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My Take on the Best Smartphones of 2017

The year 2017 is almost over now. I was just thinking at the number of devices I was playing around this year and thought to list out my experiences and feedback with smartphones this year. Without much ado, here we go!

Let me start with my most favourite topic, Camera.

Google Pixel had a great camera; probably the best this year. Google made people understand that, its not always the hardware but software that can make great difference to the picture. Without a dual camera setup, Google was able to achieve great portraits with its AI based algorithms. However, things weren’t all that green with the Pixel. Along with the LED screen issues. I also heard about the performance flaws on the Pixel 2 XL. Hopefully, Google can fix it via a software update. According to me, the Pixel 2 was a better bet than the Pixel 2 XL in terms of performance and hardware. I really wished Google had chopped these bezels and made just one Pixel 2 this year. Would’ve made life so simple. Pixel was a great camera for Pictures, especially portraits.

The most practical flagship for me was the Apple iPhone 8 Plus. Looked very similar to the earlier iPhones, nothing great on design; bur still performed the best when compared to other Android flagships and iPhones. The A11 Bionic was slick. The 8 Plus stood slightly lower in terms of the camera when compared to the iPhone X. However, when you consider the price and the extra ‘plus’ features, it won it over. The iPhone X is a great phone, but definitely not worth a lac. The iPhones this year has the best cameras for videos, especially the slo-mos.

The Samsung Note 8 is a clear winner; probably the best smartphone of this year. Its amazing on how this company pulled off especially after that debacle of the Samsung Note 7. Great optics, IP68, Stylus and most importantly, less forked android made this a winner. Samsung Pay was great for the company this year. Probably, the 3rd most thing I used on the Samsung phone after camera and screen.

Out of all the devices I tried this year, one device that caught my attention was the MiA1 from Xiaomi. This device was so totally off the Xiaomi strategy. With Mi A1, the company offered stock android along with their nifty add-ons to make this device a worthy re-entry to the Android One segment in the country. Well, as much as I wanted the stock android experience, using it on a Xiaomi device felt totally different. MIUI has been the most important component to Mi Phones that makes it stand out from its competition regardless of the segments the devices belong. Sometimes this also made me wonder if Xiaomi is a software company or a hardware one. The MiA1 had Great Optics and was a good all around performer in the segment.

Introducing Mi Mix 2 in India was a brave attempt from Xiaomi India. I honestly wished they do well in this segment because that would open up more opportunities for the company to introduce flagships in India close to the global launch dates. Further, it also opens up the segment for them.

While the Redmi phones were the clear winners in the budget segment, it was nice to see brands like 10.or (Brand name owned by Amazon) and Comio play in the segment with interesting devices up their sleeve. While 10.or brought in stock feel android phones in this segment, Comio was pretty aggressive with their focused marketing. Hope we will see more in the coming days from them.

It was Impressive to see Huawei India introduce some great models this year. The Honor brand phones were aggressive and one has to appreciate their strategies to bring devices quick to India. They were audible all through the year and brave in pitching through various channels. Probably only brand that leveraged not just tech bloggers to reach more people. I really wished we saw the Huawei P10 or the Mate series in India. Leica is love.

The LG V30 is a great phone. The DAC on the phone is worth a mention.Wonder why it doesn’t get a worthy mention whenever someone wants to recommend a flagship to friend or foe; maybe, its because of the software and lack of its optimisation. Also, the price game that LG plays every time – Launch at a price, reduce it in a week, reduce it even further in few weeks.. the cycle just goes on.

Well, OnePlus was the winner in affordable tech. Not once, but twice this year. Both the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T were brilliant phones. Great optics, good screen and decent software. They have almost become a brand everyone recommends. Flagship Killer? well may not be. I don’t think, even they claim that title anymore. So lets spare this topic going forward. The OnePlus5T was probably my Best All around phone in India. I’m still amazed at how blazing fast the Face Unlock worked. Of-course, worth mentioning that it is a convenience feature and not a security one.

Summing up, this was just my experience with these devices and I hope, we see even better smartphones coming up next year. Till then, wish you a very happy new year. Do let me know your thoughts and comments.

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What powers the Honor 7X? The EMUI – Top Features

Huawei has impacted smartphone industry in a big way. The brand has created a niche for itself in the global market; due credits can be attributed towards the wide range of devices in all the price package with great specifications.

Few days ago, Huawei announced Honor 7X in India. Not just the hardware, the software on these phones is our favourite too. The phone offers the latest version of EMUI, with an intuitive interface with several gesture tricks. Here we list our favourite features that make Huawei’s EMUI unique.

Home Screen Customisations: With EMUI, one can customise home screen as per their own requirement. Pinching the home screen with two fingers will reduce the screen size and four options will appear at the bottom wallpapers, widgets, transition, and layout.

