6 2014 No.6 Bimonthly HANDS-ON Blade V2: It Feels Good ZMAX: Bigger and Faster Cover Product ZTE ZMAX DESIGN & ART 2014: The Year of User Experience for ZTE MOBILE APP How to Work on the Go like a Professional FOCUS 4 INFORMATION ROUNDUP 6 SHOWCASE 8 HANDS-ON 8 Blade V2: It Feels Good 10 ZMAX: Bigger and Faster 12 FOCUS Trends to Expect in Smart Terminals 20 DESIGN & ART 20 2014: The Year of User Experience for ZTE Smartphones have improved greatly. They have replaced feature phones and are now an electronic companion that many cannot live without. What products will rise and reign? Let’s now look at what trends will grow more apparent on smart terminals. p12 22 Android Lollipop: A Whole New Look and Feel p24 p25 2 NO.6 2014 http://wwwen.zte.com.cn/en/about/publications 24 ZTE’s Unprecedented Smart Voice Services Mobile World Editorial Board 25 The Art of Interaction in Monument Valley 26 MOBILE APP Sponsor: ZTE Corporation Edited by Shenzhen Editorial Office, Strategy Planning Department Editor-in-Chief: Huang Xinming Executive Editor: Liu Yang Editor: He Xi Circulation Manager: Wang Pingping How to Work on the Go like a Professional 28 SMART GADGETS Address: NO. 55, Hi-tech Road South, Shenzhen, P.R.China Postcode: 518057 Tel: +86-755-26776663 Fax: +86-755-26775217 Email: [email protected] Publishing Date: December 31, 2014 Volume 7 lssue 34 28 Android Auto: The Beginning of a Smart Car Era 30 Toys that Go with Smartphones 32 Chairman: Zeng Xuezhong Vice Chairman: Sun Zhenge Members: Ao Wen, Chen Min, Dai Wenhong, Ding Ning, Gao Feng, Huang Xinming, Jiang Hua, Jiang Tao, Kan Yulun, Li Yuehua, Lin Rong, Ma Wenlong, Wu Haoqiang, Xiao Qihu, Yan Hua, Zhu Dongtang, Zhao Wei, Zhang Lei FASHION All rights reserved. The content of this magazine may not be reproduced either in whole or in part without the written consent of ZTE. Every effort has been made to ensure the information included is both accurate and complete; however, ZTE cannot accept misuse or misinterpretation of the information published or implied from the content. 32 Hi-Tech Gadgets for Happy Cycling 34 Gardening Made Easy and Smart p28 p32 3 INFORMATION ROUNDUP Strategy Analytics: Global Shipments of ZTE Smartphones Up 42% in Q3 2014 ZTE Mobile Device Revenue Up 40% in Q3 2014 ZTE mobile device reported strong results in Q3 2014 with revenue up by 40 percent year-on-year. The sales volume of smart devices account for 77 percent of sales overall, compared with 68 percent in Q3 2013. ZTE’s 4G expansion also marked a new milestone as 4G terminals accounted for 38 percent of terminal products, a 16 percent increase since the same period last year. In the first three quarters of 2014, shipments of ZTE developed chips exceeded two million units. ZTE smartphone average selling price (ASP) saw an 8 percent year-on-year increase compared with Q3 2013 and global active users reached a total of 68 million. ZTE has secured leading positions in key markets globally. Firstly, this has been led by the American and European markets, which represent key growth engines for ZTE. Secondly, ZTE has expanded rapidly into developed markets worldwide. In the Asia-Pacific market, shipments of smartphones increased by 100% yearon-year and channel revenue also saw year-on-year growth of 130%. Last but not least, in Latin America, sales of ZTE mainstream smart terminals grew by 580% year-onyear; while in the Middle East and Africa, ZTE smart terminals growth has reached 400% in the same period. Global shipments of ZTE smartphones were up by a notable 42 percent year-on-year in the third quarter 2014, according to a recent report from global market research organization, Strategy Analytics. ZTE also saw a 15 percent year-on-year increase in overall global handset shipments, its fastest growth rate in over two years. The report from Strategy Analytics revealed that the US market was a particular hotspot for ZTE, where third quarter shipments increased by 40 percent year-on-year. As one of the fastest growing Chinese brands in the region, ZTE ranks fourth overall in the North American mobile and smartphone market and second overall in the US prepaid market. Strong global growth for ZTE can also be attributed to the performance of its solid flagship device range, with the ZTE STAR series, ZMAX and nubia Z7 representing three of the best performers. The widely acclaimed ZTE STAR series has sold over one million devices globally, and the STAR 1 is one of ZTE’s leading 4G devices. The largescreen phablet ZMAX is expected to sell one million units worldwide. Finally, for ZTE sub-brand nubia, third quarter sales have almost doubled in the Chinese market, and the series has been successively launched in new markets overseas. ZTE Becomes Smartphone Sponsor for Three NBA Teams On October 27, ZTE USA announced it will become the official smartphone sponsor of the New York Knicks, Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors. Following a successful sponsorship season with the Houston Rockets, ZTE is continuing its partnership with the Rockets and teaming up with the Knicks and Warriors for the 2014 - 2015 NBA season. As part of the partnership, ZTE will increase its commitment to local communities by supporting charitable initiatives such as the Rocket’s Season of Giving, the Knick’s Garden of Dreams, and the Warriors Community Phone Drive, where fans are encouraged to bring their old phones to donate to the Warriors’ charity benefiting underserved youth in the San Francisco Bay Area. ZTE Launches STAR 1 in Malaysia On October 23, ZTE unveiled the highly anticipated ZTE STAR 1 smartphone in Malaysia. The launch is in line with ZTE’s goal to provide all Malaysians with quality affordable smartphones, and is ZTE’s first STAR 1 launch out of China. ZTE’s decision to launch the STAR 1 first in Malaysia is due to the nation’s strong economy and development in technology, and represents 4 an influential regional hub geographically and culturally. The STAR 1, ZTE’s latest hero smartphone will come equipped with excellent user-experience features, such as 4cm macro shooting capability, Clarity+ imaging technology and a dual-color temperature flash, great for photography. Also launched during the event was ZTE’s Blade Vec Pro, Blade V5, Blade L2 and Blade G Lux. INFORMATION ROUNDUP ZTE’s Smart Projector Named 2015 CES Innovation Award Honoree ZTE Launches Innovative Payment Solutions ZTE launched a range of innovative payment solutions including phone point of sale (POS), photonic and Digital TV (DTV) payment products at the GITEX exhibition held during October 12-16 in Dubai. With an NFC capable smartphone, users can install the phone POS app to enable the smartphone function as a POS payment device. Businesses and individuals can then more easily manage a vast range of transactions. ZTE’s photonic payment solution can be downloaded as an app which is then linked to the user’s bank account. Shoppers can complete payments with the click of a button as the app uses the smartphone’s flash light to communicate with the seller’s photonic receiving device to complete the payment in a way that is more secure than, for example, contactless card transactions. ZTE’s Digital TV solution enables viewers to purchase products with the click of a button using a smartphone. The system enables a wide range of payment opportunities including paying public utility bills and topping up smartphone accounts. On November 11, ZTE USA, the fourth largest smartphone manufacturer in the US, announced its mobile smart projector was named a 2015 CES Innovation Awards Honoree in the portable media players and accessories category. Products are chosen by a panel of independent industrial designers, engineers and members of the trade media for outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products. The smart projector has an excellent short throw ratio and the ability to stream 1080p content via Google Play apps, other mobile devices and a micro SD card. As a mobile hotspot it supports up to eight mobile devices via Wi-Fi or over a network connection. A 5,000 mAh lithium ion battery can be used as a power bank to charge other devices. Sales of ZTE Blade Series Devices Exceed 20 Million Units Blade Vec 4G Sales of ZTE Blade series devices have exceeded 20 million units worldwide since the first device in the series was launched in September 2010. This is the first time that a smartphone series by a Chinese vendor has reached the 20 million mark. The Blade series of smartphones are feature rich and are available at affordable prices. These phones are sold in 60 markets globally. The Blade series began with the ZTE Blade V880. The Blade V880 has sold almost 13 million worldwide. Other smartphones in the Blade series have achieved similar successes with over 8.6 million units sold to date worldwide. Building on a strong foundation of popular 3G devices, such as the Blade L2 and Blade III, the series recently entered the 4G realm with the Blade Vec 4G. Within the next few years, ZTE aims to reach a target of over 100 million Blade series device users worldwide. The ZTE Blade series has already gained a strong foothold in Europe, Southeast Asia and Latin America. ZTE Eyes More Market Share in Mideast ZTE launched its three new smartphone devices at this year’s GITEX Shopper held during September 27-October 4 and has announced a strategic partnership with Global Distribution FZE, a leading distributor of IT and Mobility products. Global Distribution FZE will be the exclusive distributor of ZTE smartphone products in the UAE. Aiming to take on a bigger market share in the Middle East smartphone market, ZTE is showcasing its flagship products – Grand SII LTE, nubia Z5S Mini and Blade Vec 4G – to the region for the first time. ZTE is deemed a ‘game changer’ in the region’s smartphone segment, and the launch of these products is part of the global telecommunications company’s strategic efforts to strengthen its market presence in the Middle East. 5 SHOWCASE 6 Enjoying LTE at an Affordable Price Take Wi-Fi with You Going Big ZTE Blade A430 ZTE MF970 ZTE Blade L3 Young people require smartphones to be reasonably priced and provide fast internet access. ZTE Blade A430, targeted at young users, is compact and has a flat UI design. It sports a distinguishing blue circle to indicate the home button. The back and menu keys are small blue dots and can be set according to user habits. It has a quadcore MT6732M processor, 1 GB RAM, and 8 GB ROM. This 4G LTE Cat4 smartphone supports data rates of up to 150 Mbps. The 8-megapixel autofocus camera has interesting shooting modes. Most smartphones can turn 3G/4G networks into Wi-Fi hotspots. However, this is not always a wise choice because network connections may be interrupted by unexpected incoming calls, and smartphone batteries do not last a long time. ZTE MF970 is designed to convert an LTE signal into a Wi-Fi signal. It supports a maximum downlink rate of up to 300 Mbps. The 1.44inch screen displays network status clearly. The device supports 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi standards, 2 × 2 MIMO, and dual band 2.4 GHz/5 GHz frequencies. 