Huawei P10 goes live on Vodafone

Morning all, hope you are well. So, it’s all about the Samsung Galaxy S8 at the moment isn’t it? Well no, let’s not forget that the Huawei P10 is now available too. 

Vodafone have just made it live with and they still have their “Data Extravaganza” on, so you get piles of additional data for the life of your contract.
Huawei P10 goes live on Vodafone
You can pick up a Huawei P10 for £42 per month (£10 upfront cost), which includes unlimited texts, unlimited minutes and 24GB of UK data for the price of 6GB. There’s also 2GB of inclusive roaming data.  

But wait… Here’s something kinda interesting…

If you want it on Pay As You Go, it’s £549. I was going to compare that to the Pay As You Go price for the Samsung Galaxy S8 but Vodafone don’t have that one on PAYG yet. The S7 is on Pay As You Go though, and guess what. The Huawei P10 is still cheaper than a Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, and yes – I did say the Galaxy S7 edge that was launched a year ago.

Indeed, if you head to the official stores to get the unlocked versions, you’ll find that the Galaxy S7 edge is £599 for the silver 32GB one and the Huawei P10 32GB is £549 with a selfie tripod and an SD card thrown in.

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  • Samsung Galaxy S8 Review: Exciting and Yes, Almost Comfortable

    In pictures, the new Samsung Galaxy S8 doesn’t look that different from the Galaxy S7 Edge that preceded it. The chin and forehead of the device have been radically foreshortened, yes, but the really eye-catching aspect of the device remains its wraparound screen, which curves over the left and right edges to provide a completely bezel-free effect.

    But in the hand, the rationale for shaving off those extra millimeters from the top and bottom becomes clear. For the first time since phone screens broke five inches, the Galaxy S8 is, almost, comfortable to use one-handed.

    Space has been secured at the top of the screen through shoving the selfie camera far to the right, alongside the main speaker grill. At the bottom, meanwhile, the loss of the home button lets the screen extend down to around half a centimeter from the base of the device. In practice, that means that if you’re holding the phone one-handed, less of your thumb’s reach is wasted extending past a bezel, and so more of it can be used to navigate around the actual phone.

    It’s still not perfect for those of us who like smaller phones, with the top left of the screen remaining resolutely out of reach for all but the largest-handed of users, but it’s certainly far more ergonomically acceptable than what came before it.

    That’s helped by the other major change in the physical dimensions of the device: the decision to go for an odd 18.5:9 aspect ratio for the screen. That means, in portrait orientation, a long, thin screen with a lot of space for the main content.

    The trade-off is landscape mode. Samsung was eager to use movies to demonstrate the screen’s video capabilities, and it’s obvious why: the super-wide screen is perfect for cinematic aspect ratios, eliminating the letterboxing that you…
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    Bixby – The new Samsung AI companion

    Bixby   The new Samsung AI companion

    Digital assistants are a thing. Think Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, or (for a few windows die-hards) Cortana. Samsung also had a such a feature, the universally terrible S Voice. It seems Samsung is having another bite of that cherry. One of the announcements on Wednesdays Samsung Galaxy event was of Bixby. This is Samsungs new Artificial Intelligence service.

    Kate Beaumont, the director of commercial strategy, product and planning at Samsung, told WIRED that Samsung has apparently

    “..a conceptually new philosophy to target this problem (of diverse technologies): instead of humans learning how a machine interacts with the world, it is the machine that needs to learn and adapt to us.”

    What does that mean? It is contextually aware and designed to help you use your device. This is different to Google Assistant, (which incidentally is pre-installed on the device anyway, as it Android 7.0) or the others in that it helps you use your device, rather than search the internet for general queries. For example, after taking a photo you can tell Bixby to send it to a contact or dictate a message. This is different to the other assistants currently out there.

    Samsung is putting a lot of stock in this. Last year it acquired Viv, a voice assistant run by former members of the team who made Siri, Apple’s voice assistant. However, Bixby is a completely in-house venture.

    The question I have is “Why?”

