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Huawei Mate 10 Pro Launched with Built-in AI to Challenge Apple and Samsung

Huawei Mate 10 Pro Launched with Built-in AI to Challenge Apple and Samsung

Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro: one more step in artificial intelligence inside your mobile

With the increase in size of all devices in general we have almost forgotten the term phablet, but that does not mean that the ranges that are characterized by a diagonal around six inches will disappear. Huawei is very clear that the Huawei Mate 10 Pro still has a lot to give, and has continued with this line introducing the Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro.

Precisely the screen diagonal is one of the four fundamental pillars that the company has this range of smartphones that lives a kind of rebirth from that Mate 7. Pillars such as a large battery, advanced cameras and high performance, which comes from the hand of the Kirin 970 that we met at IFA 2017 and the new Nova that come with the flag of artificial intelligence.

We therefore have two different devices, and choosing between one model or another will mainly mean a difference in their screens. The main one is the resolution, although in this case the variation is smaller since it is not a jump in number of pixels, but in size. The Huawei Mate 10 Pro opts for the ratio 18: 9 on its 6-inch screen with a FullHD + resolution, while the Mate 10 stays at 16: 9, 5.9 inches and FullHD.

The types of panel are different. On the one hand we have Huawei Mate 10 Pro with an IPS LCD, while his older brother opts for an OLED. This, together with the resolution, will make the experience somewhat different, although the two opt for the large-screen maximum compacting the terminal.

There are also differences between both terminals in the use of the front by the screen. In part, that is because in Mate 10 has been chosen to include a fingerprint reader on the front, one that is elongated as we have seen in other devices of the brand such as P10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro.

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Failing to check it when we have it in our hands, Huawei speaks of an 82% screen-to-front ratio in the case of Mate 10, which would be placed between those range stops that have put effort in the design so that the screen be almost the only protagonist of the front. It would be above the iPhone X (79.8%) and below the Samsung Galaxy S8 (83%).

In the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, the fingerprint reader is placed on the back of the terminal, so Huawei can afford to improve the screen ratio and make a mobile phone with many fewer frames. This is located in Huawei Mate 10 Pro under the lenses of the cameras and not on the side in an attempt to not leave our fingers marked on the camera when unlocking the phone.

Huawei Mate 10 Pro: First steps in artificial intelligence

The presence of Huawei in the past MWC had several protagonists in what refers to the mobile division: the renewal of the Nova range with the Nova 2 and 2 Plus and an appetizer of what was to come in terms of the processors of home. Appetizer in which what most sounded for that Kirin 970 was the unit dedicated to artificial intelligence within the SoC and the NPU or Neural Process Unity.

In this way the Huawei Mate 10 Pro are the first smartphones, both at the brand level and in the other manufacturers, to carry a neuronal processing unit. Of course, at the moment it is a bet whose fruits we will see if they end up being the basis of innovation in the future of smartphones, which is precisely what they believe in the brand.

For the moment, beyond the materialization of this in the exclusive Huawei Mate 10 Pro, the user can begin to perceive the action of Artificial Intelligence in photography and in the recognition of images. In this way Huawei also comes out ahead of what other of the most important manufacturers in the market are doing that also bet on the implementation of the AI.

As explained, the NPU is 35 times faster than the CPU when it comes to recognizing images, giving figures of 6 and 120 seconds respectively for the recognition of 200 images. In this way, in the company’s internal tests based on the nception_v3 model, Mate 10 is placed at the top of the podium.

In these tests the phone was capable of recognizing 2005 images per second, above some iPhone 7 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S7 with 487 and 75 photos per minute respectively. And there’s the trick, we’ll have to do our own tests when we analyze it to see how it behaves in front of more modern mobiles.

The objective is that the physical integration in Huawei Mate 10 Pro, AI eliminate the dependence of the cloud for its uses. As software is developed there is a lower battery consumption (for a passive and intelligent administration to learn the user’s usage pattern), they expect the photography to improve with the recognition and a suitable processing on each occasion. In this way, they want the good use experience to be extended over time, what they call “Stay Fast”.

High performance of Huawei Mate 10 Pro

The new Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro come equipped with the Kirin 970 processor introduced last September, and in addition to its Artificial Intelligence chip uses eight cores: four Cortex A73 2.4 GHz and four Cortex A53 to 2, 8 GHz. It will be accompanied by 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage that you can expand using microSD, although in the case of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro version there will be a version of 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage.

