), that is why we are happy to hear from those who use our app – inquiries, suggestions, feedback of any kind is welcome at marketing@gocanvy.com. Since the main functionality – of a friendly, centralized tool that takes the dissipated “connectivity” load from your phone and organizes it in accordance with a set of settings you configure – depends on the number of contacts you have, each instance of Canvy is unique.

Let us know what you think of it! And remember, take your time to properly set up Canvy and explore it, to save precious time from that moment on, by allowing it to become a loyal friend which helps you stay in touch with your contacts in exactly the amount you want to.

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Analysis of a trending piece of news in gaming – the Canvy Team

Besides keeping an eye on the latest in technology, and especially in apps, we all know that signaling, “digesting”, and perhaps adding a bit of a different angle on the most recent stories serves in riding their ranking wave. This technique is established in the online environment.

When the spotlight news happens to be on a topic that we already know, fully understand or at least partially grasp – all for the better. But when the leading lady of the tech news is more of a niche subject for us – the Canvy team members that love to share weekly trending articles with our audience – we may be in a bit of a tight spot.

 

Exercising a different kind of topic

However, we decided to take the bull by its horns and attack the top trending tech story in the US region – two famous Japan-based fighting video games just got “DLC characters from old beat-’em-ups”, according to vg247.

Now, you may wonder what the link between this and the target audience for Canvy is. It might be that we have Canvy users that are passionate about fighting video games. Or not. Anyway, these games have a huge mass of fans, and most definitely their fans also own smartphones and have contact lists, therefore a potential need for our contact management app. But enough with the backstage justifications – let’s dive into the main story we picked for today.

 

What happened and why should the gamers feel thrilled?

As we mentioned above, two renowned games just got new DLC characters. FYI “DLC is extra content for a video game you download from the internet, either distributed by the game’s official publisher or a third party content producer.

Let’s also disclose the games – it’s all about Street Fighter – created by Capcom, and Tekken (Iron Fist, in Japanese) – created by Badai Namco Studios. Fighter fans will add to their arsenal in Street Fighter 5 the character Abigail – from Final Fight. Meanwhile, starting with Tekken 7 Geese Howard is the next add-on character.

The announcement was made on 16th July 2017 during the Evo (Evolution Championship Series) 2017, held in Las Vegas.

 

The humans behind the two games – and their alleged friendship

That’s the news – in a nutshell. Also, adding to that, it seems like for the first time (?) the two competitor developer companies teamed up, in a move that serves for the good of the fighter game genre – as the source we quoted in the beginning of our piece mentions.

A human-to-human friendship might be behind this move – respectively Yoshinori Ono (Street Fighter) and Katsuhiro Harada (Tekken) are rumored to get along, especially that in 2012 they collaborated on the crossover release Street Fighter X Tekken ( – now look back at our question mark from 5 rows above, and fully understand its purpose…).

 

The bigger image in all this

Software developers create games, programs or applications, which in turn expand their own life and meaning when imbued with the perspective, actions and energy of all the users around the globe. It’s a case of double creation – the backbone fueled by developers gets full life only once the audience fills it with actions, purpose, feedback, and continuous use.

True, the video games are sort of a supreme example. The audience is unrestricted by age, race, interests, special abilities or whatever other characteristics might there be. On the opposite side, people who employ business apps should have something to do with the business environment, those who employ creative apps should be potentially creative and so on. But the pattern is the same – the work of a team of developers holds the potential to expand it influence and power with the contribution of the product’s users.

Developers provide a framework, whilst aiming to improve upon a certain starting product via user feedback, market monitoring and so on.

And, some day, there is the passing of that magical threshold when you realize your product has really turned into an inanimate friend for all those who employ it – a friend in need, a skill expander, a loyal assistant or whatever other role a software product might take.

Do you agree?

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Going for the win – five steps into the inner world of an entrepreneur

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

Why startups?

The startup environment characterizes the current tech business landscape, in a way that fits all company sizes. Small projects found a vessel to carry them towards materialization, midsize businesses adopted this entrepreneurship model in order to expand their reach, and large companies found in startups a thriving environment that they just could not miss. There is an angle for anyone when it comes to startups, but, as with any new tools (or any new game, if you like) one just has to understand and take in the basic rules.

Of course, we always go for the win. Startups are dynamic, fresh and wrapped up in extreme attractiveness, but they are an extremely complex game – they combine, innovation and initiative with strategy and perseverance. My experience as a startup entrepreneur went from the initial plans through (sometimes rough) reality checks and hard readjustments. We are not there yet, not in the full sense, but we get our energy from both from our set goals, as well from the activities itself.