    It is well-known that Android vendors such as Samsung and LG want to keep a degree of independence from Google. They don’t want to be beholden to Mountain View’s whims and create their own brand loyalties. Hence the duplicate browser/chrome music/Play Music bloatware apps that we see on those devices. Many find these apps a poor comparison to the Google ones (anybody used LG Smart View? Yeah, thought not). Others are taking a “less is more” approach, trying not to duplicate efforts such as HTC and Motorola. I can see the arguments on both sides for those approaches. The nerd in me likes the simplicity of not having duplicate apps, but sometimes the OEM apps/skins add a lot. Touchwiz had split screen apps about 2 years before Android incorporated it natively.

    BUT… AI is hard work. Anyone using Siri knows it’s still infuriating, even after a number of years. Google Assistant too, even with its massive data sources, still needs time. They have different business models to Samsungs, however. Apple will always make money on its hardware, and Google makes money on search, so investing in that is sensible. But what’s Samsung’s take on AI? What’s their business model? This is a serious venture, and in an era of disappearing home buttons, they have added a physical button for Bixby. That is a commitment.

    Or is it just a case of competition for competitions’ sake? What do you all think?

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    Pacman on Google Maps

    Pacman on Google Maps

    What is this? I recently read that our Ian posted an article about a Google Maps update now including the ability to share your location, so of course I went to try it. It’s something I’ve used in WhatsApp before, and in Google Latitude back when that was a thing.

    Lo and behold, I go into the main menu tray and the option is there. Its pretty sweet the way they’ve set it up, so I don’t have to permanently share my location. Sometimes I do want you to know where I am, but sometimes, definitely not.

    So I go back to the main screen, and see an extra button. It’s a red button. It’s a red Pacman button. Of course I pressed it. Who wouldn’t?

    Pacman on Google Maps
    Pacman on Google Maps

    Right there, in the middle of doing something vaguely constructive like playing with a new feature for no reason, I forgot what I was doing, and started playing. And then played again. And again.

    How much fun were these simple games? So it was a couple of minutes before I asked myself why this happened. Apparently, it’s an April Fools Day addition, and one Google did before back in 2015. I am not disappointed that this came back.

    Pacman on Google Maps
    Pacman on Google Maps

    There should always be some Pacman where you least expect it.

     

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  • Huawei – Saatchi Gallery “From Selfie to Self-Expression”

    This week a photography and art exhibition opened at Saatchi Gallery in London. Coolsmartphone was lucky enough to get early access and to spend some time there before the doors opened to the public. “From Selfie To Self-Expression” is an event partnership between Saatchi Gallery and Huawei, and looks at the history of the selfie from the old masters to present day.

    Huawei   Saatchi Gallery From Selfie to Self Expression

    You may remember that we were at the Saatchi Gallery + Huawei + Leica exhibition in Barcelona during MWC this year. This exhibition was a similar partnership, but on a much wider and grander scale: it was spread over multiple galleries and floors of the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea, and this exhibition was fun and well curated. The galleries were themed to content types and periods, with the old master self-portraits displayed on digital screens which had companion Instagram-like screens. I found this particularly fun: engaging with Rembrandt and Van Gogh as you would with a cat picture or someone’s breakfast is probably more appealing to today’s digital natives than traditional gallery exhibitions.

    Huawei   Saatchi Gallery From Selfie to Self Expression
    Huawei   Saatchi Gallery From Selfie to Self Expression
    Huawei   Saatchi Gallery From Selfie to Self Expression
    Huawei   Saatchi Gallery From Selfie to Self Expression

    While the ground floor looks at the selfie as an art form and its use from the past to present day, the first floor was a bit closer to the funky and cutting-edge tech we love here at Coolsmartphone. One gallery was dedicated to content exclusively shot on the Huawei P10 (our full review of Huawei’s flagship is coming soon). A nice touch which highlights the latest Huawei device was that of the pedestals presenting the commissioned photographers’ content on the devices they shot with: Huawei P10s.

    Huawei   Saatchi Gallery From Selfie to Self Expression
    Huawei   Saatchi Gallery From Selfie to Self Expression
    Huawei   Saatchi Gallery From Selfie to Self Expression
    Huawei   Saatchi Gallery From Selfie to Self Expression
    Huawei   Saatchi Gallery From Selfie to Self Expression
    Huawei   Saatchi Gallery From Selfie to Self Expression
    Huawei   Saatchi Gallery From Selfie to Self Expression
    Huawei   Saatchi Gallery From Selfie to Self Expression

    Similar to the Barcelona exhibition, some of the photographers and content was the same and I immediately recognised one of Chris Levine’s pieces with its distinctive red glow. The 10 commissioned photographers all brought their very different content and approaches to creating the pieces to the exhibition. From Tom Hunter, who photographs his local community in East London, to Alma Haser, who merges collage and paper-folding techniques with portraiture, the spread was wide.

