LG Electronics will introduce the first of a suit of AI technologies for its smartphones at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. These LG Smartphone AI will be featured in the 2018 version of the LG V30, LG’s most advanced flagship smartphone to date.
LG spent more than a year researching how AI should be implemented in smartphones, long before announcing LG ThinQ at CES 2018. This research focused primarily on making AI-based solutions. Its objective is to deliver a unique and more intuitive user experience, focused on camera and voice recognition. The result is a suite of AI technologies that aligns closely with the needs and usage behaviour of today’s users.
Vision AI: Next Generation Image Recognition
Vision AI includes a pretty impressive list of camera features. Things like dual lenses, wide-angle low-distortion lenses, and all-glass Crystal Clear Lens. On top of all that, it also makes the camera of the LG V30 even smarter and easier to use!
Vision AI automatically analyzes objects and recommends the best shooting mode from amongst the following eight modes. Portrait, food, pet, landscape, city, flower, sunrise, and sunset. The angle of view, colour, reflections, backlighting, and saturation levels. These are all taken into consideration. The phone analyzes images in its database to determine what the camera is focusing on in order to recommend the best setting.
For example, if you point the camera at a plate of pasta, the camera enters food mode. This in turn results in warmer colours and heightened sharpening, for the most appetising shot possible.
Another feature of Vision AI provides shopping advice through smart image recognition. By simply pointing the camera at an object, LG’s Vision AI can automatically scan QR codes, initiate an image search or provide shopping options. These include where to purchase the item for the lowest price, and other similar products that the customer might find of interest.
A new low-light shooting mode automatically brightens images in dim environments by a factor of two. Vision AI measures the brightness of the actual image that will be recorded instead of measuring external light levels. This results in brightness levels that are adjusted much more accurately.
Voice AI: LG-Exclusive Voice Commands
Another new feature is Voice AI, which allows users to run apps and change settings through voice commands alone. There are 32 LG-exclusive Voice AI commands, up from 23 commands in 2017. Voice AI works alongside Google Assistant to eliminate the need to search through menu options. It also allows users to directly select specific functions.
Upgrading And Expanding Smartphone AI
LG’s strategy for smartphones is to continue expanding its AI capabilities while also refining existing features to make them more convenient to use. Certain AI features will also be available to existing LG smartphones via updates. This is, of course, taking into consideration various hardware specifications and stability of the models.
Visit LG’s MWC 2018 booth in Hall 3 of Fira Gran Via from February 26 to March 1 for more information.