5 inches is the most popular screen size, and most flagship models of major cell phone manufacturers use this sized screen. ZTE Blade L3 boasts a 5-inch screen smartphone. It is powered by a 1.3 GHz quad-core MT6582M processor and has 1 GB RAM. This processor provides an outstanding entertainment experience, which also takes into full play the phone’s large screen advantage. The phone will run on Android 5.0 Lollipop. In addition, it is available in several colors, including unique pearlescent colors. · Camera: 8-megapixel (rear); 5-megapixel (front) · Display: 4.5-inch FWVGA · CPU: Quad-core MT6732M · Memory: 1 GB RAM +8 GB ROM · Battery: 2200 mAh · Network: LTE-FDD: B1/2/3/7/8/20/28/ 12&17, LTE-TDD: B38 (40); UMTS: B1/2/ 5/8; GSM: Quad-band · Wi-Fi Output: 802.11 b/g/n/ac, 2 x 2 MIMO, and 2.4 GHz/5.8 GHz dual band · Camera: 8-megapixel (rear); 2-megapixel (front) · Display: 5-inch · CPU: Quad-core MT6582M · Memory: 1 GB RAM+ 8 GB ROM SHOWCASE A Smart Hotspot A Shining Star 4G for All ZTE MF923 ZTE STAR 1 ZTE MF975 With a 2.4-inch display, ZTE MF923 mobile hotspot looks like a feature phone. The display clearly shows the network status, battery capacity, Wi-Fi SSID and password. You can put an SDHC card of up to 32 GB into the phone to create shared storage space. The built-in 2800 mAh battery allows Wi-Fi signals to be shared between 10 devices for up to ten hours. In addition, the WPS shortcut button can replace the Wi-Fi password. If a device needs to connect to the hotspot, it is very convenient to enable password-free access by pressing the WPS button. Meticulous attention has been paid to every detail of ZTE STAR 1’s design. You can feel its slimness and texture. A body of 6.58 mm and the ultra-narrow bezel of 1.18 mm indicate its superb craftsmanship, and the arced frame helps it sit comfortably in your hand. The 8-megapixel camera features ZTE’s Clarity+ color filter technology and an independent image-processing chip. It is good for low-light shooting, and its professional mode provides various shooting options. The 5-inch OGS screen with a high resolution of 443 PPI provides sharp images and rich colors. A few people may get together in a cafe or somewhere else for work or entertainment, but the Wi-Fi networks in these places are often congested or even unavailable. In this case, it is a good idea to convert 4G networks into Wi-Fi hotspots. ZTE MF975 can convert a 4G network into a Wi-Fi hotspot. The 2.4-inch screen allows a user to set the Wi-Fi hotspot name and password easily. It has a large capacity 2700 mAh battery to last over 8 hours of continuous use. It supports 801.11 ac, 5 GHz frequency band, and 2 × 2 MIMO for smooth wireless connectivity. · Network: LTE: Band17/4/5/2/29; UMTS: 850/1900/2100 MHz · Wi-Fi Output: 802.11 b/g/n · Camera: 8-megapixel (rear); 5-megapixel (front) · Display: 5-inch full HD · CPU: Quad-core MSM8928 · Memory: 2 GB RAM +16 GB ROM · Speed: LTE FDD: DL/UL 300/50 Mbps (CAT6); LTE TDD: DL/UL 220/11 Mbps (CAT6) · Wi-Fi Output: 802.11 b/g/n/ac, 2 x 2 MIMO, and dual bands (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) 7 HANDS-ON Blade V2 It Feels Good Smartphones are becoming increasingly homogenized, and handset makers have to do something new and different to win over customers. In 2014, smartphones keep on evolving in appearance and touch experience. Blade V2 impresses users with an attractive exterior and unforgettable touch experience, making it a product you would not part with. 1. As smooth as baby’s skin Most smartphones feel smooth because they are made of smooth materials such as plastics and metals, but they can also be cold and lifeless. The situation is totally different when it comes to Blade V2. The surface feels elastic but is slightly damped. With no significant friction, it is just like human skin. Impress Users at the First Touch There are many ways to improve the touch experience of a smartphone, for example, using the previously popular aluminum anodized process or polycarbonate. Blade V2 uses a material that offers better experience—baby-skin rubber paint. This paint is extracted from cashew nuts and when applied has a soft and pleasant feel. 2. Easy one-hand operation Blade V2 has a 5-inch screen and a unique cross wrap form with slightly rounded edges. It is also coated with baby-skin paint and has an 8.5 mm body to ensure a comfortable grip. The phone uses a thinner bezel, so that the thumb can cover more than 80% of the screen. 3 4 3. Powerful camera The 5-megapixel BSI front camera has 88° wide viewing angle, making the phone particularly suitable for selfies. Its 13 MP rear camera incorporates a Blue Glass infrared sensor to enhance the clarity of photo. You can take photos with more accurate colors and details, even in low light. In addition, it has smile detection and shutter that allows you to take pictures by just saying “cheese!” 1 It is lig ht a nd th Excellent Good Average 1 min 8 in . Th co e m so fo ft rta an bl d s e m gr o ip ot . h re Th ar bu e c co tto irc ve ns ula rg lig r h ive ht o sa up me on ke It y c e on is c th flan e on e ke ha v sc d nd en re by en t . ien tt is wo o lit us . e i t It w ith hi ha gh s a on lig lo ly ht w ed -k sid ey e col bu or tto sc Th ns he . me re e ar sta w ca in ith m les er s a i st s e ee ye l rin -c g at a ch ro in un Th g. d ca e d th n p is e p ut la th y h e b as rig hig ht h ne br ss igh at tn ab es Th ou s a an e t h nd gle fro alf yo n . u en t c su am re e s g ra re wi at th se its lfi 8 Th es 8° . w to e uc sid id e h e ex bu pe tt rie on nc s g e. ive an aw es om e Blade V2 24-Hour Experience Test 2 mins 3 mins 6 mins 50 mins 60 mins 2 hrs 3 hrs 5 hrs HANDS-ON Specifications OS: Android 4.4 Screen: 5.0-inch (1280 × 720 pixels) Processor: MSM8916 1.2 GHz quad-core processor Built-in storage: 1 GB RAM + 8 GB ROM Camera: 13-megapixel (rear) and 5-megapixel (front) Network: GSM: 900/1800/1900 MHz; WCDMA: 900/2100 MHz; LTE CAT4: 800/900/1800/2600 Battery: 2400 mAh Dimensions: 143 x 70.7 x 8.5 mm 2 Unique experience Does the baby-skin rear get dirty easily? Smartphones with a glass rear cover can easily get covered with fingerprints. However, the baby skin rubber paint protects Blade V2 against fingerprints, oil and grease, making the phone always appear clean. Amazing shooting capabilities 5 5 hrs 30 mins 7 hrs 10 mins Unique side buttons The on-off switch and volume rocker on the side are also impressive. The side buttons have been carefully crafted with gleaming CD texture. The proper distance between keystrokes and the clear and crisp clicks provide a much better user experience than plastic ones. 13 hrs . an d go o so re all yf ee ls It ne ed s re ch a rg ea tt d he in en d m yh of ei th gh t ed ay . 5. Mainstream configurations Although Blade V2 does not have high-end hardware comparable to flagship products, it guarantees smooth operation and good user experience. The phone uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core 1.2 GHz processor, and you can enjoy the most frequently used apps and audiovisual entertainment fluidly. ly 11 hrs 20 mins It It se do co wn nd lo s w ad ith s a 4G son LT g in E. o n T an he d rea fe r at ca ur m es er sm a a ile llo de ws te fas cti t Ap on foc ps . us ru in nv g er yf as t. 4. High-speed 4G network 4G LTE smartphones have become mainstream in the second half of 2014. Blade V2 is dependable in terms of LTE connectivity. It supports the LTE Cat 4 network with downlink speeds of up to 150 Mbps. This means that users can surf the internet smoothly. With Blade V2, you can cache a 1 GB HD movie in less than one minute, which is faster than many Wi-Fi networks. The 13-megapixel camera of Blade V2 performs quite well in image processing, color rendition and white balance adjustment during the day. Although autofocus slows down a bit at night, the camera controls noise and image quality very well with no significant decrease in shutter speed. This means that it also works perfectly at night time. 24 hrs Mobile World Says: Blade V2 has outstanding design and extraordinary touch for a comfortable user experience. Its proper hardware also enables fluid operation of apps. 9 HANDS-ON ZMAX Bigger and Faster 2 Smartphones with large screens and LTE support appeal to customers. Smartphones are becoming a must-have, so people need larger screens to view content, and they need 4G for faster internet access. ZMAX is designed to meet these expectations. 1. Special design ZMAX looks square when viewed from the front but looks curved when viewed from the side. This special design balances visual effects and grip. ZMAX demonstrates a modest style with semi-matte black finish around the back. It also has glossy plastic material on the top and bottom to provide different visual effects. Bigger, Faster and More Durable Officially launched in New York in September 2014, ZMAX is exclusively distributed by T-Mobile. It is equipped with a 5.7inch screen, 0.2 inch bigger than iPhone 6 Plus. ZMAX features square corners and rounded back, and the big screen blends seamlessly into the handset’s one-piece body. ZMAX supports 4G LTE to allow users to surf the web at a high speed. ZMAX also has an impressive IPX2 waterproof rating. 2. 5.7-inch HD screen The 5.7-inch screen is bigger than that of iPhone 6 Plus and is more than sufficient for playing videos. The 720p HD screen displays text meticulously. It also allows for wide viewing angles and good color reproduction. ZMAX is a powerful tool for audio-visual entertainment and image processing. re m ov ab T le a v her ba ol e’s tte um o ry e n-o pa ro ff ck ck sw . er it c o h n Th o t he n t de e sig rec le he ft. ri n. eiv gh er ta us nd es th e m et Th al e m sto es h ck An dr oi d UI lo It ok sc th ha at s a on of 5 cis . iP 7e. ho in ne ch 6 scr Pl ee us n . ,b ig W ge wa atc rt ha tch hin n ing g m wi ov th ies a t is ab lik let e w . h en Y yo sm ou w ua al ill re le n rs e cr ver ee w ne an d t ph to on co es m Fis . eb ph h ac L on o kt r e. d o ru ns sm oo th ly on th e . ok lo lic et al m sa n- ha 2 mins It ha sa no e on ph e 1 min Th 10 5 4 ZMAX 24-Hour Experience Test Excellent Good Average 1 3 mins 6 mins 50 mins 60 mins 2 hrs 3 hrs 5 hrs HANDS-ON 3. IPX2 waterproof ZMAX is ZTE’s first large-screen smartphone that complies with the IPX2 waterproof standard. This means you can use it with wet hands without worrying about the touchscreen being damaged. The phone is not designed to work underwater; however, it is splash resistant. 