TV screen, grocery store, or basic party zone: these days, our smartphones are whatever we want them to be. Smartphone usage skyrocketed during the pandemic, proving it to be both a call and abundance for many at this time. But could our allure with smartphones hold the key to a affiliated future beyond our 3-inch screens?

The idea of a affiliated future is annihilation new. Beyond fringe sci-fi predictions of decades past, we live in a world where affiliated accessories have entered the boilerplate consciousness. Despite our smartphone access to voice administration and fettle wearables, commodity is missing. 

The botheration is that our accessories do not work well together. Rival brands may host apps on altered platforms, but adamant access amid their affiliated accessories are limited.  The absoluteness is consumers are not bound to one brand or type of device. Unless you address yourself to one brand and buy into their walled garden of devices, your affiliated life is very disconnected.

We spoke with Andrew Garrihy, Huawei’s Global Chief Brand Officer, about his TNW2020 keynote on how Huawei’s Seamless AI Life action is alive to change this very problem.

The affiance of affiliated living has fallen short 

The affiance of affiliated living has fallen short for several reasons, and technology is not to blame. Huawei’s mission is to break the mold of the brand-specific affiliated ecosystems we’ve been sold. The company’s Global Chief Brand Officer, Andrew Garrihy, says brands have lacked the will to bridge affiliated accessories together. 

“Companies haven’t been open and collaborative enough with the systems and consumers apparently haven’t been ambitious enough. But I think both of those things are changing,” Garrihy told TNW.

Frictionless connectivity is a call for affiliated living. Cumbersome and awkward configurations make affiliated living more of a hazard than help, but Huawei is assertive better awaits because they’re architecture it through their Seamless AI Life Strategy. 

Huawei aims to create all-over access amid altered devices, irrespective of the manufacturer. With their HiLink system, users can affix to printers, speakers, kettles, treadmills, or any other kind of domiciliary electrical item. Huawei has partnered with 800 companies to bring these integrations to life. Want to lock your Samsonite suitcase? Keys are a thing of the past. Tap your phone on your Samsonite smart lock.

A affiliated future

In Huawei’s vision of a affiliated future, the smartphone functions as a super-connector of affiliated devices. The technology exists today but lacks seamless integration.

Take, for instance, family video calls, which have become a lockdown staple. In his TNW2020 keynote, Garrihy spoke about Huawei’s affiliated adaptation of events, in which the family no longer has to crowd behind the laptop hoping to appear in the call. Instead, the lounge will also action as a family video conferencing room thanks to access with smart speakers and a smart TV. Every family member will show on the call because Huawei’s 360-degree camera will pivot to the speaker.

Cohesively affiliated tech is the aim, which is why the smartphone isn’t the sole application for Huawei. The aggregation knows the value of a good smartphone, but mobile accessories are not the only option for abutting with the world around us. 

Our technology should fit around our lives, not the other way around. We cannot escape the beyond of smartphones, so Huawei wants to advantage them to build avant-garde solutions with other technologies. Beyond our smartphones, a truly affiliated world lays at our fingertips.

In his keynote, Garrihy shares his claimed adventures which accent the abolitionist possibilities of Huawei’s Seamless AI Life strategy. He anecdotal a pre-lockdown trip where he was racing to catch his flight. Upon his return weeks later, he had abandoned where he parked his car at the airport. Instead of spending blaster account analytic for his vehicle, Huawei’s HiCar system could have prompted his car to send a account of its location. Convenience and ambience are king in Huawei’s Seamless AI Life Strategy, but this is just the beginning. In the future, cars fitted with the HiCar system could do much more. 

“There’s no reason why it couldn’t remind me as soon as I get off the plane and pay for my parking,” says Garrihy.

A seamless remote workspace

We’ve already accomplished massive changes in the workspace this year, and Huawei’s Seamless AI Life wants to make it better. Remote work has blurred the boundaries amid work and home life. Affiliated living can help draw those distinctions by accretion claimed productivity. With collaborative platforms like Huawei Share, users can alteration files wirelessly amid accessories with a single tap of their phones.  Huawei speakers and televisions can automatically alteration audio and video calls from the phone, consistent in an agreeable work acquaintance that propels productivity.

Remote acquirements is also accepting a affiliated living makeover, beyond the archetypal laptop or smartphone setup. Huawei’s multiscreen accord equips acceptance with the adeptness to watch lectures on the TV while taking notes with a tablet, instead of abstraction both activities on a laptop or smartphone device. These technologies could prove abnormally useful for school-aged accouchement who are acquirements from home and need basal aberration to engage with their lessons. 

Privacy concerns

A affiliated world sounds exciting, but these innovations present new aloofness and aegis vulnerabilities. As Garrihy notes, the tide has turned now that more consumers are reckoning with the cost of privacy. 

“We’ve gone through a period where giving all our data away, we become the products. Now we’re starting to see a global activation of, ‘Am I happy to be the artefact anymore?’ and we’re seeing people accommodating to pay a premium,” he tells TNW.

Huawei’s aloofness measures are three-fold. For apps like TomTom Navigation, users can pay to use the app instead of acceding data for announcement purposes. Huawei’s laptops also accommodate an opt-in camera, and their accessories employ facial acceptance to permit users to view their messages. 

Beyond these measures, the affiliated aegis ecosystem employs Huawei’s Harmony OS microkernel trusted beheading environment, which splinters the assorted device logins as a safety measure. This limits the severity of a accessible hack and ensures the aegis of the affiliated ecosystem is not compromised. Customer aloofness is and will abide to be a hot-button topic so Huawei’s able access puts the user in ascendancy of their privacy, about they see fit.

Speaking on the misconceptions about affiliated living, Garrihy agrees that its future is in the hands of the consumer. “The absoluteness is you will still firmly be in charge,” Garrihy tells TNW. 

“If you look at the nirvana that’s been painted, we breeze through this world effortlessly, where the apparatus does everything. I don’t think that’s going to be the absoluteness for a long time, but I think amid amalgam our accouterments and software and employing AI, it will start to adumbrate but we’ll still be firmly in charge of what happens.”

Huawei’s Seamless AI Life: More time for the things you love

Huawei’s Seamless AI Life is all about making better access with technology and offers a glimpse into the future. When we are no longer absent with piecing calm burst technologies or trying to live with adverse devices, we are free to focus on what’s most important. For Garrihy, our new technologies afford us a affiliation that’s as old as time – claimed growth: “I’ve got more time for the things I enjoy and the things I’m absorbed in.” 

As we alteration to a affiliated present, our arising technologies offer us the befalling to thrive in our daily activities. So, what will it take for affiliated living to become an accustomed accident – simply living? 

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