  1. Going from idea to action

What got us started in the first place? There were two things that mattered to us: the confidence that we could run this project (developing a productivity app and making it better than previously existing similar apps) as a whole, and also that our idea had what it takes to succeed, aka the novelty, the value and the right timing – the market was ready for it. Always find the objective way of measuring your plans against the market when launching your startup!

  1. Be your first, but not your foremost customer

The proof is in the pudding – once materialized, we employed our own software product, and we scrutinized it as a third-party would! For example, I use the app we developed daily, not just because it is our product, (out of business reasons), but also because I find it useful for myself. I think that the element of personal involvement is very important, just as much as staying open to the opinions of others is. So I would say: build your product firstly for yourself, make it as close to perfection in terms of what you appreciate, but equally adapt it to integrate the needs and ideas of others into the end result. This way, you aim to deliver a better product than you even dreamed of. You go for plus-perfection.

  1. Prepare for pressure

Do not be afraid of it – pressure comes from all directions. The intensity and the way it impacts your activity are different, depending on the team you are working with. The more you can “delegate” this pressure, the easier it is to take an entrepreneurial initiative, because carrying too much pressure on one person’s shoulders can prove counter-creative.
However, any entrepreneur must be able to take in the pressure generated by the need to achieve the established business goals set for a clear and relatively short time.

  1. Appreciate all your allies

They used to say “is all about the product”.  I deeply believe it’s like that. But I also think “it’s all about the team”. If you can count on a team with the right skills, energy and vision, then the product will be the one you aimed for. Whereas for the product – presentation duo, I would not say there is a first and second place, as I rather see a shared first place. Just think of it. You have a good product, but you need to bring it in front of the clients. Yes, there were times when the dictum “If you build it, they will come” worked. Not anymore. Merely creating a good product does not guarantee customer presence. The battle for the relevant audience’s attention and loyalty is essential nowadays. Take this reality in – and prepare to deliver both an excellent product, as well as a great presentation.

 

  1. Grow with your startup, grow with your team

I understand – now even more than before – that the road to success passes through the valley of humility. As an entrepreneur, your willingness to give up some of your opinions and to adopt the ones that are best for the product is also important. Of course, this ability to accept that the truth is not always your truth is rarely innate. In most of the cases, you acquire it via experience, and it is an educated skill. This process also involves a great openness towards others: colleagues, users, advisors and investors.

Only when giving humility its toll, you stand a chance for success. By avoiding any changes, and by refusing to adapt, the chances are slim. However, when your ambitions and vision morph into a shared vision and a mature understanding of what you can deliver, the success is at the horizon.

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Global Internet access – latest developments and summary from the Canvy Team

If you are passionate about all tech things, as we are here at Canvy, then you must be aware of Facebook’s attempts to provide global internet access.

 

What does global internet access mean?

Somewhere in January 2017 the planet became aware of its current overall digitization status. More precisely, a global overview powered by We are Social & Hootsuite revealed how more than 50 percent of the world’s population employs Internet connectivity on a regular basis. Or, as the more common expression goes, they are digitally connected.

How does this translate for you? Do you associate a wow moment to this piece of information, or are you slightly perplexed the numbers are not higher?

It probably depends on many factors, such as your location, the social positioning that defines you, your upbringing, your profession and so on. We would venture to say that – if you are reading our blog, you would rather be amazed the number is not higher.

Global internet access would mean a much higher internet connectivity rate – aiming over the 80 percent threshold. But is that possible?

 

Facebook and its quest for Internet connectivity everywhere

Since the big data proves the markets that provide Internet connectivity are way more packed in terms of users (obviously!), the leading tech companies whose global reach depends on ubiquitous connectivity have decided to take things in their hands.

There is a race for global Internet access going on – and it has brought a few things into question.

One of these highlights consists of the special shape taken by this “free Internet” that is in the works. There’s no such thing as a freebie, especially when the backstage involves expensive technology – therefore someone has to sponsor it, or make it profitable in a way. In order to do this, this free internet would be tributary to sponsors, meaning that only certain websites, tools or clusters of information would be available.

And here we go – hello, Internet neutrality dispute! There is an ongoing fight over the way  the Internet would in fact not be the same when made available globally in such a way. Some possible target areas for this type of connectivity have even thought of turning down the possible offer.

 

Social considerations juxtaposed over the need for Internet everywhere

Without global connectivity, there would be no global Internet. No global network, no universal standards, no IoT as the specialists have imagined it. A fragmented network could do, but it will come short of the ideal omni-network some have visualized and also, based their short to medium plans upon.

Due to the fact that social disparities not only plague societies vertically, but also horizontally, it may prove difficult to justify free Internet for some areas in view of their overall low budget, while in other areas the average financial plateau is acceptable, yet this average numbers mark extremes that make the reality different from the figures-based story.

