Huawei talks next era of mobile

AI can transform the way people experience the world through mobile
The Huawei Mate 9 Pro and Huawei Porsche Design Mate 9 are Huawei's first Google Daydream-ready devices.
The Huawei Mate 9 Pro and Huawei Porsche Design Mate 9 are Huawei's first Google Daydream-ready devices.

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At the Consumer Electronics Show 2017, Huawei's CEO Richard Yu highlighted that the next era of mobile will be artificial intelligence powered devices.

Dubbed the Intelligent Phone, Yu pointed out that the advent of artificial intelligence integrated into smartphones will be able to anticipate the user's needs and match the way they think and feel.

Yu discussed the design needs for the Intelligent Pone, these include the need for advanced computer vision to see and understand its surroundings. It will need more intelligent and developed microphones to hear and identify different sounds, plus it will require advances in power and battery life to process vast amounts of information.

To accelerate the development of the Intelligent Phone, Huawei is working to further develop its sensor technology, machine learning, data management and chipset. Yu added: "Currently people connect with the digital world using their smartphones. In the future, the Intelligent Phone will change all of this. The Intelligent phone will be an extension of who we are - an indispensable part of our lives that uses artificial intelligence to adapt to our needs, allowing us to seamlessly interact with the real and digital worlds."

As part of Huawei Consumer Business Group's keynote, Yu revealed Huawei's partnerships with Amazon and Google to accelerate new technologies and experiences.

Steve Rabuchin, vice president of Amazon Alexa, introduced the Mate 9 with Alexa: "With Amazon Alexa on Huawei's Mate 9, customers can easily perform everyday tasks while on the go - using just their voice. This includes controlling their smart home, checking the news, requesting a ride from services like Uber, and more."

Furthermore, the Huawei Mate 9 Pro and Huawei Porsche Design Mate 9 are Huawei's first Google Daydream-ready devices for users to explore immersive virtual reality content and experiences.

According to Amit Singh, vice president of Business and Operations for Google's Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality team, Google and Huawei will work together to offer high quality smartphone AR on Huawei devices through Project Tango's motion tracking, area learning and depth perception technologies, in 2017.

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