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IFA 2019: AI, 5G, IoT to Shape Digital Future

The Korean electronics maker unveiled V50S, promoting it as a practical way to expand screen size without having to bend the display itself, like Samsung’s Galaxy Fold

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FILE - Attendees wait in line for a 5G exhibition at the Qualcomm booth during CES 2019 consumer electronics show, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Jan. 10, 2019 (Representational image). VOA

Artificial Intelligence (AI), 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) will be the key technology trends at IFA, one of the leading shows for home appliances and consumer electronics, industry officials said on Friday.

The IFA, Europe’s largest technology show, kicked off here on Friday for a six-day run, bringing together nearly 2,000 exhibitors before major shopping seasons.

At this year’s event, major industry leaders will share their vision on 5G and how the improved connectivity can spur innovations at home and in workplaces, Yonhap news agency reported.

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s consumer business group, will give a keynote speech on the opening day on how 5G can change IoT, autonomous driving and smart devices.

Cristian Amon, president of chip giant Qualcomm, will explain in another speech why 5G will be a major driver of technological progress and bring in new inventions.

South Korean tech giants — Samsung Electronics Co. and LG Electronics Inc. — opened their booths to display various home appliances, the highest-resolution 8K TVs and smartphones connected to each other to tap deeper into the European market.

Samsung, a leading manufacturer of TVs and smartphones, said it is investing $22 billion in new technologies, such as AI, IoT and 5G connectivity, to drive innovation in the fast-changing industry.

“In Europe, this includes the Samsung AI Center close to Cambridge University, which works to bring together the best talent in the world,” Benjamin Braun, Samsung’s chief marketing officer for Europe, said in a press conference on Thursday.

Stressing the heart of the fourth industrial revolution is connectivity, Samsung said 5G and IoT will connect phones with TVs and kitchens to transform everyday lifestyles, he said.

“The Samsung Internet of Things is not a thing of the future. It is now,” Braun said. “5G will enable connected living on a mass scale.”

Samsung also highlighted its broad 5G portfolio, ranging from chipsets, equipment to the latest smartphones.

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“Artificial intelligence is now one of the fastest-growing areas in all of science and one of the most talked-about topics in society.” VOA

The firm has released four 5G smartphones, including Galaxy S10, Note 10, A90 and most recently the Galaxy Fold, since the commercial roll out of the ultra-fast network in April, staying ahead of its 5G competition.

Its smaller local rival LG Electronics Inc. set out its own AI vision, showcasing a wide range of connected home appliances that can detect problems in advance and make suggestions to their users.

“Anywhere is home, because it’s that connectedness which allows you to carry the essence with you wherever you go,” Park Il-pyung, LG’s chief technology officer, said during a panel talk held on Thursday. “All these touch point can talk to each other and learn from each other to serve us much better. This connectedness will change how we organize and use our space as well.”

Park said LG designed its own AI chip to help devices offer tailored services and enhance connectivity between home appliances, cars and buildings.

At its AI exhibition hall named LG ThinQ Home, a range of products supporting its AI platform based on wireless networks, the electronics maker demonstrates how consumers can benefit from AI and IoT technologies.

LG introduced its new bottom-freezer refrigerators and front-load washing machines featuring “Proactive Customer Care”, which uses AI to monitor appliances for potential problems like temperature drops or poor air flow. When something seems wrong, users can receive an alert via an app before the problem escalates, it said.

To diversify the way of connecting to devices beyond voice, LG said it developed “Vision Pack,” a cloud-connected optical sensor. The sensor technology allows its clothing care system LG Stylus to recognize garments and make recommendations for the best cleaning courses, the firm noted.

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As part of its 5G push, LG also unveiled its new flagship smartphone with a dual screen and 5G connectivity to expand mobile experiences under the ultra-fast wireless network.

The Korean electronics maker unveiled V50S, promoting it as a practical way to expand screen size without having to bend the display itself, like Samsung’s Galaxy Fold.

