As of today, the only leading voice assistants as of now are Google Assistant, Amazon’s Alexa, and Apple’s Siri. On the other side, the Samsung’s Bixby and Microsoft’s Cortana also gives a decent competition. According to the recent leaks, we got to know from a report from the folks over at XDA that Huawei is working on its new voice assistant which is named as HiAssistant. All the Huawei headsets which are available in China comes preloaded with HiVoice.
This basically allows the user to perform small tasks such as making the phone calls through voice commands. The upcoming assistant from Huawei, the HiAssistant is rumored to be much more powerful and it also comes with Natural Language Understanding (NLU), this will basically help the smartphone to interpret all those unstructured sentences through the human input.
Talking about the HiAssitant, apart from just controlling the device, this assistant will also be featuring search options for food, navigation routes and also for emoticons. This voice assistant is so smart that this can also search through categories such as music albums, books, TV shows and a lot more. This assistant is so smart that it can also make payments to some of the major banks in China.
HiVision is just like the Google Lens which can easily recognize different categories such as the animals, food, vehicles, tools, along with the texts and barcodes. The mobile computing platform HiAI will make it possible for the third-party apps to recognize different scenes such as beaches, flowers, fireworks, cats, and dogs.
All in all, if all these features turn out to work well, then we must accept that the HiAssistant is going to give a tough competition to all the other assistants out there.
Motorola receives Patent for Foldable Smartphone which uses Heating Hinge
After bezel less displays and notched displays, the next trend may be foldable display smartphones. Motorola becomes the latest manufacturer to file a patent for a foldable smartphones. The list is pretty big with manufacturers like Samsung, Huawei, OPPO, LG, Microsoft and many more.
The patent was filed way back in 2016 but is revealed now. As a foldable smartphone, it contains a hinge through which the smartphone can be folded. The schematics of the patented design reveals the presence of a temperature sensor and a heating element which can be activated to raise the temperature of the OLED panel around that area which will allow the display to return to its original position when there is some deformity.
The latest patent from Motorola describes a heat-based technology that helps in immediate repair of the flexible area when damaged. Even if the OLED panels are flexible, the constant folding may lead to deformities in the flexible area of the panel. The deformity though will not be permanent may lead to bad user experience. This is the reason why Motorola will be adopting the heat-based technology.
The patent also describes a special module that can track if the display is folded or not. Additionally there is a backup battery which powers the module so that it can keep track how much time the display is in folded state even when the device is switched off. If it crosses the limited time, the smartphone automatically enter recovery mode as soon as it is unfolded.
Yesterday some pictures were leaked showing Samsung Project V foldable smartphone which was scrapped back in 2016. Huawei is also reported to launched its own foldable smartphone towards the end of this year. So it seems the next year we will enter the era of foldable smartphones.
Xiaomi removes IR Blaster from Redmi 6 & 6A!
Xiaomi is known to be one among the few brands that offer something extra, without breaking your wallet. One of the key features of Xiaomi phones has been the inclusion of an Infrared Blaster (or IR Blaster), which can be found on most Xiaomi phones. The Infrared Blaster is useful for many users as it let the users control many electronic appliances like TV, AC, Fans etc. But now, Xiaomi has suddenly decided to ditch the IR Blaster in the recently launched Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A.
Chinese smartphone related site Gizmochina says, “We first noticed the IR sensor was missing in hands-on photos of the Redmi 6 posted on ITHome. Then we decided to confirm on the official website and found out that Xiaomi didn’t include it in the Redmi 6A too.”
This way, it was found that Xiaomi has skipped the IR Blaster on the Redmi 6 and the Redmi 6A as well, which is budget phone meant to offer many things at a low price. This is quite an unexpected move from Xiaomi, and probably, as the company has removed it from a budget device, in future, we may not see an IR Blaster on other phones from Xiaomi as well.
However, if the absence of the IR Blaster on the Redmi 6 and Redmi 6A isn’t a big deal for anyone, the devices still offer great value for money when compared to many other smartphones. Both the Redmi 6A and Redmi 6A features a 5.45-inch HD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. While the Redmi 6 is powered by MediaTek’s new Helio P22 SoC, the Redmi 6A is powered by the Helio A22.
The Redmi 6 offers dual camera setup on the back, Face Unlock, Fingerprint scanner as well, while the Redmi 6A skips the dual rear cameras on the back and the fingerprint scanner, but still offers good value for money. So, are you happy with this decision by Xiaomi or will you expect them to include the Infrared Blaster in their future phones? Do let us know in the comments section below.
Samsung’s Cancelled Foldable Phone from years ago Leaked Online!
Last year, ZTE launched the Axon M, a foldable smartphone with two displays. It was an innovative concept but was far from perfect. Since then there are rumours of a foldable smartphone from manufacturers like Huawei, OPPO and even Microsoft who filed their respective patents.
Now some images leaked today shows that Samsung toyed with this idea way back in 2015-2016 but ultimately scraped the project, before trying to get it hands on foldable phones again for this year. The smartphone was codenamed “Project V” and we feel it had some real potential at that time.
The smartphone came with model number SM-G929F. Interestingly the model numbers for the Galaxy S6 edge and the Galaxy S7 were SM-G925X and SM-G930x respectively. This shows the estimated timing of its development. It is also confirmed by the old Play Store icon as we all the home screen widget date of January 7, Wednesday which was on 2015.
Similar to the Axon M, the Project V sports a thicker base and a thinner flip screen. The overall design bears a similar look to the Galaxy S6 with the same port placement. The smartphone had a single camera with a flash which can be expected.
Don’t get your hopes high, Samsung is not resurrecting the Project V clearly as the word CANCEL is clearly written below. But a previous report claims that Samsung will be unveiling its foldable smartphone in MWC 2019 event which pushes the Galaxy S10 flagship to a CES 2019 date. The project was under development since 2015 under the name “Valley” which was recently converted the long term development project into a short one, giving the codename “Winner”.
The company has asked to start supplying components for its foldable smartphone in November but in small amount which means the company wants to test the public reaction fast and will definitely cost higher than the regular flagships.
Other manufacturers like Huawei also claims to launch its foldable smartphone at the end of this year. It seems that 2019 will be a year of foldable smartphones.
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