    Huawei   Saatchi Gallery From Selfie to Self Expression
    Huawei   Saatchi Gallery From Selfie to Self Expression
    Huawei   Saatchi Gallery From Selfie to Self Expression
    Huawei   Saatchi Gallery From Selfie to Self Expression
    Huawei   Saatchi Gallery From Selfie to Self Expression
    Huawei   Saatchi Gallery From Selfie to Self Expression
    Huawei   Saatchi Gallery From Selfie to Self Expression

    I had a brief chat with Chris Levine about how it was to work with the Huawei P10, and he was very positive about its performance and capabilities. His portrait of Naomi Campbell taken with the monochrome lense is stunning, and highlights that the P10’s cameras are definitely “good enough”. Chris’s portraits weren’t his only work on display. Placed between the portraits were some of his pieces in which he is working with light and laser refraction.

    Huawei   Saatchi Gallery From Selfie to Self Expression
    Huawei   Saatchi Gallery From Selfie to Self Expression

    The other gallery which caught my attention was one where slightly more out there installations were. The piece I really enjoyed playing around with was one called “Pom Pom Mirror”, which uses a Microsoft Xbox Kinect motion sensor, a mac-mini, custom software and a wooden armature to create a mirror made out of pom poms. There are 928 faux fur pom poms driven by 464 electric motors: if you stand in front of the installation, the Pom Pom Mirror creates a moving mirror image of you. Daniel Rozin, creator of the piece was quite open about how the piece was made and the challenges of getting the hardware and software to work.

    Huawei   Saatchi Gallery From Selfie to Self Expression
    Huawei   Saatchi Gallery From Selfie to Self Expression
    Huawei   Saatchi Gallery From Selfie to Self Expression
    Huawei   Saatchi Gallery From Selfie to Self Expression

    I really enjoyed the “From Selfie To Self-Expression” exhibition. It is open to the public until May 30th 2017 at Saatchi Gallery in London. Full details in the press release below the fold.

    Saatchi Gallery and Huawei present From Selfie to Self-Expression

    from 31st March – 30th May 2017

    Saatchi Gallery and Huawei, the world’s number three smartphone brand, announce they have teamed up to present From Selfie to Self-Expression. Opening at the Saatchi Gallery on 31st March 2017, the show will be the world’s first exhibition exploring the history of the selfie from the old masters to the present day, and will celebrate the truly creative potential of a form of expression often derided for its inanity.

    From Selfie to Self-Expression will showcase key artworks, many of which feature interactive, digital and user-generated content, by artists as diverse as Christopher Baker, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Juno Calypso, Tracey Emin, Van Gogh, Mohau Modisakeng, Rembrandt, Cindy Sherman, Gavin Turk and Velazquez.

    Showing alongside examples of many influential artists’ work will be selfies that have quickly become icons of the digital era – from the beautiful and sublime to the mad, bad and downright dangerous.

    The show will also highlight the emerging role of the smartphone as an artistic medium for self-expression through the commissioning ten exciting young British photographers to create new works using Huawei’s new P10 dual lens smartphone co-engineered with Leica, as part of their artistic practice. Reprising the spirit and energy of the Young British Artist movement first launched 25 years ago; the works of these young British photographers will go on display in a gallery dedicated to world-class smartphone photography. In this gallery the focus will shift from Selfie to documenting the world around us as a contrasting form of Self-Expression.

    The ten commissioned photographers are: Alma Haser, who merges collage and inventive paper-folding techniques with portraiture in her practice; Tom Hunter, who explores his local community in East London producing images that merge landscape, social commentary and art history.

    Chris Levine, a pioneer of light photography, whose portrait of Queen Elizabeth II Lightness of Being has become a contemporary icon; Christopher Nunn, a Yorkshire-based photographer who documents life in in Ukraine; Laura Pannack, a London-based photographer renowned for her portraiture and social documentary artwork; Simon Roberts, whose work deals with our relationship to landscape and notions of identity and belonging.

