By Emma Lee
What kind of new innovations do you expect from smartphones? Although people began to doubt whether Apple will maintain its powerful innovation energies as it did with the early iPhones, we still expect for more. iPhone 6 recorded massive sales numbers with the support of millions of Apple fans who love the iOS system and Apple’s flourishing ecosystem established over years. Samsung’s latest Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge enthralled us with new materials, curved display and LoopPay, while LG’s Flex 2 has upended the traditional definitions for flat-screen smartphones.
Overwhelmed by various innovations presented by smartphone makers at MWC, TechNode wants to remind you something that shouldn’t be ignored since these are the areas where users hold high expectations for.
1. Voice: Voice recognition is nothing new. Siri and similar technologies have long been applied in smartphones, raising our anticipations for more efficient human-machine interaction. However, most of us got disappointed. Of course, Siri is a very powerful tool, but still, we have to tap on the screen or button to trigger it. Aside from demand for voice recognition accuracy, current voice recognition technologies are highly reliant on cloud services. Then, will voice control become chicken-ribs without proper network connections?
2. Gestures and motions: As an inseparable digital device for modern people, smartphones are not customized enough. When you raise your phones to take a picture, can it open the camera automatically? If the phone is on standby, will it light up and unlock automatically? We believe there are still enough innovation spaces to conquer.
These are the areas which users expect more improvements. Investigations show that the actual utilization rate of voice command features is quite low despite it already highly recognizable by the public. This is because most of current services failed to provide simple and effective solutions, rather than the lack of relevant demands or low acceptation degree of users.
ZTE regained our attentions when it released the new logo last year. We find little highlights in most of ZTE’s previous smartphones with an exception of Nubia which was use by China’s first lady, but I want to give the thumb-up to its latest smartphones released at MWC—Star 2 and Blade S6.
ZTE Star 2 has optimized system-level voice control. Its biggest highlight is that the product can hear the voice demands of users without the bother of tapping on any buttons. Moreover, the voice control orders can be processed locally, freed from reliance on cloud services. At the same time, the acoustic fingerprint technology enables the device listens only to you. As a latecomer in B2C business, ZTE has the invested heavily in voice control for R&D and marketing. The smart voice control alliance headed by ZTE has included giant members like Baidu, AutoNavi, Nuance, Audience, NXP, Sensory to promote the research and application of speech recognition technologies.
ZTE Blade S6 features the company’s Smart Sense – an intuitive and practical set of gesture and motion controls. The smartphone will light automatically when you raise it. The EyeVerify function can unlock the smartphones by scanning your retina.
In face of fierce competitions among domestic users on hardware specs and prices, overseas manufacturers are seeking breakthroughs in design and material. ZTE chooses a user-oriented path to foster more practical innovations.
Source: Gang Lu
Source:: [MWC2015] ZTE Releases Latest Flagship Smartphones Star 2 & Blade S6 Styling Voice Control and Gesture Recognition