4. Great battery life Battery life is key to a large-screen smartphone. ZMAX carries a 3400 mAh battery, almost the maximum battery capacity that is currently available on smartphones. The phone meets the needs of even the most demanding users for a whole day. 5. 8-megapixel camera ZMAX uses an 8-megapixel rearfacing camera, which is the best compromise between pixel count and image quality. ZMAX inherits the strength of an 8-megapixel camera — better shots in low-light conditions and excellent noise reduction performance. ZMAX can provide you with impressive images of medium-to-high-level quality even at night. Specifications OS: Android 4.4 Screen: 5.7-inch HD (1280 × 720 pixels) Processor: Qualcomm MSM8926 quad-core 1.2 GHz Built-in storage: 2 GB RAM + 16 GB ROM Camera: 8-megapixel (rear) and 1.6-megapixel (front) Network: GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz; UMTS: 850/1900/AWS/2100 MHz; LTE CAT4: B2/B4/B12/B7/B17; HSPA + 21 Mbps Battery: 3400 mAh Dimensions: 161 x 82 x 9 mm Unique experience Gaming performance ZMAX uses the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor. This advanced processor enables the phone to run most of the frequently used apps and games without any jittering or overheating. Shooting in daylight The sample shot of the flower is taken in the daily light. It can be seen that ZMAX accurately reproduces color and doesn’t lose details in the dark areas. It is quite challenging for a smartphone camera to achieve the perfect skin tones or accurate flower colors. If the correct white balance cannot be achieved, the color will shift in undesired direction. ZMAX’s performance in this respect is satisfactory. 3 Shooting at night It op he er ats ati u on p o . nl ya bi ta fte r lo Yo ng uc -ti an m e ha ve fas tw eb br ow sin go It n4 ta ke G LT sg E. re at pi ct ur es at ni gh 48 t. % po we ri ss til l le ft. At no th tu ee se nd d o up f t . he da y, th ep ow er is sti l l Its powerful low-light shooting also impresses users. The sample photo was shot at night. We can see excellent noise control performance at a high ISO. The noise reduction software does a good job of cleaning up the noise without sacrificing image details. 5 hrs 30 mins 7 hrs 10 mins 11 hrs 20 mins 13 hrs 24 hrs Mobile World Says: ZMAX is a great phablet in terms of overall performance. The spacious 5.7-inch screen gives a stunning visual impact. It is outstanding in terms of design, battery life and shooting capabilities. 11 FOCUS del: t Mo ndse Ha A New Interpretation The big-screen smartphone ZTE ZMAX has square corners, rounded back and semimatte black finish to improve touch experience and create great visual effects. It redefines phablets with its distinctive design, superb craftsmanship and materials, premium hardware features, and affordable price. 12 MAX ZTE Z FOCUS Trends to Expect in Smart Terminals By Tao Mengrou Smartphones have improved greatly. They have replaced feature phones and are now an electronic companion that many cannot live without. What products will rise and reign? Let’s now look at what trends will grow more apparent on smart terminals. NFC LOOKS PROMISING Near Field Communication (NFC), a set of short-range high-frequency wireless technologies, evolved from contactless identification and interconnection technologies. Proximity reader, contactless card and point-to-point functionality are combined on a single chip. This chip can communicate with compatible devices by the identification and data exchange at a short distance. At present, this technology is widely used in Japan and South Korea. Mobile users have diverse functions with an NFC-enabled handset. These functions include boarding passes, access control, transport cards, credit cards and payment cards. As a technology with great possibilities, NFC has been widely used in handsets, digital cameras, desktop computers, printers, and appliances in recent years. A lack of huge investment and industry cooperation has prevented NFC from hitting the mass market. However, this technology is making great progress. There are increasing demands for interconnections between devices, information identification, file transfer and mobile payments. NFC on mobile devices will become the next big thing. NFC is now supported by all the world’s major phone makers. NFC was not available on phones several years ago, but it is now included in newly released smartphones. Global shipments of NFC handsets will increase by 400% from 2013 to 2018, reaching 1.2 billion units, according to HIS Technology. The recently launched iPhone 6 includes support for NFC. According to a report by Juniper Research, the promise of an Apple digital wallet will drive contactless payments. Two of ZTE’s latest high-end smartphones nubia Z7 and Z7 Max allow users to download UnionPay cards and make NFC payments and remote payments. Visa has teamed up with telecom operators such as Vodafone, Orange and Telecom Italia on NFC payments. MasterCard Worldwide is also dedicated to pushing forward contactless payment and has partnered with Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica and Vodafone. Improvements have also been made in mobile payment security. The latest security technology is host card emulation (HCE), which was released in late 2013 by Google for Android. HCE allows NFC applications on Android devices to emulate smart cards and financial institutions to host payment accounts in a virtual cloud, making mobile payments more convenient. NFC has already taken off in a number of markets worldwide. In Australia, Singapore, the US, Brazil and some Western European countries, a large number of physical stores have already adopted NFC payment. It is expected there will be a great increase in the total spending done with NFC mobile payments in the near future. We can look forward to a day in the near future when NFC functions become widespread, which could even include intelligent home appliance interconnection management. 13 FOCUS THE RISE OF BIOMETRICS There are increasing demands for more powerful and intelligent functions, higher levels of security, and tailored services on smartphones. This has become a driving force behind the revolution of many technologies, among which biometrics is gaining traction. Voice Recognition Voice recognition is the process of automatically recognizing who is speaking by using the speaker-specific information included in speech waves. These waves can reflect physical and behavioral characteristics that can be used to verify the identity of a person accessing a system. It is now mostly used for screen unlock and photo shooting on a smartphone. Voiceprint unlock Compared to other screen unlock methods, voiceprint unlock is an interesting and convenient way to unlock a smartphone. It has been added to ZTE Grand S II and ZTE STAR 1. Voiceprint unlock involves two steps. First, you need to set the unlock method to voiceprint and record your voice three to five times to confirm your voiceprint. Upon successful setup, you can wake up the screen by slightly tapping it and say the password. This unlocks the smartphone. Voiceprint is a hands-free way to unlock your phone. It is convenient, accurate and secure, and the unlock process is smooth and rapid. However, it is difficult to use in noisy environments now, may be inconvenient in certain quiet situations, such as a meeting, and it cannot detect dialects and accents well. Voiceprint-activated shooting Using your voiceprint to take pictures is a whole new application. Voice-activated camera has been widely used by Apple, Samsung and ZTE, but there are no handset models with voiceprint-activated camera on the market so far. Voice-activated shooting allows you to take selfies or group photos by saying something like “cheese!” It also avoids vibration because when you press the shutter button to take a photo, the lens shakes a bit. However, this function has some weaknesses that cannot be ignored. The camera easily fails to recognize a shooting command in a noisy place. Worse still, when multiple people are involved and give shooting commands, the camera may take multiple photos continuously. This leads to excessively high memory usage of the smartphone. These problems can be resolved if voiceprint-activated shooting is enabled. Unlike voice, voiceprint is both semantically and acoustically recognizable. Its uniqueness allows a terminal to effectively recognize commands from its owner. At present, voice-control technology is relatively sophisticated. However, problems facing this technology are also very evident, which affects user experience and loyalty. Voiceprint technology will address these major problems in the future. In addition, voiceprints can also be used for file and application encryption/decryption as well as application login. It prevents user passwords from being stolen or cracked, guaranteeing user privacy and information security. There is a promising future of voiceprints in the encryption field, and it is even possible to implement voiceprint-based mobile payment. 14 FOCUS Powerful Performance ZMAX has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.2 GHz quad-core processor with 2 GB RAM and 16 GB ROM, empowering the phone to run apps, games and videos smoothly. The 3400 mAh battery ensures your smartphone never runs out of juice. It also complies with the IPX waterproof specifications, which means there will be no harmful effect when you touch it with your wet hands. 15 FOCUS Impressive Camera ZMAX has a rear-facing 8-megapixel camera. An 8-megapixel camera has a larger sensor than a 13-megapixel camera and achieves a good balance between pixel count and image quality. The camera’s low-light image capture abilities impress users most. You can shoot clear pictures even when on the street at night. The picture will not blur from a slow shutter. The phone performs well in lowlight imaging, noise reduction and detail reproduction. 