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My Tech Take – Vero and Samsung

R.I.P Vero.

The app made a claim to fame that is only starting to be heard through complaints and claims that it is already dead.

FOMO object or real quality network lost in the current noise? We may never really know.


While MWC (Mobile World Congress) keeps going, the media have been very vocal about Samsung or even the usual absentee Apple and the rest of the gang with the likes of Nokia, LG, etc. In most cases, no word about the Chinese smartphone makers.

Why should this not happen?

With global smartphone sales declining in Q4 2017, the only brands in the top 5 actually seeing growth were Huawei (also the world #3 behind Samsung and Apple) and Xiaomi. For more details (and figures), Gartner have you covered.

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My Tech Take – Mobile World Congress

As Mobile World Congress is running full steam, just a couple of takes out of the recent announcements.

On the (smart)phone front, oh my God, Matrix is back!

– After the 3310, Nokia keeps the nostalgy up, releasing the revamped Nokia 8110 (the “banana” phone). I so wanted Neo’s phone back in the days. Now it may become a reality for the price of a nice secondary phone

Cameras are the craze on smartphones it seems. LG’s V30s ThinQ was teased with a very strong emphasis on the camera and photo modes. The new Samsung was not shy about it either and the fact that the phone is, somehow, geared for social media. While these certainly make use of AI (…) and potentially appeal to the larger consumer base, these types of features are coming a little late to the game when we are looking for actual technology.

Last, beyond the cameras and petty features, it seems the smarter ones have actually moved the discussion out of the mobile rat race. Huawei released their (impressive) Matebook and MediaPad while their messaging about cameras has already been out there for a couple of years. Ahead of the curve?

To be continued – potentially with 5G

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My Tech Take

Good day!

I am kickstarting a short series of – hopefully – recurring posts about technology. Anchored in the news and bite-sized.

This is my take on tech.

For today, my interest was actually piqued by Huawei delivering a video featuring a very sleek-looking Porsche.

The video posted on YouTube is titled “Huawei Mate 10 Pro becomes first AI enabled phone to drive a car“.

Huawei, the global technology company, has apprently become the first mobile device manufacturer in the world to use an AI-powered smartphone to drive a car. The ‘RoadReader’ project pushes the boundaries of Huawei’s object recognition technology and puts its AI-powered devices to the test. 

As MWC (Mobile World Congress) is just around the corner and the P20 announcement should not be part of Huawei’s agenda for the event, this “stunt” proves a great way to seize part of the spotlight in the lead-up to the conference and remind us about the amazing capabilities of their AI chips.

Now, if only they shipped the Porsche with the phones for testing 😉