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Huawei Mate S
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Today’s smartphones offer more and more functions and must simultaneously meet the need of users for speed and ease of use. They should also look good: getting thinner, more quality. Because smartphones are increasingly becoming a fashion accessory. Metal housing are now highly valued – they convey a certain quality and durability
But on the part of technology provides metal also challenges to the manufacturer:. Take the so-called Death Grip problem that the reception of the phone massively disturb or even completely paralyze. The placement of the antenna thus assumes the development of new smart phones a high priority.
Another example is heat generation: A metal shell feels naturally to humans warmer than a plastic bag. Therefore, it is more important to reduce the heat generation at the source. This is achieved for example by high-quality, high-performance processors. Same time, the heat dissipation needs to be improved.
With regard to the design is critical that color, shape and material fit together properly. Nevertheless, the operation must not be returned – this often requires some compromises. Just as an example: An ultra-thin smartphone, although may seem complacent in terms of design, but can be uncomfortable in the hand. It applies to manufacturers side to find the ideal balance.
Intuitive usability is mandatory
The number of functions, but also those of the apps, is continuously increasing. Therefore, it is more important that smartphones are as simple and intuitive to use by the user. The display size is limited especially for smartphones. This is also the reason why we have introduced with the touch controls an additional level
On the way, it is just still the easiest way to make typing with your fingers -. We try to be as simple and effective as possible. The focus is in addition to the proven wiping movements on the operation with the knuckles and the one-handed operation with the fingertip on the fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone.
When Knuckle Sense Technology which we introduced with the HUAWEI P8 (Click here for the test), recognizes the smartphone, whether it is operated with the knuckle or fingertip. You knock twice with the knuckles on the display, to create, for example, a screen.
These functions we have expanded again when HUAWEI Mate S. So you can with the ankle letters on the display “paint” that function like a shortcut. Thus, a selection will be assigned to any application letters. For example, the letter “c” of the camera, the letter “w” of the weather app can be assigned. Draws the user the appropriate letter on the screen, the associated application is opened – in every situation
Also, the HUAWEI Mate S distinguish whether one or two knuckles are used. If the user types with two knuckles on the display, it can record video from the screen. Ideal, for example, to quickly and easily tell friends, how to master the next level of Angry Birds.
Here, there are some requirements for hardware and software. The hardware must, for example, “sensitive” enough to recognize the difference between finger and ankle. This is already very well realized with today’s capacitive displays. Nevertheless, the software plays a crucial role. Only if it is set ideally, also gray areas can be covered and offer the user a good experience. This requires no small development effort.
The same applies 2.0 technology for the fingerprint. The sensor is so sensitive that he recognizes the fingerprint of the user reliably and quickly. When HUAWEI Mate S this happens in less than one second. In itself this is nothing new – that’s why we were looking at HUAWEI for ways to make better use of fingerprint technology. Thus, with the HUAWEI Mate S be triggered simply among others Selfies with the sensor on the back.
In addition, the user can open the notification bar and Delete with only two tips on the sensor alerts. Another new feature is the scrolling function, which enables a simple browsing of images in the gallery. The aim was to make the smartphone easier to use in terms of ergonomics. Just for everyday situation, the one-handed operation – for example, answer a call with just a hint in the subway – a considerable relief to the user is
Force touch and a look into the future
With the introduction of the Muti-touch displays the end of the flagpole in the touch area was achieved for a long time. Now comes the development of innovative concepts such as Knuckle-Sense or Force Touch again movement in this segment. We are currently experiencing the discovery of a “third dimension” in the touch controls.
This is just a logical consequence, considering the wealth of features that offer smart phones today. This trend will certainly continue on, because the smartphone is increasingly taking the role of a kind of “Personal Assistant” and accompanies us everywhere.
In order to make yet the handling as easy as possible and to avoid a “gesture Lexikon” that must be remembered, provides both the Knuckle- and fingerprint as well as the Force touch technology an opportunity to use natural gestures to control the smartphones.
Also, the voice control will significantly evolve and always taking greater role – but there are limits, though not necessarily technologically, but due to the nature of man: Voice control is not is characterized by discretion and depending on the cultural background for this can also be a user inhibitions. So there will be some innovations with regard to the usability of smartphones, which we can look forward
This is a guest post by Arne Herkelmann, Head of Portfolio at HUAWEI.