In simpler terms, rural USA areas are as poorly connected as less developed states from the other side of the world are. Yet these rural areas are compensated by the nearby urban conglomerates’ connectivity, hence no free internet eligibility here, whereas less developed states might benefit from a sponsored form of Internet access.

Another issue, that we’ve mentioned above, is the “altered” state of this sponsored free internet connectivity. Check the toll-free data debate.

 

Recent developments – the Facebook drone

That being said – in a nutshell, the leading edge tech companies pursue their global internet connectivity projects – at least its experimental side.

Recently, Facebook’s solar-powered Internet connectivity provider drone, Aquila, successfully completed its test flight in Arizona.

The company intends on developing their drone in such a way that it could be able to fly for months in a row. In fact, the plan is to have a fleet of solar-powered airplanes provide digital connectivity to remote parts of the world.

While a lot of feasibility details have to do with ethics, rules & regulations, the tests proved auspicious. It surely looks like one day we might be able to travel even to the most isolated places, yet benefit from Internet connectivity. Whether it would be the same Internet we know from back home or not, that is – as we’ve seen, a whole different discussion.

 

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When apps redefine communications – Canvy Team latest news recap

Although the modern communications market is still fragmented, the main communication channels and apps “own” certain features. Meaning that, even if successful features tend to spread via imitation or innovative answers within different apps, the audience tends to keep associating them with the brands that introduced or perfected them.

Some may wonder what else is new in digital communications. Well, the main established players in this market have found out once again that it’s the details that matter. Intuitive UI, friendly logos, tiny features that hold the potential of great impact may all be essential at the end of the day, as seasoning is for a great dish.

 

A successful app now allows sending any type of file

Loyal users everywhere are thrilled – and for a good reason. WhatsApp experiments these days with a feature that allows users to send other files than photos. The accepted files may be as large as 128 MB for iOS, 100 MB for Android and 64 MB for a Web client.

This new feature illustrates the way modern communications widen their range – why go out of the app, in order to send specific files via a different channel?

Well, the question above is not just rhetorical. We already have some critical voices that warn of the potential risks in this new WhatsApp capability. Some files may be malicious, or may carry items that in fact are not legally share-able. In other words, it seems that the difficulty of file-sharing in our day and age is not random. There are important cyber-security considerations involved, as well as legal considerations.

But why spoil the WhatsApp experiment by contemplating the difficulties involved? Most likely, if this feature proves successful, the company will mitigate the risks.

 

Tracking people on the map – a superpower of yet another communication app

No need to hold your breath or start guessing – we are talking about Snapchat. The instant fun, amazingly simple app now allows friends to see each other’s location. This new tool is bound to change the rules of the game a bit – since it basically introduces a tracking feature. See here more on this topic.

As we may see by looking at the bigger picture, both of these recent pieces of news illustrate how the communications apps compete for the fragmented market we mentioned above. Yet the more attractive these new features are, the riskier they might be – in turn.

What is your opinion on this attractiveness vs. privacy topic? Did you have any incidents involving modern communications risks? Are you concerned about the implications of sharing sensitive files via certain communications channels or not?

Let’s remember…

…how there is an intended line between work/office communications and private messaging. Yet the obsolete look and features of some work-destined communication channels results in employees doubling the way they communicate among themselves by employing the mainstream, private-targeted apps. Therefore, the idea that your staff is using more secure channels in order to communicate work-related details might just prove a utopia. These tools are all efficiency-dependent. When they fail to meet the users’ expectancy in terms of speed, responsiveness and friendliness, they end up being rapidly replaced by the next app in line.

Finally, although it may sound like an old Hallmark card, modern communications, in fact, are all about sharing and receiving. Without letting some of your digital persona be seen, these virtual communities would be an extremely boring place. The communications landscape is made out of the few from the many, combined with the more from its “stars” – people who enjoy the spotlight and have found the answer to their dreams in the way modern people communicate – text, photos, file-sharing and all.

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Canvy Team question: Did the Google Assistant announcement just stole the thunder at the Google’s big developers’ conference?

The 10th edition of the Google I/O took place this year as usual in San Francisco, CA. The 2017 edition enthralled the participants present in the Shoreline Amphitheatre with quite a few subjects. Subsequently the online media covered these topics and even launched full-on debates on the most intriguing announcements.

Although the news ranged from the Google Home device to the availability of the beta version of the Android “O”, the Google Assistant changes are the ones that went mainstream viral.

But what’s in this piece of news that managed to make it talk of the town?