The EMUI user interface lets you accomplish several tasks even without unlocking your device, this makes usage of device hassle free. If you swipe up from the bottom of the display while the device is locked. A menu pops up, which lets you use the device as a voice recorder, calculator, firing the camera or let you use the rear LED as a torch.

With the great screen display , Huawei provides its users with the good collection of wallpapers. One can change the wallpaper by both ways manually & with the use of EMUI. By shaking the device one can change the wallpaper. To activate the feature, go to the wallpaper section and activate the desired toggle.

Motion & Gestures Friendly: EMUI provides seamless functioning with gestures and motions for controlling the device. The various options that EMUI gives are flip to mute, shake to rearrange and tilt to move icons, pick up to reduce volume, widgets, keyboard, dialler or navigation bar. Steps: Go to Settings>>All>>Smart Assistance>>Motion Control and customise the required gestures.

Notification Modifications: EMUI user interface lets one control the notification behaviour of the apps. You can allow any app to send you the notification or block it permanently. Steps: Settings>>All>Notification Manager and tap on the app icon, which you want to restrict. A popup window will appear with Allow, Notify and Restrict options.

Dropzone Manager: DropZone Manager is a key feature from the house Huawei to make the screen less cluttered. DropZone allows any seven apps to send floating notification. Steps: navigate to Settings>>All>>DropZone Manager

Two Profile creation: With Huawei phones, one can hide their Contact, Album, and App. It also gives you an option to restrict certain albums, apps, and contacts to yourself only. The EMUI allows you to creates two user profiles ó Administrator and Guest.

If you are logged with the admin password, everything will remain open to using, but if logged in using the guest password, certain user-mentioned contacts, albums, and apps won’t be visible or accessible. Steps: Navigate to Settings>>All>>Security>>Privacy Protection. First, you’ll be prompted to create the admin password and then the guest password.

Modification of Navigation Bar: Every Huawei phone comes with three control menus at the bottom of the display. But EMUI allows changing the order or adding the notification panel open option on that bar. Steps: Navigate to Settings>>All>>Smart Assistance>>Navigation Bar and turn on the Navigation Bar toggle and choose the desired option.

Display Customisation – Daydream, Colour Temperature: With EMUI one can change Huawei smartphones display according to their preference. The EMUI offers you options to change the display colour temperature and brightness. We always prefer to leave the colour temperature to phone’s default settings, an option for modifying colour temperature comes as a great help to make the screen comfortable for reading as per your convenience.

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Meet this nifty Website Builder, Wix!

Times have become much easier now and platforms like Wix have made your job easier. Depending on your personal requirement, just arrange all elements into the right place and there you have a self-created masterpiece to help your business do better. So, once you have clear objectives for developing the much-needed site, Wix will help you achieve that goal. It’s powerful, offers greater flexibility and is also simple-to-use. Things work smoothly, and in a matter of hours, you can get to see a professional, functional, eye-catching and technically strong website for your business.

With over 500 beautiful templates catering to several industries, Wix is one amazing feature-packed website builder that helps you get online through a personal/ professional website, created within hours. Wix is an efficient blank canvas editor that saves both your time and efforts! It’s the ultimate solution for your small business to get you to the forefront. Because, when you have an appealing website, it is a great way of reaching out to your potential clients/ customers. And gone are days when you would have to have those impressive and high-end skill sets to build a website.

Build a website using Wix, we have tested the features and they turn out to be amazing!

How Legit Is Wix?

There are a few things that you need to consider before moving further to use this popular website builder. And here is what you need to know:

  • Wix offers a true drag-and-drop feature which allows the user to have the utmost control over the website creation process.
  • Wix provides the user with several small to big hacks so as to avoid any kind of chaos. It has the provision of accommodating all kinds of industry-specific needs ranging from SMEs, hospitality, restaurants to designers, photographer and musicians. The site is said to be the most innovative when compared to its competitors.
  • The platform works with ADI – Artificial Design Intelligence where the all the elements can be arranged and created by Wix’s very own artificial intelligence (AI) program.
  • Each of the designs along with templates is up-to-date without you having to touch any external or internal codes. And even if you want to get into advanced settings, it’s not at all a hassle.
  • The level of flexibility provided to the users makes the efforts worth it. But, that is what makes the website a little scattered as it lacks the needed polish and elegance which several other website builders offer.
  • Talking about the technicalities, as a user, you will be provided with several precise customization options for every page of the website. And all of these elements stay beautifully intact in one place. The plentiful features provided by Wix are for the ease of their users.
  • The iOS and Android mobile application of Wix lets the user manage his/ her website even through the comfort of their smartphone.
  • The interface is pretty simple to understand with an array of imaginable designs that you can make use of.
  • For all your SEO needs, Wix even offers SEO services and allows customization as per Google friendly settings.
  • Their support system is available throughout the world. Email or call them and they’ll get your issues sorted.
  • Users can easily add audio players, blog pages, e-Commerce elements, newsletter features along with restaurant menus and membership system.
  • Things work smooth; however, if you want to create a multilingual website, instructions are a bit complex and require a lot of efforts to be put in from your end. For creating a multilingual site, Wix isn’t a preferable platform.
  • Themes are beautiful but cannot be changed like other such platforms. Once you choose a template, it get’s locked. However, there are tremendous elements that you can easily customise to achieve the best ever results. And for that matter, a theme can be self-created right from the scratch.
  • Even after being claimed as a wonderful website builder, Wix is unable to manage the complex e-commerce requirements. Although a certain set of improvements have been made you cannot consider all of the details to be included.
  • Since you are using the free version of Wix, it prominently displays advertisement banners and logos on your site. But, once you upgrade to a paid plan, the advertisements get removed.