    Jonny Briggs, whose work explores his relationship with the constructed reality of the family; Emma Critchley, an artist who works underwater using photography, film, sound and installation to explore the human relationship with this psychological and environmental space; Hannah Starkey, who reconstructs scenes from everyday life using actors and carefully considered settings to produce images that have the concentrated stylisation of film and Matt Stuart, whose street photography shows an empathetic fascination with people and the way live their lives.

    Huawei’s partnership with the Saatchi Gallery is a demonstration of its commitment to growing its brand presence in the UK and support of creative expression through photography everywhere. It follows the launch last year of the game-changing Huawei P Series smartphones which reinvented smartphone photography with the world’s first dual-lens camera co-engineered with iconic camera brand Leica.

    The exhibition will open from 31st March – 30th May 2017 and take over one entire floor of the Saatchi Gallery.

    The #SaatchiSelfie Competition

    As part of the forthcoming From Selfie to Self-Expression exhibition Saatchi Gallery and Huawei have joined forces to offer artists, photographers and enthusiasts around the globe a chance to show their most creative selfies internationally, and have their work exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery, as part of the competition #SaatchiSelfie.

    The judging panel, Tracey Emin, Idris Khan, Juergen Teller, Juno Calypso and Saatchi Gallery CEO Nigel Hurst, will select a shortlist of ten from the 14,000 selfies entered by the public. In addition to having their selfie showcased at the Saatchi Gallery the ten shortlisted winners will also receive Huawei’s new P10 smartphone, and the overall winner will have an all expenses trip to join a Leica Photography Ambassador on an international photo shoot assignment. The overall winner of the #SaatchiSelfie Competition will be announced at the show’s launch in London on 30th March 2017.

    “We’ve received more than 14,000 submissions from over 113 countries,” said Nigel Hurst, CEO, Saatchi Gallery “We have been enormously impressed with the way many of the entries have approached the creative challenge we set, and lived up to the spirit of the exhibition that their work will be part of.”

    Nigel Hurst, CEO Saatchi Gallery

    “In many ways, the selfie represents the epitome of contemporary culture’s transition into a highly digitalised and technologically advanced age as mobile phone technology has caught up with the camera. We are thrilled to be collaborating with Huawei on From Selfie to Self-Expression. The exhibition will present a compelling insight into the history and creative potential of the selfie, while the #SaatchiSelfie competition provides a global platform for Self-Expression. Our commissioning of work by ten young British photographers completes the narrative and highlights the exciting potential of the very latest technology to encourage creativity.”

    Glory Zhang, CMO Huawei Consumer Business Group

    “After a decade of smartphone photography, we have reached a tipping point. We are moving from documenting our engagement with the world through selfies to projecting our personalities on to the world through our creativity. The smartphone has become a tool of artistic expression. The Selfie Generation is becoming the Self Expression Generation as each of us seeks to explore and share our inner creativity through the one artistic tool to which we all have access; the Smartphone.”

    About Huawei:

    Huawei is a global technology brand and the world’s third largest manufacturer of smartphones. In April 2016, Huawei reinvented smartphone photography with the launch of the P9 smartphone featuring a unique dual-lens camera co-engineered with the iconic brand, Leica Camera AG. Setting a new benchmark smartphone camera technology, the device enables more light and better clarity, to capture brilliant colour and striking black and white images in true Leica style.

    Huawei believes in cultural technology: the fusing of technology and culture to deliver solutions to help people express themselves in a new way. Its brand motto is ‘Make It Possible’ and it shares values with people who pursue their dreams, who are visionary challengers, and who are proactive with a strong belief in striving to achieve their goals. Huawei is dedicated to bringing the latest technology to consumers and creating extraordinary experiences for people everywhere and will continue to do so through partnerships with likeminded innovative and creative brands such as Leica and Saatchi Gallery.

    For more information please visit: http://consumer.huawei.com

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    About Saatchi Gallery:

    The Saatchi Gallery was founded in 1985 with the aim of bringing contemporary art to as wide an audience as possible and make it accessible by providing an innovative platform for emerging artists to show their work. Over the last five years the Saatchi Gallery has hosted ten out of the top 15 most visited exhibitions in London, according to The Art Newspaper’s survey of international museum attendance, and is also ranked amongst the world’s top five most liked museums on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google+. Entry to all exhibitions at the Saatchi Gallery is free. www.saatchigallery.com.

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