Another of the fundamental pillars of the Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro has always been to have a very good autonomy. It is not something that depends entirely on the components, much less, but the volume is determinant for the capacity of the battery, and for the Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro again have managed to save the cubic millimeters needed to integrate batteries of 4,000 mAh as we saw in the previous editions.

As for the battery, Huawei ensures that its Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro has 30% more autonomy than its Mate 9 with the same 4,000 mAh. Get, according to the manufacturer, up to 1 full day of autonomy with continuous use and two days with normal use. Without a doubt, these are impressive figures that will have to be corroborated in our analysis.

The AI here should play another key role in the user experience, learning the behavior, tastes and needs of the user when adjusting the brightness and load pattern (frequency and at what time it is usually done ). And to the AI the fast charge is added, ensuring that in 30 minutes of charging you get to 58% of the battery in the Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro.

So we have as a result a powerful mobile, with a large RAM memory and that takes its first steps in Artificial Intelligence. Very good work on the part of Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro, although as always we will have to wait to assess it conclusively when we can test it for our analysis.

The Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro range has also always presumed to use an advanced camera, which in this case doubles as usual in the most powerful Huawei and Honor from the Huawei P9. On this occasion, the alliance with Leica can be seen in the SUMMILUX-G lenses, which crown the two unknown moment optics of 20 megapixels and f / 1.6 of maximum dual aperture.

Sensors that again seek to take the images with greater definition and better color by combining a monochrome of 20 megapixels and another RGB of 12 MP, the latter being the one that enjoys the company of optical image stabilization (OIS). The AI in Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro intervenes here with AI Motion, a term with which the recognition of images in the scene has been baptized, focusing on one aspect or another depending on what it is about (in the moving photos you will try not to obtain a blurred shot, etc.) .

Huawei Mate 10 Pro: Remembering your role as a mobile for work

Like the Samsung Note, the Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro have always been characterized by large screens and have a certain orientation to be the terminal for work use. Precisely both companies have opted this year to enhance the mobile phone as a desktop, we saw it in Samsung with Dex and now we see it in Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro, but in this case there is no external base, and this is its main characteristic.

The Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro can act as a computer by transferring its content to a monitor with only one HDM-USB cable type C, but in this case, the phone is still active and can be used as a touchpad or keyboard. Of course, if you want you can also add mice and Bluetooth keyboards for a complete experience.

It also applies a control of what is displayed on the screen in relation to messaging and other applications, so that the user can adjust the level of privacy. This way, if you are making a presentation there does not have to be a message on screen that you send or a call you receive.

Therefore, instead of using a DeX like Samsung to convert the phone into a computer, the Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro both are already a computer itself in which it is enough to connect it to the screen. It is, however, another interesting step towards convergence, and it will be interesting to see how Huawei’s bet is opposite that of Samsung.

During the presentation tests we have seen how applications open in large windows and not only in mobile mode. We are looking forward to testing it thoroughly to see how the most used applications behave in this mode.

And they are twins for …

Although both share processor and are not far in size, both Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro have differences in aesthetics and in some of the components, which in the end result in a different user experience.

We have seen that the screens are not the same, and in addition to the resolution there is also a difference in the color of the pixels, since the Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro both are the one that incorporates a FullView RGB-W screen, being this “W” of “white” qualifying that in addition to green, blue and red there are also white pixels. For what? According to the brand in this way, greater brightness is achieved, speaking 30% more.

In addition to the screen, it is the Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro in this case which can give 1.2 Gbps talking about connectivity, although both have LTE Quad Antenna (four antennas, more or less in the corners), 4×4 MIMO + 256 AM and LTE category 18. And something that is quite striking (and important for dual SIM users): Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro are the first smartphones that support 4G in both SIM cards.

A new EMUI in Huawei Mate 10 Pro

For some time, the numbers of the software versions in Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro have played a role at the level of the general user, and the technological ones play with it to transmit the leaps of greater importance to the user. We have seen it with an iPhone 8 that has not been 7s and now we see it in an EMUI 8.0 that has not been the 6 that would touch. Why?

Google has released this year version 8.0 of its operating system, Android 8 Oreo, and the Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro not only premiere new version of the manufacturer’s own layer, but also go to market with this latest version of the system of Mountain View . In this way Huawei is aligned with Google in terms of software and nomenclature, which also affects the incorporation of the artificial intelligence of the NPU at the software level.