16 FOCUS Facial Recognition Facial recognition is a biometric technology used to identify individuals according to their facial features. It is currently used in face lock or photo capturing on mobile devices. Face lock, an identity verification method based on facial recognition, is able to lock any app, file or information for privacy and security purposes. The application of this technology in mobile games allows parents to set the time allowed for their kids to play one or several games on smartphones. Once the time expires, children cannot play the games in any way. Parents are also able to use this function for specific kids (face based) or kids in a specific age range (age based) to prevent them becoming addicted to mobile games. Facial recognition is convenient and rapid. However, this technology has its flaws. It may not work if light levels are too low. Another problem is that our faces don’t always look the same. For example, it may have trouble recognizing you, especially if you haven’t trimmed your beard in a while. Face unlock relies on the front camera of a smartphone. An inappropriate camera angle or a faulty front camera leads to unlock failures. Moreover, it takes a long time for the camera to scan a face during setup and unlocking. Samsung Galaxy S has facial recognition in the camera app. After a picture is shot, the system allows a user to associate a picture with contacts. After a contact is tagged for the first time, the system automatically recognizes your friend’s face in other photos based on their facial features, which allows you to easily share photos. There are many more facial recognitionbased applications. You can log in to apps through facial verification. You can compare the faces of you and your social network friends or compare your faces to celebrities. It is quite entertaining. Iris Recognition Iris recognition is an automated method of biometric identification that uses mathematical patternrecognition techniques on video images of the irises of an individual’s eyes, whose complex random patterns are unique and never change. Iris scanning from some distance is also simple and direct and offers better user experience. The major roadblock for iris recognition lies in information acquisition, and the demand on acquisition apparatus is high. The application of this technology in terminals is still in the conceptual age. Industry players are making foray into it. Samsung is now planning to extend the use of biometrics in its mobile phones, with an emphasis on the use of human iris recognition technology. It may bring in the technology to its high-end phones. Google is developing a new concept called Smart Contact Lens. These lenses would turn the iris pattern into password and make identifying an individual easier and faster. The embedded capacitive sensors could ensure that it is indeed an actual eyeball and not a glass replica. The iPhone 6 concept by the design team of SET Solution has an extra security feature in the form of eye scanning. Such technology might be used by Apple as a way to verify user identity. Iris recognition use camera to acquire images of the intricate structures of the iris, and it has been considered as one of the most reliable biometrics technologies in recent years. It is mainly used in encryption and unlocking. Once implemented on terminals, this technology allows a user to have more secure and reliable smartphones that can better protect personal information. Users will no longer worry about the theft of personal information during mobile payment. But this technology needs to better deal with users who wear contact lenses or photochromic glasses. Fingerprint Recognition The pattern of the ridges in the fingerprint of every individual is different from others, which is unique and will last for the entire life of an individual. Therefore, people can be identified through the comparison of their fingerprint with a pre-stored one. Fingerprint recognition refers to the automated method of identifying individuals based on the patterns and minutia features of human fingerprints. Thanks to modern integrated manufacturing technology and research into algorithms, fingerprint recognition technology is making its way into our daily lives and has become the best-developed and most popular biometrical method. The uniqueness of human fingerprints is a convenient way to encrypt and decrypt data and protect information security. At present, bringing fingerprint recognition to mobile terminals faces the problems of reduced recognition caused by water-covered or injured fingers, or dirt on the surface of the fingerprint reader. In the current market, major smartphone makers have competed to launch fingerprint recognition phones. It is inevitable that fingerprint recognition functionality will be integrated into smartphones. The main differences between these products are merely the location of the fingerprint reader (on the home key or the rear cover) and the way to scan fingerprints (by pressing or sliding the finger). This technology is now mainly used in fingerprint lock and entry into specific scene modes or apps. It can also be applied to mobile payment, program login, information encryption and file encryption in the future. 17 FOCUS THE SENSORS ARE COMING Sensors Accelerometer An accelerometer, also called a gravity sensor, is commonly used in smart terminals. It can detect up to 90 degrees tilt, but a three-axis accelerometer can detect a greater tilt of 360 degrees. Accelerometers are mainly used to measure the body movements of a person and they are also used for mobile games, position shift, pedometers and sleep surveillance when combined with other sensors. Light Sensor A light sensor, also called a photodetector, is a sensor capable of detecting how bright or dark the surrounding environment is. Currently, it is mainly used to automatically adjust the brightness of screens. Proximity Sensor A proximity sensor detects the presence of nearby objects. At present, it is used to automatically turn on or turn off the lights on the screen during a call and perform some air gestures. E-Compass An electronic compass uses the Earth’s magnetic field to determine the North Pole with a magnetoresistive sensor. It is not affected by network signals and can cooperate with GPS and digital maps to provide precise positioning and orientation. 2013 was regarded as the “year of the wearable computing” by the industry. Since 2013, Google, Apple and Samsung have launched wearable devices. These smartphone-centric devices are interconnected with smartphones while making them smarter and more powerful. All these can be hardly achieved without sensors like distance sensors, light sensors, accelerometers and electronic compasses, which have already been widely used in high-end smartphones. Temperature Sensor Chemical Sensor A temperature sensor converts temperature into an electrical signal. An infrared temperature sensor can detect the infrared energy radiated from human bodies to measure body temperatures. Future applications of temperature sensors include the measurement of human body temperature, the measurement of air temperature and humidity and weather forecasts when used with humidity sensors. A chemical sensor is an analytical device that can provide information such as the concentration and changes about the toxic gases or chemical composition of the environment. It can be used to monitor toxic and hazardous gases and detect air pollution. Barometric Sensor A barometric pressure sensor may be used to monitor the atmospheric pressure and detect changes in weather and altitude. A GPS-enabled atmospheric pressure sensor can also provide three-dimensional positioning, which allows you to know which floor you are on when you climb upstairs and what the altitude is when you climb a mountain. What Sensors-equipped Smart Terminals can Do When equipped with various sensors, smart terminals will become more powerful and smarter. These sensors can be controlled and managed by a sensor hub to provide their own functions while coordinating with each other at the same time to turn smart terminals into multifunctional devices. In the future, sensorsequipped smart terminals can: 1. Reduce power consumption based on how users use them. 2. Provide navigation and precise positioning. 3. Monitor physical condition of individuals and plan sport activities, for example, recording movements, tracking performance, and providing instructions. 4. Detect altitude to provide three-dimensional navigation and positioning; detect environmental temperature and humidity, and forecast the weather. 5. Monitor environmental quality, detect and measure the change of the chemical composition of the atmosphere to ensure the health of users. 6. Verify personal information and guarantee secure payment. 7. Monitor vital signs such as heart rate and ECG. 8. Detect motions and air gestures. Gyroscope A gyroscope determines orientation based on the principles of angular momentum. It is mainly used in three-dimensional motion-sensing operations and image stabilization during photo shooting and inertial navigation systems. 18 Conclusion As science and technology evolve, smart terminals will be able to do anything that you can imagine. They will surely play an increasingly vital role in our lives, becoming inseparable from us. FOCUS Massive 5.7-inch Display The ZMAX 5.7-inch screen is 0.2 inches bigger than that of iPhone 6 Plus and almost the largest screen for a smartphone to have. The screen delivers stunning visual impact and helps improve efficiency. Sound output is loud and clear thanks to a large resonator and small hole design. This, when complemented by a large screen, provides users with great experience for playing games or watching movies. 19 DESIGN & ART 2014 The Year of User Experience for ZTE ● By Xu Haojuan and Yan Hua In 2014, the smartphone market has seen continuous innovation. This has been accompanied by changing consumer demands. Handset manufacturers are focusing on user experience to differentiate themselves from the competition. User Requirements for a Smartphone Camera The camera is one of the most-used smartphone functions, and manufacturers have concerned themselves with various problems related to shooting. For example, your arm is too short to frame a selfie; face sizes may differ greatly in a group photo due to different distances from the phone; photos of moving children are unclear; and it is troublesome to manually delete unsatisfactory photos taken in burst mode. Smartphone cameras have improved greatly over the years, but camera quality and features still rank highly on a consumer’s list of requirements for a smartphone. Overall Performance Consumers are now using cell phones to watch videos, play games, read news, send and receive e-mails, and do work. They expect smartphones to have a more powerful CPU, improved screen, and greater storage. 