Who Is Wix Ideal For?

If you are someone who isn’t well versed in the technicalities of coding and stuff, then Wix is for you. And if you are someone who wants to save their time and effort and not invest a fortune, then Wix is for you! Start building your website and publish content by the end of the day. It’s that simple! The platform is economical, doesn’t make you wait much, offers advanced features and is easy-to-use.

Wix Artificial Design Intelligence (ADI):

The ADI program is what makes Wix one of a kind. You will be able to automatically align several elements while designing your website. The Artificial Intelligence design-assistant program solves 80% of your troubles including the initial design setup, content insertion and making the first look just-so-good. AI technology at Wix helps you create the initial look after which you can keep making refinements and rearrangements. However, this is an optional feature and if you really want to go about in the traditional manner, you are also free to do so.

Hosting:

Hosting is a bit scary part of the entire website-building process. So, just to allow the user to concentrate on establishing his/her business website, Wix takes care of all the hosting options, even if you aren’t on the premium plan.

App Market:

Wix has a huge Application Market through which you can grow your site tremendously. This is another major feature that makes Wix distinctive from other such platforms. Each of these can be efficiently integrated into the user’s site which extends the functionality. For instance, features like live chat, contests and email marketing etc can be added with the help of these apps.

Pricing:

If you feel that you are satisfied with the free version of Wix and you may want to try the paid version, here is what you need to know. The image below easily tells you about the Premium packages for building a site at Wix. And if you ask us, it totally depends on you to decide if the investment is worth it or not. Consider spending some time on the free version and understand which services are you being offered and which are not included. Make sure you know which all services and offers are required by you and accordingly pick a plan.

Create A Professional Website: A Step-By-Step Guide

How to build a website on Wix? This is how you can easily do so. The process is straightforward and will make you a website creating master!

  1. Sign-Up for an account at Wix to create your personal website.
  2. Choose the type of site you want to create.
  3. Select a preferable template.
  4. Modify the already present details and replace the same with your personal elements on the page.
  5. Change the visual elements and add media pertaining to your specific site.
  6. Keep adding the required elements for each page of the site you are creating.
  7. Consider adding a Blog page which is always a useful web page.
  8. And once you include all the products and are satisfied with the how everything needs to look, publish your website.

Want to share any of your personal experiences or have any queries? Let us know through the comment section below!

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A new tale of Nokia – Hello HMD

Nokia has a history. A company charm had fade way, when it was at its peak. It’s hard to believe but the brand has made a come back. Yes, you heard it right. Nokia has bounced back into the industry with its innovative technology and sticking to its ground rules.

Although comebacks are very difficult & are rarely successful, beat it in any segment. If we talk about telecom & technology sector the trend of re-birth has been a failure for most of the brands. The expectation has torn apart the demand of the consumer.

Last year in May 2016, Nokia has joined hands with HMD Global – a Finnish company, for next 10 years and gave exclusive global license to create Smartphone’s and tablets under Nokia brand name. With this association between Nokia & HMD, Nokia aims to be among the top three players & India will be its key market.

The tie up between the two is solely on the basis of the advanced technology and licensing unit of Nokia Corporation, giving HMD sole use of the Nokia brand for mobile phones and tablets worldwide.

HMD has approached both the Microsoft and Nokia for the use of the Nokia brand and some design rights. HMD has a huge plan to bring back the Nokia brand. It has planned to spend odd 400 million euros to market the Nokia brand for the next three years.

HMD has also joined hands & developed strategic partnerships with some of the world’s leading technology companies, including FIH Mobile and Google, to strengthen its Nokia-branded product portfolio.

This time Nokia is returning with the Android devices, moreover, prior to this Nokia was associated with Microsoft & business strategy was sync with the Microsoft phablet segment.