In fact, EMUI 8.0 is designed for artificial intelligence (like the Kirin 970), being one of its three pillars along with maximizing user experience with the screen and increasing productivity. And the way to transfer the contribution of the NPU in Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro to the user experience are the new engines such as EMUI AI Engine, and it will be noticed at the moment in four aspects:

Better experience with the camera in Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro: the AI Vision Engine makes it possible to identify images in real time, so that the Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro recognizes the scenarios and adapts the parameters of the photograph to make it look better, even improving the images coming from networks social and messaging (usually compressed and with loss of quality). In addition, the NPU allows the filter application to be processed in the terminal without having to resort to the cloud.

Better performance and experience with EMUI (Performance Engine): there has been a change of the F2FS (file system), the scroll in the galleries Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro has been improved (so that no black squares appear) and other aspects that improve the EMUI experience according to the maker. With respect to Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro, the manufacturer claims that performance has been improved with respect to its predecessor with Android Oreo.

Greater autonomy: learning the usage guidelines the Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro adapts the greater battery consumption. In addition, with the AI Experience Engine Smart Tip engine you can identify the situation and execute something according to which it is, so that you can optimize the consumption and accommodate the use.

Applications (3rd Parties Apps Engine): at the moment we know only about the translation app that Microsoft has designed exclusively for Huawei, but the manufacturer has opened the AI APIs to third parties in two ways.

On the one hand there are some that are on the chipset, so developers can benefit from the NPU. And for those who want to develop in the framework of the AI, the engine EMUI AI Engine routes if a model includes TensorFlow Lite or Caffe2 to take advantage of the NPU. As an example is Microsoft’s real-time translation application, which uses the Kirin APIs and the NPU (which allows no latency by not depending on the cloud), will be released in the Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro.

Other particularities in terms of the EMUI 8.0 interface and user-system interaction are the Floating Navigation Dock, which is a virtual start button that replaces the physical, supporting the gestures that we usually see in Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro such as the swipe, double tap , etc. Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro also includes the Smart split-screen with double screen, which allows you to watch videos and chat at the same time and identify the type of app to avoid interruptions.

We also find multi columns in horizontal orientation, which organizes the columns as if it were a tablet automatically when detecting that the phone is taken horizontally, recognition of accidental touches, full screen mode in 18: 9 also for third-party apps and changes in the color of the text according to the background.

Versions and prices of the Huawei Mate 10 and Huawei Mate 10 Pro

The new Huawei Mate 10 is already pre-sold in some stores, and will be available on November 2 at a price of 699 euros in the 64GB + 4GB version. It will come in the colors Pink Gold, Champagne Gold, Mocha Brown and Black (pink, gold, brown and black), and like last year, there will be a Huawei Mate 10 “Porsche Design” version.

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro will also arrive in November in colors Titanium Gray, Midnight Blue, Mocha Brown and Pink Gold (gray, blue, brown and pink), and will be available for 799 euros in its version of 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of memory in more than two dozen countries, including France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Poland, Thailand and the United Kingdom.

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Meet the New Google Calendar for Web

Meet the New Google Calendar for Web

Finally Google shakes up everything with its Google Calendar app

Millions of users make use of Google Calendar to keep a track of their day-to-day activities on the go. Sometimes innovation takes a back seat for the staple apps in any popular operating system. Same has been true for the Google Calendar which simply has the very same design and core set of features for quite a long time. Finally Google has got in touch with its core apps and they had revamped the Calendar app with a fresh look and boost in the features. Now this app is set to help users in managing their time in a more efficient fashion by allowing them to get more things done.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Google Calendar is simply the most loved utility apps from the Google core app gallery. This time around Google brings the popular modern colour palette and the sleek design seeks on mobile app to the desktop version or web version. Now this app is responsive which means it can change its layout and adjust itself as per the user device screen size. The perk for this app is that it comes loaded with a number of tweaks aimed the enterprise users.

Get more details about meeting rooms in Google Calendar

In the new Google Calendar apps users will get detailed information about conference rooms or waiting prior to the meeting. This information will reveal how big the room is, which audio/video equipment are available, whether it is accessible by wheelchair and most importantly where it is located. Employees can check the details about the room by simply hovering over the room and a hovercard will be displayed on the screen with all the necessary information.