4G With the worldwide deployment of 4G networks, consumers are placing more importance on 4G/LTE experience. Meanwhile, manufacturers focus on apps that could fully exploit the speed increases promised by 4G networks. Security The more you rely on a phone, the more you put privacy and security at risk. Smartphone security is now gaining traction, and fingerprint recognition and other security applications have been introduced to smartphones. Convenience Convenience is highly sought after by consumers. Mobile apps, such as voice control and car navigation, offer a convenient hands-free method for interacting with your smartphone and are attracting more consumers. Battery life Battery life is a bottleneck in overall satisfaction and is also a weakness for smartphones. Mobile power banks have become a must. Wireless charging is also catching on with smartphones. ZTE’s Consumer-Centric Strategy In 2014, ZTE renewed its focus on consumer needs. Zeng Xuezhong, the new global head of mobile devices, assumed the role of Chief Experience Officer in a quest to improve user experience across ZTE’s product line. ZTE has changed the previous operator-oriented to the customer-centric R&D model. It has a better structure that makes consumer focus a more organic part of ZTE’s product strategy. It The pink version of ZTE STAR 1 is popular with consumers. It was first launched in China in April 2014 and later arrived in a number of other countries, including Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. 20 DESIGN & ART Diversified Camera Functions The nubia series has highly distinctive camera functions. Its Pro mode brings the core functions of a professional SLR into the phone. The nubia Z7 Max, launched in 2014, has some interesting photo functions such as star cloud, star track and light track. Light track uses the Bulb function to get an exposure long enough to capture movement in low light. MiFavor UI 3.0 Manufacturers hope to create their own unique and distinctive UIs so that users can identify themselves instantly and, more importantly, have a more comfortable experience. ZTE’s MiFavor UI has eliminated the inconveniences that exist in various other UIs. In October 2014, ZTE launched its first ROM, MiFavor 3.0. It is concise, personalized and exquisite, and will greatly enhance user experience. Mobile Security incorporates feedback from consumers into product planning, development, and design. An iterative and incremental approach was followed to the agile development of the user experience. ZTE conducts in-depth studies on consumer behavior of various groups. It divides users into young consumers, sports fans, entertainment enthusiasts, and older consumers. ZTE also creates its own analytical models based on user segmentation. ZTE’s User Experience Achievements Handset manufacturers put a lot of effort into creating better experience. In 2014, ZTE mobile devices have also made significant breakthroughs in user experience design. In the ICT era, there is an integration of cloud, pipe, and devices. In the era of the Internet of Things, connectivity will become ubiquitous. When the virtual world and real life converge, people will attach greater importance to security, privacy, and convenience. For example, as mobile payment becomes more popular, mobile security will become a key feature built into phones. An industrial chain that involves merchants, third-party payment companies, and security software vendors will be formed. ZTE addresses the security issue by proposing a “ten defense” concept, which includes anti-wiretapping, anti-phishing, anti-tracking, anti-theft, hidden cost avoidance, anti-fraud, anti-virus, antiharassment, anti-rogue, and slowdown prevention functions. In addition, ZTE launched the industry-leading secret code feature that uses a combination of software and hardware. This application is ZTE pays great attention to mobile security. Light track taken by nubia Z7 Max used for data encryption and decryption and has more than six patents and advanced encryption algorithms. These security features are already available on ZTE Grand S II, which was sold in China. More innovations with regard to mobile phone security are expected for the future. Voice Control Voice control is another major trend in cell phones. ZTE works diligently to incorporate voice technologies into smartphones. ZTE’s latest voice processing technology is exemplified in STAR 1’s suite of voice control features. These features include voiceprint unlock, noise cancellation with a three-microphone setup, directional recording (picking up sounds from one meter away), and car mode application. ZTE will continue to launch more and better voice functions to take user experience to a new level. 21 DESIGN & ART Android Lollipop: A Whole New Look and Feel Google recently announced Android 5.0 Lollipop, a brand new Android system with a revamped user interface. What surprises does this OS offer? In October, Google unveiled its newest mobile operating system: Android 5.0 Lollipop. Google previewed Lollipop (then known as Android L) back at Google I/O. It has been three years since Android 4.0 was unveiled. Although Android 4.0 has been updated a number of times, few people really know the differences between them. Google needs a revolutionary change like the upgrade from iOS 7 to iOS 8 to show that Android can keep up with trends. Google has not failed. Lollipop has some of the biggest changes since Android was born, and it can be regarded as a completely new Android OS. The three main problems you might encounter when using an Android phone are unfriendly user interface, sluggish performance, and short battery life. Android Lollipop has significant improvements in terms of these three aspects. Android OS: From 4.0 to 5.0 First Impressions of Android Lollipop Compared with iOS 7, Android Lollipop has a flatter look. It features straight lines and right angles. Icons are flattened and animations and shadow effects are excellent. Although Android Lollipop supports 64-bit processors, this does not give it an advantage 22 because 64-bit mobile phones are not common yet. However, Android Runtime (ART) included in the OS improves the system’s performance. ART compiles apps upon installation. This means a slightly longer installation time and slightly larger memory footprint. However, these trade-offs are small when compared with the increase in efficiency. It is expected that Android Lollipop will perform even better as 64-bit mobile phones become prevalent and the system is even further optimized in early 2015. DESIGN & ART As shown in the above pictures, the entertainment system UI is user-friendly. The multi-tasking cards are scrollable. Highlights of the Design ■ New Design Language The design language used by Android Lollipop is referred to as the "material design." Material design is a complete design philosophy for visual, motion, and interaction design across platforms and devices. The new layout is flatter and multilayered. It also has more color, depth, and animation. Geometric shapes and shadows are used to indicate what can be touched. The things you touch are also animated. Google says the material design is more responsive and fluid and the motions are natural. The design also has many new gestures so that a user can access apps or functions with a double tap or slide. This is convenient for users of large-screen mobile phones. ■ ART Runtime ART runtime is a major upgrade at the system core. Android used to be widely blamed for inconsistent performance because apps ran in the Dalvik virtual machine, which made them inefficient. Android Lollipop replaces Dalvik with ART. Unlike Dalvik, which is only a just-in-time compilation, ART can run the app immediately after it is complied and installed. It means significant increase on speed and performance and power reduction at the same time. It’s also more memory-efficient, and crucially for the future, compatible with 64-bit chips. ■ Longer Battery Life Android consumes more power than iOS because of its energy management scheme and optimization level. With Android Lollipop, the battery needs to keep up with the faster performance. The OS features Project Volta, which improves battery life, as well as a battery extender system called Battery Saver, which makes the most out of a dying battery. These two features extend the life of your device by up to 90 minutes. The OS also shows you a time estimate when you’re charging your device, so you can see how much longer it will take to reach full capacity. Additionally, your phone will also let you know approximately how much time you’ve got before your phone dies. ■ Enhanced Notifications Notifications in Android Lollipop have been greatly improved. Notifications are embedded in the lock screen, so you can swipe down a list to see all your recent messages and quickly respond to or delete them. Additionally, notifications will show up as a pop-up tile while you’re in another app. Android Lollipop also lets you decide which notifications you want to see on your lock screen, so if you have sensitive information or don’t want others to see your texts, you’ll be able to hide sensitive content. The new OS features Priority mode, which you can enable with your phone’s volume button. Once you’ve turned it on, only select contacts will be able to reach you. Four major advantages of Android Lollipop ensure a refreshed user experience. More beautiful, more user-friendly, more efficient, and more power-saving 23 DESIGN & ART ZTE STAR 1, also known as the most “obedient” phone ZTE’s Unprecedented ZTE's voice service experience zone at PT/Expo Comm China 2014 Smart Voice Services ● By Zeng Yiting At the PT/Expo Comm China 2014 held from September 23 to 27 in Beijing, ZTE unveiled the industry’s first system-level voice service. It is integrated into ZTE STAR 1, which is known as the most “obedient” phone. ZTE has broken the technical barriers to make the voice service a part of the entire smartphone system instead of a separate app. Anytime, Anywhere The most challenging thing about the integration of smartphones and voice services is how to initiate the service. All existing voice apps on the market must be started first before the services can be used and they stop functioning after the user has exited them. This hinders a user from using the voice service smoothly. However, if the voice app runs in the background waiting for commands from the user, power consumption increases, and this drains the battery. What’s worse, the voice app is automatically disabled when the screen is locked. By cooperating with chip manufacturers, ZTE has developed the industry’s first hardware-based system-level voice app that can wake the phone up in an energyefficient way. You can initiate the voice service simply by gently saying “Hello ZTE.” The voice service activates regardless of which interface you are using or whether your screen is locked. 