Google Assistant – the new best friend for marketing professionals, as well as online retailers

You may take a guess now, using our subtitle as a clue…

Yes, you are right. Google will monetize its Assistant “with ads and e-commerce functionalities” – as the publication Android Headlines puts it. The precise statement belongs to Sridhar Ramaswamy, Senior Vice President of Advertising at Google.

The current debate regards placing this move in the bigger context, where Amazon’s Alexa is already way ahead of Google’s Assistant future version – or so say the specialist, basing their affirmation on the way Alexa manages to integrate into the Amazon shopping-centered ecosystem.

Why should we care?

It’s been a year since Google announced its AI Assistant at the previous I/O. The unveiling integrated the Google Home suite of launches.

An attempt to break down the important tech concepts involved here would look like this:

  • AI (the technology behind Google Assistant, part of the huge machine learning, AI, smart tech trend)
  • The integration of AI into the audience’s everyday habits (IoT-related, bringing technology on the go in as many aspects of our lives as possible)
  • Digital marketing ( another extremely important phenomenon that went from serving businesses to making it clear that companies should integrate it I order to survive)
  • Online shopping (a mass phenomenon that might see the limits of its expansion on geographical markets at some point – perhaps sooner rather than later – and which is looking for innovative ways of reinventing competition and of re-gaining the attention of potential shoppers).

We should care because the changes induced by each of these elements which now belong to our everyday lives have proven to be so far of a much higher impact than officially estimated. Reverberating through businesses, financial markets and all the little yet important things that shape the world around us, all these factors combined are the mixture of our high-end, high-tech future. Therefore, each change announced by the tech giants has the “butterfly effect” and it is indeed an interesting subject to follow.

Why did the Canvy Team find this Google I/O news interesting?

Well, first of all, we are developers. Naturally, our morning news counts tech subjects.

Secondly, we are interested in the way communications and technology shape human society and relationships in general.

Once shopping would be not just a few taps away, but at a couple of voice commands away, with AI Assistants perhaps even suggesting you what you might need or wish to buy – in a functional, almost perfect, competitive manner – it would be intriguing to see all the resulting changes for retailers, app developers, and communication operators, just to name a few.

Well, perhaps we’ve exaggerated – a bit, just for the sake of sharing our enthusiasm in the matter – but you get the picture.

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How about the smartphones? The Canvy Team mashes up a couple of interesting news

Who said technology cannot be fun? Well, it wasn’t us, that’s for sure. While aiming for our Android contact manager app, Canvy, to be complex and reliable, we also took care to wrap it in a fun, colorful UI, with many customizable features.

Sometimes the device producers remember that addictive, fun tech features are critical – but they make debatable choices. It takes courage to add certain unusual features. It also takes some time for the verdict to come in from the audience.

HTC and the Edge Sense feature

The U 11 HTC flagship, coming to USA (via Spring) starting June 2017, introduces (or at least hopes to introduce) a new interactive feature called Edge Sense.

The online media (see The Verge, for example) quickly picked up on the feature, calling it the “squeeze”. What is it about? The users can flex the edges of the smartphone, in order to give certain commands. Pressure sensors in the metal sides transmit the input, while an on-screen cue appears once the feature is activated.

Does it sound like fun? The source we mentioned qualifies it as “a little unsettling at first”, and taking “some time getting used to”. Once the smartphone will reach the users, the actual experience will tell whether this novelty is a fiasco or a success.

Samsung and the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus sales

According to ZDNet, the Korean company stated on Tuesday that 5 million items have been sold.

In only a month, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus proved to be well-received, and became available in 120 countries. The marketing machinery contributed to this success both previous to the launch, as well as during this last month. Carriers enabled hands-on trials for influencers and a lot of virtual ink flew on the exciting new features of these smartphones.

Android – iOS, the (still) ongoing competition

Both the smartphones above come with Android Operating Systems, as you may have – correctly – assumed.

While Android benefits from a growing popularity and from the wider access it has on many devices, the Apple’s proprietary iOS comes locked on the company’s devices. It should be a no-game, yet the cumulative smartphone market share shows a different picture. The Apple iPhone 7 is still the leading smartphone – globally.

As Boy Genius puts it, “the iPhone is still the world’s most popular smartphone”.

However, with the expected boom in the smartphone market in areas where Internet connectivity used to be low/medium, there is also a latent expectancy of more Android smartphones. While Facebook plans to provide free internet in Africa, the Chinese Alibaba contemplates the idea of doing the same in India.

There are a lot of discussions over the effects and hidden implications of such projects – but this is not our main focus here. What do you think is the answer to this question: “The smartphone adoption induced by free internet becoming reality will benefit which type of OS the most?”

We shall leave this question pending. Well, being an Android app, Canvy sure roots for this OS – but that’s between us and you.