Make your Google Calendar invites stand out

Google Calendar now allows users to add hyperlinks and rich formation to enhance the look and feel of their Calendar Invite. Now users can link Calendar Invite with spreadsheets, presentations or documentations and these links can be opened right in the ‘Event Detail’ view with ease and simplicity. This feature is aimed at allowing users to create highly detailed agendas and at the same time ensure that all the materials related to it are kept at a single place prior to the commencement of meetings.

Google Calendar: Now look through days in a new view 

New Calendar app now enables users to view as well as manage calendars in separate columns like never before. With this feature it has extremely easy for the users to manage multiple calendars placed side by side in the ‘day’ effortlessly. Apart from the ‘Day’ view users also get the taste of the ‘Week’ and ‘Month’ views with boosted compatibility for almost any kind of screen size.

Google has spent a quality time in understanding very niche needs and requirements of the users based on their activities. Simply hovering over the meeting participant will showcase the contact details and other information as well. All these improvement are designed to make Google Calendar better fit for the users to manage different tasks and schedule meetings in a more productive fashion.

 

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Amazon Launches Echo Spot Alexa-Powered Alarm Clock

Amazon Launches Echo Spot, An Alexa-Powered Alarm Clock

Echo Spot is the new smart desktop clock from Amazon

A smart desktop clock capable of making video calls reaches the virtual shelves of Amazon.

Amazon is presenting a good handful of news this afternoon in Seattle at an event that was unknown until today. After renewing the range Echo, now presents a smart clock for the night table – or any other table that is provided – through which to make video calls, check the time and perform various functions of home automation through Alexa, the virtual assistant of the company.

The Echo Spot comes with a 2.5-inch screen and an included camera, plus speakers and the possibility of being paired with Bluetooth to other playback devices if you want to get better audio quality. It will be available, for the moment, in the United States for a price of 130 dollars, although we hope that it will spread soon to more countries.

Amazon Echo Spot

This is perhaps not the most attractive product than it has presented today, since the struggle to take a portion of the market is in the field of intelligent speakers, but certainly is interesting from the point of view of user.

Amazon presents a new Echo to toughen the competition against Google and Apple.

The company of Jeff Bezos celebrates today a surprise event for the press in its offices, in which they hoped to see announced new products, as it has been. Amazon announces a new Echo, its most popular speaker, which will now be improved with the aim of being better competition for the counterparts of the great technology that are already or will soon be in the market, namely: Google Home or HomePod Apple, which will arrive in December.

This new Echo is smaller and includes a dedicated speaker for the bass, making it much better to listen to music, one of the aspects that focuses more on the Apple speaker. It will be commanded, as it could not be otherwise, by the virtual assistant of the company Alexa and will hit the market today with a price of 99 euros, which is a hard thrust for Apple, whose price is more than triple.

Besides this, Amazon offers for the first time a service of multiple speakers, so that they can be connected to each other in different rooms, which will also compete with Sonos. This system, consisting of three loudspeakers, has a reduction of 50 euros on the total price of the three individual devices.

Amazon has now endowed the Echo with a cloth lining that makes it look less like a technological product, allowing it to draw less attention and make it more stylish to the eye.

In addition to the Amazon Echo renovation, they also feature a Plus model that is not only bigger but also smarter. This model includes a smart hub in its interior, so that it can make use of more characteristics typical of home automation. A good example of this is that it comes with a Philips Hue bulb included and already has more than 100 employees. Its price, 150 euros.

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Ask more of your phone: Google Pixel 2

Ask more of your phone: Google Pixel 2

Drum roll please… Google is unveiling its new smartphone on Wednesday with a number of latest features.Google Pixel 2 is an advanced version of Google’s last model that is Google pixel, coming at the same price. Google pixel 2 is not the only phone that the tech giant plans to release. Google pixel 2 XL is also going to be released tomorrow along with talk of other google tech.

The Google Pixel 2 is said to come with the new operating system “Oreo”. We can expect to see some HTC smartphone-like features on this new model as Google bought a large part of HTC’s smartphone division. While the pixel 2 is made with HTC like features, the pixel 2 XL is said to be made by LG. This is in contrast with Google’s first smartphone that was made in-house.

Google Pixel 2 is rumored to have a Google Home start speaker, a new premium chromebook and a daydream VR headset.