This year in January Nokia has released first Android Smartphone that is Nokia 6 in China & did a comeback in industry with it at a price of $245. The handset bundles up with 64 GB storage, 4GB of RAM, a 16MP and an 8MP back & front camera respectively. This device got a great response from the consumer got sold within a minute. Nokia also witness great success when it was associated with Microsoft & produced Lumia 500 and Lumia 735. Slowly, gradually the windows phones started fading off.

Nokia has also launched Nokia 3, Nokia 5 & a revamp version of its iconic device Nokia 3310 at Mobile World Congress ( MWC). There rumours says Nokia is coming up with dozen of handset this year.

Coming back of Nokia, can be a major threat to the brands like Huawei, Xiaomi & other budget Smartphone brands.

Talking about the presence, Nokia will have presence in 250 cities and towns in India itself. Nokia along with HMD is going to offer innovative technology to its consumers. It will has it is presence in both online & offline market. Nokia claims that its strength lies in offline market, to reach to wider market they will foray into online market as well with different products. The price range will differ when it comes to offline & online market.

According to Gartner, the Mobile handset shipment has reached 265 million in 2016. More than 50 percent of market is captured by feature phones. Feature phones business has huge scope in India in comparison to the Smartphone market as per the Nokia. Nokia wish to capture a significant amount of market with the help of HMD Global, according to a source.

We cannot ignore the fact that devices are not from the house of Nokia any more, it will be HMD Global would be producing the devices. We can assure, current version of Nokia is not an old Nokia, they are all renewed brand & they have long way to go this time. Nokia to follow its core values of reliability, consistency, simplicity, human touch, trust in a better & more modernised way to suit the needs of the new consumers.

Union of Nokia & HMD Global for mobile handset & tablets is reaching to Thailand market as well very soon. The company has set up an office in Bangkok and appointed business partners, including distributors.

HMD has a very focus plans towards bring the technology & Nokia brand. And Thailand is one of the target countries out of five Southeast Asian markets on which HMD has focused, said Rutherfoord, who is a former Nokia executive. HMD chief executive officer Arto Nummela said his company had set an ambitious goal of becoming one of the top global players in the smartphone market in the next few years, according to an online source. Nokia is coming to the next chapter or a next phase of life.

Nokia has always believed in taking challenges with its quirky products & innovative design. The brand always worked on the quality & they were fun, adventurous and never dull. We are sure, they are going to create magic and touch more lives, of-course courtesy HMD.

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Dual Camera Lenses and Smartphone Photography

Smartphones have really transformed the way how people click pictures. Most importantly, they have made the entire process feel simple and easy. While some companies bank on the Megapixels, many went about using better sensors and other techniques to help produce great photographs.

The cameras had their limitations in smartphones; majorly because of the form factor and the desire of making thinner and sleek devices. Many have been trying to compensate this with software enhancements. Recently, we have started to see many companies bring in smartphones with dual camera lenses on them. It all started with HTC One M8 2 years ago; and then with LG G5 this year, followed by Huawei P9, Honor 8, Redmi Pro and few others.  The latest in the scene is the iPhone 7 Plus from Apple which was just unveiled yesterday. Every Company has implemented the Twin Lens in a unique way.

Huawei P9 and Honor 8: Monochrome Love

In this device, The Cameras has two 12MP sensors set at f.2.2 Aperture, where one of them shoots monochrome only. When you click a picture, the monochrome sensor analyses the picture in terms of the light thats hitting the sensor through the glass and different objects in the frame.

Using all these information available, the system then adds the colour onto the picture from the other RGB sensor. Using the colour and monochrome cameras simultaneously helps in producing a superior image with deeper blacks and vivid colours than a conventional one-sensor setup. Image information from both sensors makes these cameras 100% more light-sensitive than the competition.

Absolutely love the details on the #Honor8

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Huawei P9 Camera SampleThe Dual camera systems also enables you to take pictures with an adjustable depth of field to create background blurs.

LG G5 and V20: Wide Angle

The LG G5 uses the secondary 8MP module as a super-wide angle with a 135 degree angle of view. The main 16MP camera module has narrower field of view which works pretty well and also makes a good combination with the wide-angle.

If you are using the digital zoom the LG G5 switches automatically between both modules. To simplify, if you are using the wide-angle lens and zoom into your scene, digital zoom is applied to the wide-angle image until the angle of view of the other 16MP lens is reached. At this point the camera app switches modules.

Apple iPhones (plus), OnePlus 5, Samsung Note 8: Wide Angle and Optical Zoom

These devices has one wide angle lens and another a standard telephoto lens. The stand-out difference is that, The lenses which will be used for zooming isn’t just digital, but also offers optical zoom which uses the second telephoto lens to take sharp pictures. Apple released the phone with hardware-based 1x and 2x zoom, and a software zoom above 2x to 10x.

