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Canvy Power banks smartphone apps

My phone is out – or how great apps all bow to the humble power bank

…or perhaps not so humble, since this post was inspired by a top 12 best battery packs from Popular Mechanics.

Technology has gone a long way in just a decade. Narrowing the retrospective to just 4-5 years does not see a reduced impact – it seems that the progress is ever so intense, regardless of the short time span we analyze.

However, some things remain the same. What’s more puzzling is that we are talking about key hardware products.

Batteries still have a limited capacity, in all types of gadgets. The devices still have delicate racks and require accessories for protection. Each brand, each line of product needs dedicated power cords and batteries… Modularity and interchangeability still have a long way to go.

 

Are economy-related considerations stalling progress?

 

More than once, when documenting an emerging technology, we met with the phrase “standardization and centralization needed for it to gain traction”. Yes, since the technology world is amazingly fragmented and segmented, all devices and software-related technologies that work on big user networks meet a blocking factor sooner or later.

Why “amazingly fragmented”? Because the tech giants slowly, but definitely centralize and unify progress and future technologies at a global level. Seeing how this move is rather prone to raising monopoly –related worries, rather than fragmentation issues – what we see is an apparent paradox.

It only makes sense that big companies could back smaller ones, avoiding obvious competition infringements. But the fragmentation/segmentation stalling progress seems to contradict this. Who would back a smaller company whose products are not easy to integrate and which has to waste a lot of time – waiting for standardization, or taking it agreement by agreement to be compatible, and compliant?

Sure, when keeping products and technologies separate, reuse/translation decreases, and the waste levels are worryingly high – but so are profit margins. One user will have as many chargers and batteries as devices, although he/she only uses one device at once. But he will have bought the same thing – in essence – two-five times more. Cha-Ching!

Perhaps economic considerations should be left to the professionals in this field. All that is available to the unprofessional eye is that technology still has a long way to go until progress flows, and employs the huge potential of a global network of users.

 

Back to batteries

 

The best smartphone, filled with the latest, coolest apps, personalized with a smart case, paired with a smart watch – and it is still tributary to a battery. Once the under 10% indicator blinks its red light – it’s time to look for an electrical plug. Remember all those iPhone users’ jokes? “How do you know an iPhone user? He’s always in search of an electrical plug”.

Where is the large-scale success of motion charged devices?  Oh, judging by a review of watch types, once you want a motion charged watch the price skyrockets. But modern devices don’t seem to aim for affordable, reduced prices in the last couple of years (again, I’m thinking iPhones). How is it that higher prices don’t bring more resistance and innovative power sources? R&D teams don’t have this on their plates? We can assume they don’t.

Coming back to earth, you can check the Popular Mechanics top here – and explore how much you have to add to the cost of your beloved portable device, in order to avoid the blackout perils.

 

 

Canvy MWC 2018

February unleashes MWC 2018, and the mobile brands are set to amaze us once more

…or at least that’s what the public expects from the 900+ exhibitors (as listed here).

The dedicated online media already started covering this focal topic, and the latest developments are yet to come. You can browse the latest TechCrunch feature on what to look forward to at this year’s edition of the Mobile World Congress or search for the specific string of news as covered by your favorite online publication. You probably won’t be disappointed.

 

What caught our eye about this year’s MWC

On a short browsing session today we’ve noticed how LG’s Vision AI managed to make the trending news. Well, tbh, some of the members of our team do have a soft spot for the latest generation LG products. Nevertheless, the fact that a suite of AI technologies aiming to conquer the hearts of mobile fans is really raising an interest illustrates that the market has a certain amount of expectations in this direction. Regardless of the brand, the company that will genuinely be capable of answering these expectations gets the benefit of breaking the ice. Of course, the functionalities should be extremely practical or even truly amazing, otherwise we are back to the late 70s almanac effect.

What we mean to say with this is that progress is a fickle thing. Prototypes and projective stories on progress are one thing, while the viable commercial products and the feel of the materialized concepts can easily disappoint. The market hunger for truly impressive technologies does not make for the said technologies.

Now, the features prepared by LG, as introduced here do not seem as exciting as one would have thought. While AI’s possibilities are infinite, using them to recommend the best photo shooting mode or to voice-control the smartphone seems way under the expectations.

 

Other brands also hint at a couple of potentially interesting unveiling-s

Launching a new wireless charger, coming up with a new, improved DeX and presenting the Galaxy S9 and S9+ flagships should be alluring enough for Samsung’s fans. You may explore more details on this topic here.

IDEMIA made a few waves with its Augmented Identity solutions. The target audience here is industry level, and the main concerned areas would be the Financial, Telecom, Identity, Public Security and IoT.

Huawei keeps its followers busy with developments on the 5G line of action, and places its AI bets in the cloud, more precisely its All-Cloud intelligent networks infrastructure.

Of course, the novelties will have in mind various areas and different financial possibilities – for example Archos will showcase 3 budget phones. The thing is not without importance, since the idea of ubiquitous Internet is still on the table, and this means all individuals should afford Internet access, be it on a budget device or on a high-end one.

Between promises and delivery

Since it’s already been a couple of years since the tech companies circulate bold concepts in the context of the IoT, and in general, of the new tech conjecture, we may well notice the way things look a bit toned down. This is partly due to the fact that these bold concepts have had time to fail, or simply not deliver. Once this happened with flexible phones, transparent screens or smart glasses, the enthusiasm that surrounded the possible materialization of these bright ideas is bound to lose some of its oomph.

This does not automatically mean the tech bubble is deflating. It just stands to show the environment is perhaps maturing, and the viable ideas separate themselves from the less possible ones. We’ll just have to see what real surprises tech brands do have in store for their customers.