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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.

 

 

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Canvy Team – trending now, a few thoughts

Hello there! Each time we feel like knowing what are the moment’s trends, we go here, because, hey, Google is the king of all Earthly digital searches, isn’t it?

 

Today’s trending topics

As it so happens, the most successful topic at the moment we checked was actually a very good piece of news, because it showed that wow! – people still read. And there are a lot of them. All crowding the website that Cambridge University posted Stephen Hawking’s doctoral thesis, entitled “Properties of Expanding Universes.” The scientist wrote his thesis back when he “was a 24-year-old graduate student in 1965”, but I guess we’ll have to wait a bit more for us to read it.

Moving on, we find one video game topic, as usual. Each time when we checked the trends, there was at least one of this kind high up in the list. This time, as you may already know, the rumors are that Nintendo’s Animal Crossing is coming on mobile, with fans being partly enthusiastic , partly worried, as you may see on Games Radar.

The third place also belongs to games, whose “riveting launch trailer” enthralls its fans. Also, you may find out more in one of the source article, this time on Windows Central.

 

Trending tech news

Just below the podium, tech meets gaming with revelations concerning the Xbox One. Halo 3, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Fallout 3 and Assassin’s Creed will all be enhanced Xbox One X, which will be available starting November 7.

The following topic of interest belongs to the cloud games: Microsoft partners with the supercomputer manufacturer, Cray, in order to serve the Azure data centers. This move “gives customers the cloud-based supercomputing capabilities they need to increase their competitive advantage”, as the Cray CEO, Peter Ungaro puts it.

How about Super Mario Odyssey – the open-world, 3D Mario game? It’s also trending, and I bet there are plenty of enthusiasts out there just waiting for its release. Nintendo unveiled a trailer, whose images are fascinating, and which, of course, got analyzed in detail, as you may see yourself here, for example.

 

A particularly interesting trendy topic

 Of course, all game changers (or game enhancements) in what the Android phones are concerned are of a special interest for us, here at Canvy. Therefore, seeing how Huawei and Samsung were reported to go head-to-head in the foldable phone of the close future, we got a pretty juicy subject for our morning office talks. The foldable phone has been talked about for some years now, and with the increasing size in flagships, it may (at least in theory) combine the large screen appeal with a comfortable way of pocketing your beloved gadgets. However, seeing how the source article includes the cooling down reply “the technology isn’t quite there yet”, coming from Huawei, and contemplating what head-to-head means, I guess the tech companies are just roasting their customers a bit more on this line of development, while being yet far from accomplishing it.

 

Closure with Adobe, or not…

Since the 8th trending topic is somehow of a down-wise matter, it serves well for closure. Adobe is fighting for survival and throws a few AI applications in this, as you may see here. But Fstoppers compares prices and raises the question of whether it is time to ditch Adobe (or not). As mentioned, an invisible down-pointing arrow marks this trending topic – just consider this post’s conclusion to get the vibe: “more than the price, the performance and instability problems of Adobe may be a reason to look elsewhere”

Without feeling at all burdened by this Adobe dilemma, we move on through our week of marketing, developing, graphic designing, testing and being a successful team, eager to see how the trending topics will unfold through the next seven days – wishing you all a great week, too!

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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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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.