If you’ve witnessed a smartphone launch this year, I’m pretty sure you must’ve heard company executives talk about how they’ve used Artificial Intelligence (AI) to make their smartphones better at just about everything. From simple tasks to charging batteries more efficiently to more complex tasks like showing you relevant information on the basis of a multitude of factors like your preferences and location amongst others, artificial intelligence has weaved its way in and how.
Artificial Intelligence is at the heart of a lot of smartphones that we witness on a day-to-day basis. There are two facets to AI - Machine Learning (ML) & Deep Learning. While machine learning gives the smartphone the ability to learn and improve from data, deep learning aims to emulate the human brain and is more advanced and nuanced than the former.
Currently, AI has been implemented in a wide range of services from Google Maps to voice assistants like Siri, Google Assistant and Cortana that learn your preferences over time and tailor content that is just suited for you. With AI-dedicated smartphone chips, smartphones can now process AI computations locally and at a much faster rate than ever before. Now phones are capable of identifying the differences between a dog and food while taking a photograph, increase security and battery life, optimise software settings automatically and tailor your content consumption according to your needs.
Face unlock and real-time language translation are two other avenues that have particularly benefited with AI. With the help of AI and ML, real-time translation now happens in the phone itself, even without an internet connection, instead of uploading them online to analyse text. AI has also helped face recognition get better over time by identifying a user’s face with facial changes like beard, spectacles and cuts and bruises over a period of time.
In the coming days, AI and ML will penetrate into our phones and lives even deeper. With the ability to collect, store, and process all the real-time data, AI will be able to deliver experiences that are even more personal and useful. The future possibilities of AI are very exciting, especially when it comes to health. It could keep a track of our diet, blood pressure and other signs and keep both your doctor and you updated about any anomalies in the normal functioning of your body if any. AI will also help with smarter tasks that help you organise your day depending on traffic, weather, meetings and other factors without you even having to ask.
While AI is going to get more exciting and useful in the future, it is already powering a lot of smartphones in today’s day and age. Here are some of the best smartphones that make use of AI in one aspect or the other.
Apple iPhone XS
The much-loved Apple iPhone XS is at the forefront of AI computation on mobile, thanks to probably the most advanced SoC ever in a phone; the A12 Bionic chip. Apart from the hexa-core CPU & the quad-core GPU, the octa-core Neural Engine (a dedicated machine learning processor) is what sets the phone apart from the rest. This neural engine can perform 5 trillion operations per second and powers a wealth of features that make the iPhone what it is. For example, when you take a picture, the neural engine-accelerated algorithms attempt to figure the scene and distinguish the subject from the background. This AI-informed understanding of the image is what gives the perfect portrait image with natural-looking background blur.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 9
The Galaxy Note 9 is a beast of a phone and is another smartphone that displays some excellent AI applications. Starting off with the Bixby 2.0, Samsung’s take at a smart voice assistant has excelled at some particularly complex task like language processing and the ability to carry out a chain of instructions. Tasks like “Open the Play Store and search for Facebook and install it” and “Open the gallery in split-screen view along with WhatsApp” can easily be followed by the assistant. Bixby Vision is another exciting feature that lets a user do a variety of features by just pointing the camera at various things. It can scan barcodes, show calories by just pointing at food, identify objects and redirect you to a site where you can buy it amongst other features.
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OPPO R17 Pro
The recently launched OPPO R17 Pro is a gorgeous phone that is beautiful and meaningful both inside and out. The R17 Pro uses Artificial Intelligence to enhance the camera experience. While taking night shots or even portraits, the camera identifies the kind of scene with the help of AI. Once identified, it enhances the images with the help of software and overcomes the camera hardware limitations. The AI engine identifies 23 types of independent scenes and over 800 scene combinations. The AI Album is another avenue where the R17 Pro showcases its AI capabilities. The gallery application uses Artificial Intelligence to sort images and videos based on people, places, location and a variety of other factors.
Samsung Galaxy A9
The Samsung Galaxy A9 is the first phone in the world to feature a quad-camera setup at the back. The quad-camera setup of the Galaxy A9 consists of a 10-megapixel telephoto lens, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, a 5-megapixel depth sensor and a regular 24-megapixel main sensor. While the hardware is responsible for capturing great images, it’s a combination of AI and ML that makes these images even better. The A9 uses artificial intelligence to control the sensors and automatically optimises the image capturing to get the best shot possible. The A9 also uses AI to warn you if the previous picture you clicked had a problem of any sort (like eye blinks and blurry shots).
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