The company said the smartphone targets young consumers who want to do more on mobile devices, including gaming, watching videos and shopping. (IANS)

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“China to Lead World in 5G Scale”, Says Qualcomm President

As the mobile ecosystem follows the relationship and the expansion of the Chinese economy through all those different countries, it is likely to be very competitive in the transition to 5G

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5G touches many industries, not only cellphones, but also smart cities, automobiles, healthcare and other sectors. It is now being understood by governments worldwide that 5G is very important and no country including China will benefit from being late to 5G. Pixabay

China will lead the world in the 5G scale and Qualcomm expects to increase business with China in the 5G transition, Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon has said.

“China is likely going to have the largest 5G rollout and network,” Amon said on the sidelines of Qualcomm’s annual Snapdragon Tech Summit held this week in Maui, Hawaii.

“The scale in China’s deployment plans makes 5G ubiquitous with nationwide coverage as fast as possible.

“In terms of taking the importance of 5G as the future of Internet, I think China is doing the right thing with an accelerated rollout of this technology,” Amon said, Xinhua news agency has reported.

In June, China granted commercial-use 5G licenses to the country’s top three telecom operators — China Telecom, China Mobile and China Unicom — as well as China Broadcasting Network. Many Chinese tech companies unveiled their 5G smartphones.

According to the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology, 5G technology is expected to create more than 8 million jobs by 2030.

“I believe China understood since the very beginning that 5G will be the essential infrastructure to connect to the Internet. And the numbers that the three operators had made public are incredible,” Amon said.

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China will lead the world in the 5G scale and Qualcomm expects to increase business with China in the 5G transition, Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon has said. Pixabay

“If Chinese operators execute their plans, we will see 1 million 5G base stations by the end of 2020. And that is going to build the infrastructure that will not only connect billions of smartphones, but will also multiple billions of other smart devices and industries that will benefit from 5G,” he said.

In his opinion, China regards 5G as fundamental infrastructure for the society, which gives the country the advantage on the scale and the commitment to its deployment.

5G touches many industries, not only cellphones, but also smart cities, automobiles, healthcare and other sectors. It is now being understood by governments worldwide that 5G is very important and no country will benefit from being late to 5G, Amon said.

Unlike the deployment of 3G and 4G networks when China was behind other key markets, the country is now in the forefront of 5G transition with other leading economies, Amon said.

“I believe that is a sign of the maturity of the Chinese economy today,” he noted.

Optimistic about the progress of the Chinese mobile ecosystem, Amon noted that it is very consistent with the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

“As the mobile ecosystem follows the relationship and the expansion of the Chinese economy through all those different countries, it is likely to be very competitive in the transition to 5G,” Amon said.

He cited the examples of Chinese tech companies such as Xiaomi, OPPO and OnePlus. Phones of Xiaomi are now in the portfolio of virtually every operator in Europe, while OnePlus is growing in the US, which is traditionally a very difficult market.

“We have now two vibrant companies of China’s ecosystem in the US market, one is OnePlus and the other one is Motorola-Lenovo, with the new Razor being a great innovation in the market,” he said.

China’s mobile ecosystem will take the opportunity of the 5G transition to grow outside the country and establish a very strong position in the markets such as Southeast Asia, Latin America, Eastern and Western Europe and the US, Amon said.

Saying that he is “super excited” about Qualcomm’s business in China, Amon applauded the win-win cooperation between Qualcomm and its Chinese partners, such as Xiaomi, OPPO, OnePlus, Vivo and Motorola.

Amon called the cooperation an example of successful relationship between the two countries, adding that it allows Chinese partners to not only grow in domestic consumption, but also expand outside China with the BRI.

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According to the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology, 5G technology is expected to create more than 8 million jobs by 2030. Wikimedia Commons

“We are not backing down on our China cooperation. We’re increasing our cooperation in resources towards or partnerships in China in the 5G transition,” he said.

According to Amon, despite the current China-US trade frictions, Qualcomm’s business with China is increasing, rather than decreasing. “I expect that to continue in 2020 and 2021 as we go to this 5G transition,” he said.

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At the summit, Qualcomm unveiled two new 5G Snapdragon mobile platforms — Snapdragon 865 and 765/765G. It also announced the world’s first 5G-supported extended reality platform, modular 5G mobile platforms and new 3D sonic fingerprint technology.

Defining the role of Qualcomm as an enabler of mobile ecosystem and partnerships, Amon said that 5G has unlocked an era of the “Invention Age.” (IANS)