LG has confirmed a new version of its imaging-centric LG V30 smartphone for MWC later this month, boasting a pair of new AI technologies
Known individually Vision AI and Voice AI, the new phone will boast image recognition skills, while adding some new and exclusive Google Assistant voice commands.
The new Vision AI technology automatically analyses the scene to recommend one of eight shooting modes.
LG says the angles, colours, reflections, backlighting and saturation levels are measured against a database of 100 million images when automatically selecting portrait, food, pet, landscape, city, flower, sunrise, or sunset modes.
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As rumoured in recent weeks, the new system will also have the ability to scan QR codes and recognise items for a new visual shopping feature that provides users with the lowest price.
What is Voice AI?
In terms of Voice AI, it includes 32 LG-exclusive Google Assistant commands , which is up from 23 commands last year.
LG says its ‘allows users to run apps and change settings through voice commands alone’ without delving into the menus.
Here’s the list of new commands for 2018, with the specific “OK Google” voice commands to be confirmed: Panoramic photo, food photo, time-lapse Photo (Video), slow-motion video, low-light photo, AI Cam photo, image search, QR code scanning, shopping search.
You can see 2017’s commands below:
The addition of new AI skills appear to be the signature additions to the 2018 V30. They’ll augment the existing dual lenses, wide-angle low-distortion lenses, and the all-glass Crystal Clear lens tech available on the current model.
Will current V30 owners get these features too? LG is yet to clarify. In a press release on Tuesday it said: “Certain AI features will not be limited to new LG models only, but also to existing LG smartphones via over-the-air updates, taking into consideration various hardware specifications and stability of LG smartphone models for maximum user experience.”
Given the current V30 boasts the same cameras, we’d speculate there’ll be no problem pushing the 2018 updates to current owners.
We’ll be going hands on with the new V30 at MWC later this month and will endeavour to get this question answered. The firm is yet to announce other hardware refinements, but we’ll find out for sure in Barcelona.
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