The two lenses collect data for the software to process. As shown in the demo yesterday during the launch event, These accomplishes this through machine-learning recognition of objects in a scene, which let it identify people, and by using images captured from the two cameras, to differentiate focal planes. The result is software processed DSLR quality images with Bokeh.

The dual lens also helps in the new “Depth Effect” feature in the camera app that allows you to put the subject in the forefront in focus and blur the background scene; ideal in portraits.

HTC was the first one to introduce a dual camera setup on Smartphones in 2014 with its HTC One M8

Honor 6X and Xiaomi Redmi Pro: Bokeh!

The Redmi Pro’s dual lens implementation is very similar to what HTC introduced. This device features a 13MP primary camera Sony sensor along with a 5MP Samsung sensor on the rear of the device. The camera gives users the ability to choose the focus point after a shot is taken. The hardware-level depth of field processing helps the RedMi Pro to add effects like blurred backgrounds natively. Keeping it simple, The first camera clicks the still images while the other one measures the depth in the scene.

Its interesting on how companies are introducing the secondary cameras without making the phones look bulky and adhering to what we call a good design. With so much of emphasis on photography, I am sure, dual lens on Smartphones are going to make the phones even more fantastic to click pictures; and maybe, open up more avenues for virtual reality!

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Next Big Thing in 2017: Mixed Reality

Mixed reality (MR), as the name says is a hybrid version. It is also called as hybrid reality. Hybrids reality is a mixture of the virtual and real worlds.

Basically, it is a mixture of things we see in the real world and things that we see on the screen. In other words, it is the merging of real and virtual technology worlds to induce new environments and visualisations. It is expected that this industry will become $165 bn dollars by 2020. Throwing some light on it; mixed reality also encompasses augmented reality and augmented virtuality, both differs a lot.

Virtual Reality (VR) is a digital environment which transposes users. VR takes us to another world than the place where we are via googles or closed visors. Brands like Google, HTC, Intex already has the presence in VR.

Whereas augmented Reality gives more importance to digital content & keeps it up than physical content. Augmented reality is created by putting 2D or 3D content over real world object. Mixed reality is far more advanced than VR as it incorporates several types of technologies.

These technologies can be sensors, advanced optics and next-gen computing power which is combining in one device. This device can offer the user with the aptitude to overlay increased holographic digital content into your time period area, making eventualities that are improbably realistic and mind-blowing.

Mixed Reality works by skimming through the physical environment one is a presence, creates a 3D map of ambiances so the device will know exactly where and how to place digital content into that space – realistically – while allowing you to interact with it using gestures.

In hybrid reality, user is completely involved in the different world, and experience invites digital content into real-time surrounding, and allow one to interact with the environment.

The use of clear lenses, abstraction sound and understanding of physical surroundings can permit holograms to appear, sound and behave like real objects that will create a two-way communication surroundings.

Mixed Reality utilisation is not restricted to any specific vertical or industry & not only restricted to gaming & consoling. It has been used in various segments of business, manufacturing and education worlds with systems. Mixed reality helps in generating a whole new world of interactions, apps, games and experiences we have yet to imagine.

Mixed Reality applications

Simulation-Based Learning: Moving from e-learning to s-learning—state of the art in knowledge transfer for education. Simulation/VR-based training, interactive experiential learning. Package and show solutions with ascendable accredited program development model.

Interactive Product Content Management: Moving from static product catalogs to interactive 3D smart digital replicas. The solution consists of application software products with scalable license model.

Military Training: Combat reality is simulated and represented in complex layered data through HMD.

Real Asset Virtualisation Environment: 3D Models of manufacturing machinery are incorporated into a virtual environment and then linked to real-time data associated with that asset. Avatars allow for multidisciplinary collaboration and decision-making based on the data presented in the virtual environment.

Mixed Reality will be acceptable world wide if the devices are affordable & compatible Brand like Microsoft has already introduced Mixed Reality device called Hololens which cost $3,000 and is a premium device.

Hololens serve enterprise and engineers and does not yet have a mainstream consumer base. There is another device called Meta 2 which was supposed to hit the market at the price point of $949.

For Mixed reality devices, we would be requiring 5G Networks & such devices should not leave any glitch in terms of transferring data or limiting experience.

Devices that are available in the market so far:

Occipital introduced The Bridge MR / VR headset only for iOS devices for $399. A hybrid device (MR/VR HMD) from a bucket of a startup Occipital called The Bridge is designed specifically for iOS with a $399 price. The headset bundles with a 120-degree wide angle lens and a depth sensor called the “Structure Sensor” that Occipital has been working on for several years. This allows it to perform inside-out positional tracking (one that doesn’t rely on external sensors) that could be fast and accurate enough to allow augmented objects to appear anchored in the real world so they actually seem real.

