We can’t deny that artificial intelligence or AI has been shaping today’s smartphone landscape, as it transforms the phone into something that’s  custom-fit to the user’s preferences. Vivo has in fact made extensive use of technology in its devices to deliver an all new user experience.

Selfies Made Better with the Vivo V9

vivo v9 1 - Vivo Moves to the Forefront of AI TechnologyJust this March, the company unleashed the V9, a phone that delivers good quality photos, thanks to its 24MP selfie camera. Its AI Face Beauty even utilizes a database of almost a million faces from all over the world to accurately determine gender, age, skin tone, texture, and even the lighting environment, lining you up for that perfect selfie.

There’s also AI Selfie Lighting, which uses advanced algorithms to allow the user to choose from a variety of lighting effects like natural light, Studio Light, Stereo Light, and Monochrome Background, resulting to well-illuminated photos. Selfies are made even more fun, as Vivo also provides users with a variety of AR stickers without the need for a 3rd party app.

The One-of-a-Kind, X21

vivo x21 01 - Vivo Moves to the Forefront of AI TechnologyThen in June, Vivo also surprised the Filipino consumers with the launch of the X21 with an In-Display fingerprint scanner. One of its notable features is AI Scene Recognition, which allows the camera to adapt to over 140 scenarios. Thanks to a database of over 1 million photos, the X21 is able to intelligently adjust individual elements such as saturation, sharpness, and brightness.

The NEX Big Thing

vivo nex 01 - Vivo Moves to the Forefront of AI TechnologyJust before the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Vivo also announced its latest innovation, the NEX, which features a unique 8MP Elevating Front Camera, combined with a bezel-less FullView display that boasts an astonishing 91.24% screen-to-body ratio.  Like the X21, it also comes with In-Display Fingerprint Scanning.

The Vivo NEX also houses a dedicated button for Google Assistant, which allows the user to access to an array of AI-powered services such as map navigation and online shopping. There’s also Google Lens, which uses deep learning algorithms to identify objects and landmarks, and provide increased Optical Character Recognition (OCR) accuracy.

All these developments are a product of Vivo’s intensive research. The company even has research-focused centers in different areas around the world, such as San Diego, United States. Shenzhen, Dongguan, Nanjing, Hangzhou, and Beijing, all working to ensure that each device can keep up with the needs of consumers. As we move forward, it’s exciting to even think about where the brand will take its AI development.






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Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.

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Tokyo Game Show Special Coverage

Tokyo Game Show 2018

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Witness this year’s biggest gaming convention in Asia, the Tokyo Game Show 2018. This September 19, our team will fly to Tokyo, Japan, to be part to TGS 2018. Special thanks to our brand partners Huawei Mobile, PLDT Home, Smart Communications and Cherry Mobile for making this coverage possible.

The Gadget Pilipinas Team was given access to a press briefing with Hidetaka Miyazaki, Director from From Software and a bit of hands-on gameplay. Here’s our take on the hands-on gameplay and the insights from the press interview. We also  figured a listicle is in order to rundown why this game will match the hype surrounding it.

Here’s our Top 5 reasons why “Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice” is to die for.

1) The game is Tenchu-inspired

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2) Casual or hardcore can play

sn1rmqcvrwomyuttaoyq 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forFrom Software is notorious for challenging games and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is no exception. However, Hidetaka Miyazaki, Director of From Software, revealed that he himself is a casual gamer and has made it clear that the game should be accessible to beginners and experienced players alike.

3) Upgradeable prosthetic arm

jjn6e6ivua5u142iukql 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forThat prosthetic arm that Sekiro has isn’t just for looks. It can launch a grappling hook and is upgradeable too. No details were revealed but its good to know that a skill-tree based system is in place. Think Horizon Zero Dawn or Spiderman on the way skill and gadgets are upgraded. Tech upgrades set in feudal Japan? What’s not to like?

4) Play the style that suits you

jo1pi5md3myj0pxynz9p 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forStealth like Tenchu or head-on like Dark Souls? It’s up to you. What’s clear is that you can’t use stealth for the whole campaign since the game wasn’t designed that way. Stealth can be used to thin enemy numbers and to preserve your health before confronting the big boss. The mix of stealth and hack and slash is always a good mix to change-up the pace and should suit any gameplay style.

5) Single-player only campaign can last 20 to 30 hours 

ocxemodvr6oa72argpyo 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forThat’s the length of the campaign as per Miyazaki. The game is focused-solely on the single-player experience. No more wayward players who can just jump-in and help or derail your campaign. From Software also focused on the story-telling. Given that no resources were spent in developing the multiplayer aspect, expect the campaign to take it up a notch.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will be released on March 22, 2019 on PC, Xbox One and the Playstation 4.

Our Tokyo Game Show 2018 Coverage is brought to you by our brand partners: Huawei Mobile Philippines, PLDT Home Fibr, Smart and Cherry Mobile. Access our coverage here.

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Heads-up, Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) players. The PES game you’re playing on your phone is going to get a major upgrade.

For starters, the visuals will get a major overhaul and will be using Unreal Engine 4 – the same graphics engine used in triple A games for consoles and PCs. With the use of Unreal Engine 4, PES will be inching closer to how it looks versus its console port. It

Next, over 3,000 new animations, improved player AI with every playstyle accounted for, and realistic ball movements has been optimized for fans to enjoy the ultimate soccer game.

And lastly, 10 new league licenses from Europe, South America and Asia have been added, including Japan’s J. League.

The best part? Despite these updates,  Winning Eleven 2019 is still free-to-play (with in-game purchases).

PES 2019 promises to give a life-like behavior of the beautiful game and should take competitive mobile sports gaming to new heights.

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More about the game and new features, here.

Our Tokyo Game Show 2018 Coverage is brought to you by our brand partners: Huawei Mobile Philippines, PLDT Home Fibr, Smart and Cherry Mobile. Access our coverage here.

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