24 In 2011, Apple launched voice controlled assistant Siri alongside the iPhone 4S. Siri has had a big impact. For the first time ever, people are starting to see smartphones as an intelligent personal assistant rather than just a lifeless machine. In no time, companies have rolled out competing products. However, these voice apps are so similar that they are easily put behind. Like two crossed lines, smartphones and voice apps came together, and then went their separate ways. Only at Your Commands The voiceprint of every individual is unique. The voice app of ZTE has voiceprint recognition technology so that it can automatically recognize who is speaking. It responds only to the voice of its owner. Codes to Protect Your Privacy You may feel awkward when you are using the voice services in the public. ZTE STAR 1 provides an interesting codeword function that allows you to define the actions corresponding to your voice command. For example, you can set “Alibaba” as the code to call your father; when you say “Alibaba,” your phone will automatically call your father. Motion Activated Voice Dialing Hands-free Navigation Searching from a long contact list can be troublesome. ZTE STAR 1 provides a user with a motion sensing voice dialing function, which allows you to make a call simply by taking out your phone, unlocking it, putting it to your ear, and saying the number or name. It is very convenient. It is dangerous to use your phone while driving. With ZTE’s smart voice services, you only need to say your destination and your phone will automatically find it and give you directions. To minimize distractions when you are driving, you can ask the phone to answer calls, read your short messages, place calls, and play music. DESIGN & ART The Art of Interaction in Monument Valley Optical Illusions The most important element in this game is optical illusions. The game puts you in control of a character named Ida, who you move through various temples and castles, each with its own uniquely impossible design. Viewed from a fixed isometric perspective, the buildings conceal all sorts of perspective trickery. You need to rearrange planes, twist levers and rotate buildings to find a path. ● By Liang Zhen Monument Valley is a puzzle game based on optical illusion and impossible objects. It is a work of art, with its intelligent design, beautiful soundtrack and attractive storyline. The game has great interaction designs. Tips Monument Valley was inspired by the impossible illustrations of M.C. Escher. Ascending and descending is one of the works of Escher. It depicts a large building roofed by a never-ending staircase. Two lines of identically dressed men appear on the staircase, with one line ascending while the other descending. However, both lines of people return to the original places without changing the vertical direction. Simple Operation The game is easy to start as it provides a simple scene at the beginning for you to get familiar with. When you solve part of the puzzle, a light is lit, and when you finish a path, the door you have just come through closes to avoid unnecessary backtracking. There are only one or two dynamic elements to direct users to the next step. User interfaces sometimes are designed with too many entrances and functions, which may confuse users. They need to be made simple and concise. Frustration Free The player-character Ida does not start over again if you fail. You simply need to keep trying until you find the right path. Also when an intended step does not succeed, the game would not give an error prompt as other games would do. Instead, Ida walks to the closest point to the one you meant for her to go so that you will not get frustrated. Helping users complete their desired operations can improve user experience. For example, in earlier versions of Android, if you move an icon on the home screen to a new location already occupied by another icon, an error prompt will appear. However, in later versions, the existing icon moves automatically. An Enjoyable Journey Monument Valley presents unimaginable scenes at each level. Level 8 is a typical example: The scenes are hidden in a box, and different sections appear when the player opens the box from different angles and in different ways. Also, the camera button automatically appears when you finish a level, which allows you to take screenshots and share your achievements. Ascending and descending 25 MOBILE APP Smartphone screens are getting bigger; cloud services are becoming more popular; and network speeds are getting faster. All these mean that smartphones are more capable of satisfying your work needs. Most tasks that used to be completed only on a PC can now be accomplished on a smartphone. You can now go on a business trip without your PC. How to Work on the Go like a Professional Key Tools for a Mobile Office Microsoft Office Mobile This is the official Office companion optimized for Android phones. You can access, view and edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files from virtually anywhere. MS Office Mobile is cloud-connected, which means you can also access Office documents stored on OneDrive and a document will automatically resume at the place where you left off reading, even if you last reviewed the document on your PC or a different device. 26 Microsoft OneNote This is the perfect choice for free-form information gathering and multi-user collaboration. OneNote helps you organize or record important notes (handwritten or typed), drawings, screen clippings and audio. It records information through manual input, voice recording, or photographing and synchronizes the recorded contents across devices. These contents can be accessed anytime, anywhere and can also be shared with other OneNote users. Mindjet Maps You may be inspired when you are wandering in the park—this is when you need Mindjet. Its information mapping uses visual framework to let you capture ideas, organize information, and add hyperlinks, attachments, notes and images to provide context, all within a single shared view. By creating these interactive maps, you can quickly gain clarity on problems and opportunities. Mindjet Maps synchronizes updates in both cell phones and PCs. MOBILE APP Read and Scan as You Need CamCard DocScanner CamCard enables you to scan, manage, sync, and exchange business cards. You can exchange electronic business cards securely when meeting new people. This app syncs all your cards across smartphones, tablets, computers and the web app. It allows you to better demonstrate yourself, your products and company by adding images, text and videos to your profile. It also keeps you posted with the latest updates of your business contacts. With DocScanner, you can turn any document into a PDF simply by snapping a photo. It has a clean interface and produces high-quality images. It avoids after-scanning document adjustment and has batch scan and auto-sort function, which helps you to be more productive. With optical character recognition (OCR), DoScanner converts documents into plain text. Once the OCR has extracted the text, it is pasted onto the PDF as metadata. This way you can make your documents searchable on any laptop or PC. Efficient Task Management Any.do Task & To-Do List Any.do helps you remember everything you need and ensures it gets done. It supports voice-to-text input and automatically converts your words into text in almost any language. You can also drag and drop to plan your agenda, swipe off a task to mark it as completed and shake your phone to clear your completed tasks. With Any.do, you can not only seamlessly synchronize data across devices, but also share the to-do list with your friends for collaboration. Mailbox Sol Calendar Teambition Google Cloud Print Mailbox is an app that redesigns your inbox to make email light, fast and mobile-friendly. The ability to "snooze" an email, which is to defer it to another time, is one of the main features of the app. The other strong point is its use of gestural swipes for quickly archiving, deleting and filing messages or adding them to lists, such as “read", or “buy". Mailbox learns from your swipes and snoozes to automate common actions with Autoswipe. Sol calendar is a powerful calendar app that goes beyond the functionality of your standard device calendar. Its outstanding feature is widget integration: you can have 40 widget options for your home screen. It also provides real-time weather reporting and weather forecasting. The locations you added for a certain event can be displayed simultaneously on Google Maps. You can also add stickers to events for a more picturesque representation of an appointment. It works with Google Calendar. Transcending Space TeamViewer If the software you need can only be used on PCs and you are not in the office, TeamViewer is the app you need to control your office PC from your mobile device. It allows you to access Windows, Mac, and Linux systems quickly and safely. The app enables you to control remote computers as well as transferring files to and from remote computers. It started as an application for desktop and is available for mobile platforms as well. Teambition is an easy-to-use, efficient project collaboration tool. Teambition provides each project three cooperating apps: Wall, Board and Library. Wall allows every project member to know what is happening in real time. Board is the place where members collaborate on all tasks in a project. Library stores all files of a project safely in the cloud for members to view and discuss at any time. Google Cloud Print allows you to print over the web from anywhere, including your phone, to any printer. You can also save your document as a PDF in Google Drive. After installation, you can use Google Cloud Print to print a document from other apps: tap the share button and share the document to the Cloud Print app. You’ll then be able to print. You can also share your printer with anyone. 