ZapBox – Cardboard Mixed Reality for $30: AR company Zappar announced the world’s first cardboard Mixed Reality headset. It comes complete with cardboard controllers and a special wide-angle camera lens for only $30 on Kickstarter.

CES 2017 also showed some of the great Mixed Reality products. Asus is one the brand which made an announcement to venture into Mixed Reality soon. In nutshell, 2017 will mark an era of digital content in the technology sphere. With this one can expect some of great innovation as well.

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Our Favourite Software Features from the Huawei EMUI

Huawei has impacted smartphone industry in a big way. The brand has created a niche for itself in the global market; due credits can be attributed towards the wide range of devices in all the price package with great specifications.

Few days ago, Huawei announced Honor 6X in India. Not just the hardware, the software on these phones is our favourite too. The phone offers the latest version of EMUI, with an intuitive interface with several gesture tricks. Here we list our favourite features that make Huawei’s EMUI unique.

Home Screen Customisations: With EMUI, one can customise home screen as per their own requirement. Pinching the home screen with two fingers will reduce the screen size and four options will appear at the bottom wallpapers, widgets, transition, and layout.

The EMUI user interface lets you accomplish several tasks even without unlocking your device, this makes usage of device hassle free. If you swipe up from the bottom of the display while the device is locked. A menu pops up, which lets you use the device as a voice recorder, calculator, firing the camera or let you use the rear LED as a torch.

With the great screen display , Huawei provides its users with the good collection of wallpapers. One can change the wallpaper by both ways manually & with the use of EMUI. By shaking the device one can change the wallpaper. To activate the feature, go to the wallpaper section and activate the desired toggle.

Motion & Gestures Friendly: EMUI provides seamless functioning with gestures and motions for controlling the device. The various options that EMUI gives are flip to mute, shake to rearrange and tilt to move icons, pick up to reduce volume, widgets, keyboard, dialler or navigation bar. Steps: Go to Settings>>All>>Smart Assistance>>Motion Control and customise the required gestures.

Notification Modifications: EMUI user interface lets one control the notification behaviour of the apps. You can allow any app to send you the notification or block it permanently. Steps: Settings>>All>Notification Manager and tap on the app icon, which you want to restrict. A popup window will appear with Allow, Notify and Restrict options.

Dropzone Manager: DropZone Manager is a key feature from the house Huawei to make the screen less cluttered. DropZone allows any seven apps to send floating notification. Steps: navigate to Settings>>All>>DropZone Manager

Two Profile creation: With Huawei phones, one can hide their Contact, Album, and App. It also gives you an option to restrict certain albums, apps, and contacts to yourself only. The EMUI allows you to creates two user profiles ó Administrator and Guest.

If you are logged with the admin password, everything will remain open to using, but if logged in using the guest password, certain user-mentioned contacts, albums, and apps won’t be visible or accessible. Steps: Navigate to Settings>>All>>Security>>Privacy Protection. First, you’ll be prompted to create the admin password and then the guest password.

Modification of Navigation Bar: Every Huawei phone comes with three control menus at the bottom of the display. But EMUI allows changing the order or adding the notification panel open option on that bar. Steps: Navigate to Settings>>All>>Smart Assistance>>Navigation Bar and turn on the Navigation Bar toggle and choose the desired option.

Display Customisation – Daydream, Colour Temperature: With EMUI one can change Huawei smartphones display according to their preference. The EMUI offers you options to change the display colour temperature and brightness. We always prefer to leave the colour temperature to phone’s default settings, an option for modifying colour temperature comes as a great help to make the screen comfortable for reading as per your convenience.

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Meet Xploree, an intelligent NLP Powered Keyboard for Android

Xploree is industry’s first mobile discovery keyboard that connects users to the most relevant product content and services.  This keyboard predicts user intent as they type, text or chat based on their current and past context, to serve the most relevant recommendations. It draws advanced algorithms of syntax and semantics with language modelling and sentimental analysis to build an intent prediction algorithm.

The smartphone has evolved from being a simple input interface to a smart personalised assistant to users. Meet Xploree, an Android keyboard that does beyond autocorrection and word predictions. Leveraging the power of  Natural Language Processing (NLP), this app studies textual interactions between the users and the mobile device to decipher an user’s intent.

This keyboard is capable of syncing with your contextual needs; thereby, bringing in smart suggestions. NLP drives the core intelligence on this app. The keyboard is centred around user initiated actions, thereby making simultaneous in-app browsing and conversing completely interruption-free.