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While the launch date of the Google Pixel 2 phone is on October 4th, there is no news as to the date of the actual sale of the phone. In all probability it may come as no surprise if the phone was available for sale at the same time as its predecessor last year.

The rumor police say that the phone will have a screen size of 5 inches while the 2 XL will have a slightly larger 6 inch screen. Pixel 2 is said to have many of the features of its predecessor in that it has a rear end finger scanner and single lens camera. Pixel 2 will have slightly thinner edges than that of the previous pixel and a slightly rounded screen.

Google Pixel 2‘s camera sits at the center of the rear of the phone, Google Pixel 2 XL has its camera slightly off center.

The phones are said to come in basic colors of black and white, while Google Pixel 2 comes in an added shade of blue.

Google Pixel Buds

Google Pixel 2 has done away with the headphone jack, which leaves the user with the option of using wireless headphones or to connect their headphones to the USB-C port.

Pixel 2 will be sold at $649, the same price as that of the current version with the added advantage of it having a 64GB internal storage as compared to the 32 GB internal storage of the previous model.

Google Pixel 2 is going to be unveiled with the latest Oreo operating system. What this means is that it will have a longer battery life, by limiting the running of power hungry background apps, and it will also start up alot faster.

The latest version of the phone will run on a 835 snapdragon chip with increased storage at 64GB. Pixel 2 will also come in a 128GB model. It is rumored that the voice control will be updated in this new model. The phone is also expected to come with squeezable sides which translates to the ability of the user to take a selfie by squeezing the sides of the phone.

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Google Pixel Buds: Wireless Headphones That Can Translate Languages on the Fly

Google Pixel Buds: Wireless Headphones That  Can Translate Languages on the Fly

Google launches a wireless headphone Google Pixel Buds with ability to translate languages

This year might be termed as the year of innovations when smartphone makers finally started moving away from the years of stagnant development. Apart from the launching the new iteration of the Pixel gadgets Google has launched its very first pair of premium wireless headphone namely Google Pixel Buds. Google Pixel Buds is not just a simple wireless headphone but it has the ability to support live translation between languages on the go. Users will have to pair the Google Pixel Buds with Pixel devices whereby this wireless headphone will effectively tap into Google Assistant in order to provide live translation. With Google Pixel Buds Google brings the connected ecosystem of products and technology which was first pioneered by Apple in the consumer electronics.

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Google Pixel Buds: A feature rich headphone

This Google Pixel Buds wireless headphone support language translation for more than 40 languages at the moment and Google is working ahead towards the numbers in future. Pairing it with the Google Assistant is seen as masterstroke by industry experts as it will allow this Google Pixel Buds wireless headphone to reap benefits of Google Assistant which has been incredible at providing amazing voice controls. Google Assistant also helps in alerting users through notifications, sending texting and giving directions as per the need of the hour.

Users can activate the translation feature by simply saying ‘help me speak German’ or any language of their choice. Google has also built some smart volume controls in this Google Pixel Buds wireless headphone specifically on the right earbud. Google has stated that users will get the first taste of the language translate done by its Google Translate upon being powered by machine learning. In other words users get to see the very first personal translator with this Google Pixel Buds wireless headphone.

A great language translation experience with Google Pixel Buds

Google employees demonstrated the translation capability of Google Pixel Buds during the launch by having a conversation between a Swedish and English speaker. In this demonstration one person was speaking in Swedish while other was responding the English language. The person speaking in the Swedish language was equipped with the Pixel Buds paired with Google Pixel smartphone. Whenever the smartphone was addressed was English then it actively translated the phrases in Swedish right in the user’s ears.

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Now Swedish person replied to this through speaking in Swedish at the same time pressing on the right ear bud in order to bring the Google Assistant into the action.

Google Assistant wasted no time in translating the Swedish reply into English language phrase and this time around the translation phrase was brought to everyone’s attention through the smartphone’s speaker. This might appear to be a complex process but it felt like a charm wherein two people having linguistic differences were able to communicate with other.

A number of users were left spell bound after seeing the potential of the wireless headphone aiding the language translation. This also reminds us that Google CEO has promised in January that Google Translate will be making huge leap this year and this new Google Pixel Buds wireless headphone has just shown its potential. Google Pixel Buds will be made available in the month of November with a price tag of S159.

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