27 SMART GADGETS Android Auto: The Beginning of a Smart Car Era Android Enters Cars What is Android Auto? Android Auto is a voice-enabled in-car system launched at the Google I/O Conference for Developers in June 2014. It has powerful voice recognition that satisfies a driver’s communication, navigation, and entertainment needs on the road. The drivers can simply talk to their cars. What does a Smart Car Look Like? In the past, a car had a sophisticated center console with various buttons. In a smart car, buttons are replaced by a touch screen and emphasis is put on voice control. This means the driver is less distracted. With powerful networking and cloud services, a smart car can follow your instructions to make phone calls, send text messages, play music, and help you bypass heavy traffic. The most attractive part of a smart car is that all functions are enabled by apps on your smartphone. As long as you keep your apps and phone up to date, your car will become smarter and smarter. phone to the car and the car’s center display becomes a largescreen interface for the phone. Before using your car, use your smartphone apps to prepare everything you need for the road; then you can have a smart, safe journey. How does a Smart Car Work? A smart car relies on an Android phone. Connect an Android A presenter demonstrates Android Auto on stage at the Google I/O. You can control the car through a smartphone. Seamless Integration Smartphone Makes a Smart Car Audi A3 was one of the smart car models demonstrated at Google I/O. It has a large screen on the car’s dashboard and can be controlled by voice commands. Audi is among the first to commit to Android Auto. 28 A smart car does not require its own processor, operating system, or network connectivity. All your car needs is a good user interface, and all the work can be left to an Android phone. As long as both your car and phone support Android Auto, all the contents of the phone can be projected onto the touch-screen in the car. The driver only has to plug in the smartphone, start the car, and tell the car what to do. SMART GADGETS The Future Awaits Growing Maturity of the Smart Car Industry If you are stuck in a traffic jam, you could yell to your car and it will find the optimal way out. If not, it can find entertainment for you. You can keep hands on the wheel and give voice commands. Voice-Enabled A Car that Understands You When driving, any additional operation that involves hands is dangerous; this is why Android Auto is entirely voice-enabled. Thanks to Google’s strength in voice recognition, search and cloud services, the voice recognition is very accurate and the level of intelligence is high. Rather than speaking an exact destination, you could simply ask “Are there any interesting places in this area?” Android Auto will search and make recommendations. You can ask Android Auto to play music. Smart Entertainment A Car has All the Functions of a Smartphone People commonly listen to music while driving, so Android Auto’s primary entertainment function is music player. Google's default player, Google Music, has been adapted with special on-screen controls that make it easier to skip tracks, access playlists, and give music a quick thumbs-up or thumbsdown. The software supports other popular music apps, such as Spotify and Pandora, and can also play whatever you have stored in your media library. You can ask it to navigate to certain places. Smart Navigation Supported by Cloud Services and Google Maps Navigation is the most important function for a smart car and an essential foundation for automatic driving in the future. Google Maps is the best mapping service so far. It is free and offers real-time traffic analysis and guidance. There is a completely voice-enabled version of Google Maps for Android Auto. You might say “Oops, wrong way,” and the system will answer “Don’t worry, I’ll find the right way.” Major car manufacturers such as Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan and Volkswagen have signed on to support Android Auto. With this support, smart cars will become more popular in 2015. Just like Android, Google Smart Car will be a unified standard. The efforts of third-party developers are also needed to produce more compatible apps. Suppose you yell to the car: “We are stuck,” and the car answers “There is a serious accident three kilometers ahead. You may have to wait another hour. Do you want to play some music?” Competition Between Two Camps Apple’s CarPlay system was released before Google Auto and is supported by some auto makers. Both systems work almost the same; that is, they project your smartphone experience onto an incar display. In the future, Google and Apple will compete for the support of car manufacturers. Services for smart cars and the ecology of apps are also crucial. These have been Apple’s strengths, but Google has the real opportunity to take over. 29 SMART GADGETS Toys that Go with Smartphones Toys used to be controlled by a motherboard, and they could follow simple commands. Nowadays, a smartphone can be used as the brains of a toy. You can perform multitouch operations on a smartphone and stream live videos from a toy to a smartphone. You can upgrade the “brains” of these toys by simply downloading the latest instructions or even create your own games by programming. You can also interact with fans around the world and share your creations with them. In the Air and on the Ground Rolling Spider Remote Control Aircraft Rolling Spider is an ultra-compact drone with amazing stability and speed. It has an ultrasonic sensor, tri-axial gyroscope and tri-axial accelerometer for stable flight. The FreeFlight 3 app enables your smartphone to control the Rolling Spider so that it can turn 90° and 180° and perform acrobatic 360° forward and backward flips. With removable wheels, Rolling Spider can roll anywhere, even across the ceiling. The coolest part is that it can take aerial photos with the embedded vertical mini-camera. Jumping Sumo Robot Chariot Jumping Sumo is a two-wheeled robot. Like the Segway electric scooter, it features autobalancing. This smartphone controlled drone rolls, rushes, zig-zags, circles, takes turns at 90°, and can even bounce up 80 cm into the air and land on its shock-absorbing wheels. It has a spring-loaded tail that allows it to push away any obstacles in its path. Jumping Sumo has a wide viewing angle camera mounted in its nose that streams live video to the smartphone or stores the video in a USB disk. Both the Rolling Spider in the upper left and the Jumping Sumo in the lower right can generate their own Wi-Fi 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz network to which you connect your smartphone. Robot Revolution LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Combining the versatility of the LEGO bricks with the most advanced technology, LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 enables you to command robots to walk, talk, and think via your smartphone. You can follow the 3D building instructions and create five different robots. Want to share your own creations and be inspired by others? Use your smartphone to logon to LEGO.com/mindstorms to access loads of cool content and interact with a huge online community of other LEGO MINDSTORMS fans. 30 SMART GADGETS THE INCREDIBLE CYLINDER Orbotix Ollie Orbotix Ollie is the newer trick-focused version of the company’s first robotic toy: Sphero. Ollie is agile and performs much better than Sphero thanks to its cylindrical design, which enables a player to control the app-powered tricks better like flips or spins on one wheel. When looking at Ollie, you immediately notice all the LEDs in the center. They blink and shine and flash as you wake up Ollie and perform tricks. The LED lights go blue when it spins and red when it brakes. Ollie is customizable, letting you buy different sets of tires and hubcaps for various types of driving. You can even 3D print your own customized hubcaps. Ollie uses Bluetooth to connect to smartphones. You can charge Ollie via the included micro USB cord. In addition to the execute app released by Orbotix, three third-party apps are also available to enhance the play experience. Balancing Robot An Intelligent Companion TOYS SUITABLE FOR TABLETS Crayola Virtual Design Pro Crayola Virtual Design Pro Fashion Collection comes with dozens of colored pencils, a 20-page fashion design book and an app. To get started, use the colored pencils to customize the fashion templates in the accompanying book with your own patterns, colors, style lines, and compositions. When a design is finished, it's ready to come to life in the virtual world. Use a compatible device to quickly scan the design into the My Virtual Fashion Show app. The design then appears on a virtual model. Customize your model's look and add accessories, then watch as the model walks down a virtual runway. You can even take a photo of the model and put it on a magazine cover. In addition to the fashion collection, a car collection is also available. Modular Robotics Ozobot WowWee MiP The most impressive feature of the MiP robot is its self-balancing ability. When you put things on the arms of the robot, it can carry them without falling over thanks to its dual wheel balancing system. In default, MiP responds to claps and other hand gestures. Moving to other modes is as simple as rotating one of the wheels; a Track setting tells MiP to follow the movements of your hand. Put the robot in Roam mode and it moves around and intelligently avoids obstacles. Using WowWee’s mobile app, you can tell it to fight other MiPs. Tyche Smartphone Robot Tyche is an intelligent smartphone robot. When you put your smartphone on a car frame and start the right app, you bring life to the robot car. You can customize its faces so that it can chat with you with a variety of facial expressions. It can also recognize faces and call your name accurately and automatically. You can even set routes based on the floor plan of your house so that the robot can find you and let you know any incoming short message or that the alarm is ringing. MOSS Robot Construction System MOSS is a modular robot construction system. Each block is a different part of a robot and has a specific function. Over-molded magnets inside the corners of each block’s ABS plastic shell provide connection points for inert steel spheres, bridging the gap between each block. You can build your own robot with MOSS by simply snapping pieces together. The intuitive, fun and kinematic robot construction system requires no coding and nothing else except your imagination. If you build a racing car, you can control it and move it forward or backward with your smartphone app. This 1-inch "small guy" is designed exclusively for tablets. When you put Ozobot on a tablet screen, it tracks lines to follow a path by reading different colors on the line and adjusting its behavior. It can adjust its speed, direction and path finding. Another feature of Ozobot is that it happily follows lines on any surface, from a circuit on the tablet screen to a physically drawn path on the table or a paperboard. However, no tablet games can be downloaded to go with the Ozobot if it is played on the table. With more than a million different code combinations, the little robot can be used in all sorts of different scenarios. Several friends can play a maze game to see whose Ozobot finds its way out of the maze first. 