The UI is pretty slim too. When I tried this keyboard few days ago, the clean look struck its first impression. The touch and swipe responsiveness are neat. The key pop is an interesting add as well. Xploree Keyboard App - Clean UI

Natural language processing is a field of computer science, artificial intelligence, and computational linguistics concerned with the interactions between computers and human (natural) languages. As such, NLP is related to the area of human–computer interaction. Many challenges in NLP involve: natural language understanding, enabling computers to derive meaning from human or natural language input; and others involve natural language generation. – Wikipedia

Xploree DiscoveriesFor instance, while chatting on Facebook Messenger with a friend about watching a movie, this app can intelligently give you the offers/promocode from Bookmyshow to book the ticket.

Consider this scenario, you are talking with your friend on IM (regardless of what app it is), and while you discuss about a restaurant booking, you get suggestions on various offers and cuisines which you can try around.

It isn’t just an aggregation based solution. It works on deep understanding of the conversation and match them with meaningful discoveries w.r.t product suggestions or offers. The discovery on the app does have some good catalogue to begin with. Of-course, it has to get better on time with more players coming in.

The Intent analysis algorithm takes into account various factors like the current language, text, phrase predictions, applications in use and user’s favourites to detect the users intent and create relevant stacks. This means, if you are having a negative sentiment towards a product or a supplier, that suggestion/content is not recommended to the user even though it matches. This is slick.

Most importantly in all this process, your end user experience isn’t affected at all. The behaviour is seamless without the hassle of switching the apps.

Short key suggestion is another neat feature which I like about this keyboard. you can set Simple anagrams for most used phrases. For eg: omw for ‘on my way’, wru for ‘where are you’. It doesn’t need to be short phrases, but also works with long text like addresses.

“There is so much of work happening on Semantic Analysis and NLP these days. User-Experience is driving this whole deal; and I’m glad, a company from India is leading this effort on the mobile platform”

This keyboard currently supports over 130+ languages and has an user-based of over 2.5 million. The keyboard offers faster multi-lingual chat with improved language predictions. Typing with Hinglish, Tamlish is also simple. oh btw, the keyboard supports Stickers as well. Download the App here.

With over 100 employees, KeyPoint technologies is seriously making every effort to lead in the AI and NLP space, and offer great discovery experiences to consumers on mobile devices.

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ChatBots: An artifical Human Being

We are in an era which is ruling by technology revolution. With each passage of time, we see new services or a term is coined. The word has been derived from Robots & we generally address it as bots. Bots is a software that automates the work you usually do.These days the most common bot is a Chatbot.

As the name says, Chatbots is very much related to chats. But what actually holds in Chatbots is the main question that arises. Recent study, suggest people are spending more time using various chat apps than social media.

Today, we discuss about Chatbots and its utility. In recent times, Chatbots are the big opportunity for any brand, from a traditionally established brand to a startups. To initiate the same, Chatbot is a synchronisation of both AI (Artificial Intelligence) & chat interface. It is a set of rules as well.

The Chatbots service could vary from functional to fun, and it could live in any major chat product like Telegram, Facebook, Text Messages & more. In general, we see 2 types of Chatbots:

  • A chatbot which is works on rules & regulations- This set of Chatbots works on limited functionality as they are based on rules. This is programmed with specific sets of rules & it smart enough till rules apply to them.
  • Another which uses machine language called Artificial Intelligence- This kind of bots keep getting smarter, the more you interact with it.

The number of apps have grown tremendously over a decade. Although, Chatbots are still in its nascent stage & are replacing individual apps. “Bots are the new app,” declared Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella at a conference in San Francisco in March.

Rather than closing Facebook Messenger and opening Uber, you can simply message Uber and ask for a ride. Bots coming in, we see bots will have an edge of any app. Let see what makes Bots better than an app.

  1. Apps need download options, but Bots don’t – Individual apps like WhatsApp, Facebook, Kik, Snapchat all of them required download via website or a Playstore. When it comes to Bots, you need not any permission to download. They can be use immediately without any hassle.
  2. Bots are Viral – Bots are in built in apps itself, and sharing bots become easy with each passage of time. Hence, they become viral too early.
  3. Easy to Build – Application development involves huge cost & time. When it comes to Bots, they are easy to build & cost friendly.
  4. Long Tail Wings – It is not possible to download long tail apps but when using bots once can use long tail bots easily.
  5. Server- Affable – Bots upgrades in operations & functionality within fraction of seconds, as they have a presence in the app itself. Therefore, they are server friendly bots.
  6. Push- Pull – At any given point of time, Bots can push messages to their users, even after a long gap of inactivity.
  7. Present anywhere & everywhere – Bots are omnipresent & they can be present on mobile, website, cars etc..One can say a world of Bots.

It would be interesting to see how bots will over power the apps and how users interact with it. Things are going to be quite amazing!