31 FASHION Hi-Tech Gadgets for Happy Cycling How can you make your ride safer and more enjoyable in a technology-dominated age? There are several cool biking gadgets designed to help you exercise better. PREPARATIONS If you ask a cyclist about the preparations they make before setting off on a ride, they’ll tell you that they adjust the peddles, seat and handlebars for safety and comfort. However, here we discuss a different kind of preparation, made with the help of technology, to make your route more interesting and informative. iRiver On: Smart Exercise Headset The iRiver On Bluetooth headset, equipped with sensor technology, can measure real-time biometric data, and display the data on the user’s paired smartphone via an accompanying app. When used as a training aid, the app will give voice prompts as you exercise, making cycling more scientific and safer. Garmin Edge 810: GPS Bike Computer This device can be fixed to a bicycle handlebar to record comprehensive ride data including distance, speed metrics, ascent/descent and grade. Besides providing navigation, it could be customized based on your training needs, to make the most of every ride. You Could also Buy These Stay Safe Blaze Laserlight Blaze Laserlight is mounted on the handlebars and has an integrated laser beam to project an image of a bicycle approximately five meters ahead of the cyclist. The image warns motorists that the cyclist is there. This device is waterproof, USB compatible, and can be used for 13 hours. Capture and Share GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition HD Action Camera Abundant Power nubia Mobile Power Pack This captures astonishing 4K video and the new SuperView mode offers an ultra-wide angle perspective. You can install the GoPro app on your phone. This app enables content preview, playback, and sharing on your smartphone. It’s a pity you can’t use your digital devices while cycling because the battery is low. The high-quality 7800 mAh nubia mobile power pack with a Li-polymer cell is a must for cycling. 32 FASHION Garmin Edge 1000 Edge 1000 has a 3-inch screen and battery life of up to 15 hours. It also enables route planning. The device is Wi-Fi compatible, which enables easy upload of your data to Garmin Connect mobile app. Garmin Edge 100 integrates with Shimano Di2 electronic shifting systems to display your current gear on the screen and is water resistant to IPX7 standard. In addition, it is compatible with power meters and heart rate monitor, so you can stay informed about your fitness. SONY NWZ-WH Series: Headband Type MP3 Player This is not simply a headset. You can hang it around your neck for personal surround sound, allowing you to enjoy music while hearing the outside sounds. It fits securely for cycling. Garmin Premium Heart Rate Monitor You Could also Buy These Ensure Safety Fenix BTR20 Rechargeable LED Bike Light Exercise Monitoring 4iiii Sportiiiis Heads Up Display (HUD) System This device is attached to the earpiece of a pair of sunglasses and turns ordinary sunglasses into heads up display eyewear for cyclists. The system uses a simple LED notification system that informs the wearer whether they're within a preconfigured optimum workout zone. Rotor Power Meter For professional cyclists who pursue scientific exercise and want to improve their cycling techniques, Garmin, SUUNTO and other bike computers can be used to measure independently the left and right pedal as well as the balance between your right and left leg. . A traditional clampon power meter cannot measure the power of the left and right foot separately. However, the Rotor Power Meter can independently measure the power of the left and right foot on each crank arm. It is compatible with BB30/PF30 and can be installed on almost any bike. Heart rate monitors are indispensable for sports-minded people. If you set a maximum heart rate, the monitor can display how hard you have been working as a percentage of your maximum rate. This helps you analyze the effectiveness of your training in a scientific way. This features a dual distance beam system, neutral white output up to 800 lumens, four brightness levels, and one flashing mode. It has the advantages of strong penetration and good color rendering. It can be operated by a pressswitch or a remote pressure switch. This device helps to identify outdoor conditions so as to guarantee safe cycling. Bonus Cycling Recorder Fly6 Bicycle Camera and Rear Light Fly6 supports 32 GB storage expansion and can record videos at 720p for up to five hours. It includes incidentcapture protection, and in the event of an accident, where the bike is tipped past 45 degrees for more than three seconds, the software shuts the camera down in an hour. Tips ANT+ is an ultra low-power version of the ANT transmission protocol and was developed for health, fitness and sports. With a button cell battery, an ANT+ sensor can transmit data wirelessly over short distances to ANT+ compatible receivers for a long time. Such receivers include heart rate monitors, pedometers, and power meters. 33 FASHION Mobile Phones can Look After Plants Smartphones can take care of your plants in real time when used with a smart irrigation system. Smart gardening enables your plants to thrive even if they are left unattended. Gardening Made Easy and Smart What are the consequences if the average temperature reaches 38°C in summer and no one takes care of your plants on the balcony for several weeks? A good gardener would never let this happen. With your mobile phone, you can water your plants and know the soil conditions, temperature, and light at any time, even when you are away on a trip. Watering by Phone Issue Commands at Any Time Iro: Smart Sprinkler Controller If you are going away for a long time, you may be worried that your plants will die. A Denver startup called Rachio has created Iro, a retro-fit smart sprinkler controller, which controls the sprinklers valves according to commands from a mobile app. This Wi-Fi enabled box adds brain to the otherwise dumb centralized sprinkler system. Iro knows about weather and 34 seasonality and adjust automatically the watering schedule based on a variety of variables including weather and soil moisture. You can use your device to monitor or customize the automated watering schedule. If you want to water your plants more, you can manually open the valves. FASHION More than Irrigation Bring Smart Home Eve Ecosystem: A Smart Irrigation System Unlike other smart irrigation products that operate individually, the Eve ecosystem works collaboratively. It consists of the Eve Irrigation controller, the Adam moisture sensor, and a set of sprinklers directly connected to the controller. Put a few Adam wireless moisture sensors around the yard. Adam constantly monitors moisture levels so that Eve knows when and for how long to water within a time window that you set. Eve can be accessed or controlled via a smartphone app. Eve also connects to a home automation hub (SmartThings) to download the weather forecast and optimize watering. If rain is forecasted, Eve might skip watering. For high temperatures, Eve may water a little longer; it all depends on conditions in your yard. Grow Vegetables in the Office Thanks to the rapid development of smartphones, mobile Internet, cloud computing, and various sensors, planting has now become controllable. Even if you are a layman, you can also become an experienced gardener with the help of your phone and plant sensor. Parrot Flower Power Monitoring Health of Plants If you are an experienced gardener, you know that watering is not the only aspect to gardening. Like pet dogs and cats, some plants are delicate and need extra care. Parrot Flower Power is a gadget that connects to your smartphone and helps keep your plants healthy thanks to a dedicated app. It has four embedded sensors to measure soil moisture, fertilizer levels, light intensity and ambient temperature. These sensors record soil conditions and shares the data with a mobile app on your smartphone. The data is sent to the cloud for analysis before coming back to your mobile device so you can know the exact requirements of your plants. Follow the changes in your garden directly or simply consult Parrot’s vast database. Parrot Flower Power has a database of more than 7,000 plants. Niwa: Smartphone Controlled Growing System If you are a workaholic who practically lives in your office, Niwa allows you to grow your own garden in the office. Niwa is an automated hydroponic system that you can use to plant flowers, fruits, and vegetables. It attends to all of your plants’ needs so you don’t have to. Niwa uses an array of sensors and actuators to create the perfect growing environment for your plants and it will water them, feed them, and make sure they have optimal growing conditions 24/7. A Cool Portable Plant Green Capsule: A Tiny Garden to Hang on Your Phone If you want to see your sprouts grow at any time, a Green Capsule is your answer. It is a mini mobile garden that can be hung like a pendant or can be attached to your mobile phone. You only need to plant the seed in the soil, irrigate, tighten the cover, and then wait for the seed to sprout. After the plant becomes too big for the capsule, you can transplant it to your courtyard. 35 Great value 4G smartphone with gesture controls Gesture Control Dual Camera 13MP + 5MP 5" HD Screen 4.4 KitKat Dolby Sound ZTEDEVICES.CO.UK All rights reserved by ZTE Corporation. All other Corporate names and trademarks are the property of their respective companies. E&OE. Images are for illustrative purposes only. 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