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Honor 8 Camera Review: The Dual Lens Magic

Honor 8 is the company’s flagship this year. With dual lenses and all glass design, the Honor 8 aims to do a lot more than the competition. This is the second phone from the company this year, after Huawei P9 to come with a dual lens setup this year. LG G5 started it all this year. While on the G5, the secondary module is a wide-angle lens, Huawei’s approach is slightly different. Let us look through the Honor 8 Camera Review, its Features and how you can snap great pictures with this device.

If you have already bought one or thinking about buying one, this would be useful. While the camera is the most interesting feature on this phone, the oct-core chipset, The EMUI, and a fast fingerprint scanner are worth appreciating as well. Read our full review here.

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How does the Twin lens System on the Honor 8 Camera work?

Like mentioned earlier, The Honor 8 has two 12MP sensors set at f.2.2 Aperture, where one of them shoots monochrome only. When you click a picture, the monochrome sensor gauges the picture in terms of the light thats hitting the sensor through the glass and different objects in the frame. Using all these information available, the system then adds the colour onto the picture from the other RGB sensor. Using the colour and monochrome cameras simultaneously helps in producing a superior image with deeper blacks and vivid colours than a conventional one-sensor setup.

Further, Image information from both sensors makes the Honor 8 camera 100% more light-sensitive than the competition. The Dual camera systems also enables you to take pictures with an adjustable depth of field to create background blurs. Let us look at how can you do that a little later.

Camera UI and Modes:

When you launch the camera button on the Huawei P9, you see a very simple UI which still looks very iOS‘ish. However, Swiping towards the right, brings in various modes to choose from. The quality of the output is fantastic. Especially the details. The contrasts and tones are worth falling in love with. Check this sample below.

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While on the camera screen, when you swipe towards the left, you get these different menu options. These let you set the resolution of the photographs to either standard format or the wide-screen one. There is GPS Tag, if you like to tag your pictures to the location. Pretty useful option, if you are a traveller and want to make a summary of your route & sort at the end of your trip. There are few more straight forward options.

The colour reproduction is neat too. The contrasts are good; neither too much nor too subtle.

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You also have live filters in the camera. Once you click the icon, you will be able to see all the filters in action. You can then choose according to your taste.

Most of the settings on the Honor 8 Camera are visible when you are on Pro Mode. To activate the pro mode, you will need to swipe up above the shutter button. Once you are in Pro mode, you will be able to adjust the focus points, shutter speed, Exposure Values, White Balance Settings and even the focus modes. Notably, it was weird not to find the option to tune the aperture settings. As a photographer, I really missed this.

Once you are in Pro mode, you can again swipe left and now you can find more options show up. The first notable feature is the option to store photos in RAW (DNG format). In a RAW mode, the pictures are captured as-in with all the information intact available for you to post process the image later. This is very nifty, if you love playing with your images on Lightroom or Photoshop. You have an option to change the camera grid, if you prefer to get some aid while composing the pictures. There is an optional level scale too!

Tap to Focus:

The Dual lens systems enables you to take pictures with an adjustable depth of field to create background blurs, what we call Bokeh. On the camera screen, once you select the Aperture icon here, you will have an option to click a picture with aperture settings and option for tap to focus; which results in specific part of the image being focused. You can also click a picture and then adjust the depth later.

Tap to Focus on Huawei P9 Leica

When you go to the gallery, you can see these images with a small lens symbol. You can then tap open the picture and adjust the settings. There is a slider which appears next to the icon. This helps you to change the width of the aperture. Wider (least the number) the aperture, greater the background blur. This way, you could tune the image to your preference – as shown below in this image.

Defocusing-on-Huawei-P9

The software Emulates as open as f 0.95. That makes the picture focus sharp at that point and everything else has this creamy blurred effect to it. Since it’s a software made, its easy to identify as the edges get very smooth.

Auto Focus could’ve been even better. Although, the above mentioned software focusing options does come to rescue at times.

The Video mode gives you some options for manual controls as well. The video quality is decent and the colours looks good too. The Honor 8 only records upto a 1080p and doesn’t support the 4K resolution output. Further, Lack of Optical image stabilisation also means, you may face some issues in low-light conditions; or if you want great quality, I recommend using a tripod.

I hope the latest version of the software, EMUI 5.0 with Nougat, would bring in even better camera software optimisations as well.

HDR is pretty good as well. It brings down the shadows and increases the colour saturation. The dynamic range of the images are pretty good. The two cameras working in conjunction definitely helps the device click great pictures. The pictures look even more good when you have a high dynamic range in the scene.

The option for RAW file processing might really impress people who love tweaking their images. Something I really miss on this phone is a hardware camera button. That would’ve been a nifty addition.