Wednesday, August 15, 2018

AI Is Making Mobile Life Easier

Not too long ago, artificial intelligence (AI) seems like an idea from a distant, unreachable future. In old sci-fi flicks, AI is often portrayed as robots—mostly evil robots that will bring havoc to the world. But, AI means so much more. It has even evolved into an everyday companion that complements human lifestyle.  

In mobile technology, global smartphone brand Vivo is among the companies that maximized AI in its recent flagship units. But this concept is not new. AI was theorized decades ago after it was introduced by American computer scientist pioneer and inventor John McCarthy at the Dartmouth Summer Research Project on Artificial Intelligence in 1956. The conference was formed to discuss ideas on what they called thinking machines. He was eventually named the Father of AI. 

McCarthy eventually became part of the Stanford University’s Computer Science Department and published a document breaking down his understanding of AI.  He wrote in 2007 that AI is the science and engineering of making intelligent machines or intelligent computer programs. In other words, AI will try to understand, simulate, and mimic human intelligence. McCarthy then said some of the applications of AI include game playing, speech recognition, understanding natural language, computer vision, expert systems, and heuristic classification. 

Fast forward to 2018, AI has already penetrated various fields including the smartphone industry that basically touched on McCarthy’s defined applications of AI to make mobile life much easier. 

Strategy Analytics Inc., a company that provides data and analysis, business consulting, advisory, and strategic market research services on a global scale, estimated that smartphone processors with on-device AI functionality such as Qualcomm grew almost three-fold year-over-year in the first quarter of 2018. 

For instance, the latest Vivo NEX launched is equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Octa Core 2.8 GHz. This has the 3rd Generation Hexagon™ 685 DSP that supports on-device AI processing to deliver richer camera, voice, XR, and gaming experiences. 

Meanwhile, Vivo’s latest flagship smartphone in the Philippines, the Vivo X21, is run by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 AIE Octacore 2.2 GHz (4 core) + 1.8 GHz (4 core). This chipset has an AI-powered engine with Hexagon Vector Processor, Adreno GPU, and Kryo CPU. It also has software features that make on-device AI experiences possible in camera, audio, security, and gaming.

Going beyond the AI-powered chipsets, Vivo’s first flagship smartphone in 2018 was the V9 with a 24-megapixel AI front camera. The selfie camera allowed users to maximize every shot with the use of various AI features like the Face Beauty, the AR Stickers, and Selfie Lighting. 

The integration of AI and mobile technology proved that the rise of AI should not be something to be afraid of. Now that AI is becoming ubiquitous in smartphones, one can’t help but ask, what are the next developments users should look forward to? # 

About Vivo
A global smartphone brand focused on introducing perfect sound quality and ultimate photography with cutting-edge technology, Vivo develops innovative and stylish products for young people. We now have over two hundred million users and are one of the preferred brands of young people around the world. As an Official Sponsor of the FIFA World Cup™, Vivo believes in the importance of encouraging young people to embrace self-expression and an energetic lifestyle.  In the Philippines, Vivo is the top 3 smartphone brand in terms of market share with 1.5 million users nationwide.   

For inquiries about Vivo, visit the Vivo website at or check out their Facebook (, Instagram (, and Twitter ( accounts.

Thai's highest-grossing him ”Brother Of The Year" opens September 5 in PH

Ranked as #1 in Thai box offices and across Asia, romcom movie "Brother of the Year" hits Philippine cinemas on September 5, 2018. The movie is directed by Vithaya Thongyuyong (My Girl, The Little Comedian) and stars Thai heartthrob Sunny Suwanmethanont, Nichkhun Horvejkul of Korean boy band 2PM and TV actress Urassaya 'Yaya" Sperbund.

"Brother of the Year” is a unique romcom turn family drama that reveals how a straight-A younger sister Jane (Yaya Sperbund) lives with her brother Chut (Sunny Suwanmethanont). While enjoying his wild bachelor life, Chut will need to learn to take care of himself when Jane is about to get married to her half-lapanese boyfriend, Moji (Nichkhun Howejkul). Siblings have an unbreakable bond and that love for family can only resolve all indifferences. ”Brother of the Year” takes on a realistic portrayal of the meddling problem of an older brother who acts as a nemesis to his sisters that a lot of people will be able to relate to some if not all aspects of the story and learn something from this heartwarming film.

In Thailand, “Brother of the Year” gamers in about 250 Million Baht (approximately 7.8 million USD) and touted as the highest-grossing Thai movie that has been released across Asia. The movie has also been no.1 in every country where it was released for the opening week including the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. After producing the mega hit "Bad Genius" last year, Thai production studio GDH hopes to follow the international success of high school heist thriller, which became a historic hit in China, earning $41 million. “Brother of the Year" is set to premiere in China soon.

In the Philippines, the media and fans graciously welcomed the cast, including Sunny, Chanchalerm Manasaporn and director Vithaya Thongyuyong during a Press Can and advance screening on August 16, 2018. From the film's laugh-out-loud moments to drama about communication breakdown, comedy-drama “Brother of The Year" promises to take sibling rivalry toawhole new level.

Find out what's going to happen to the savage brother who constantly meddles in his young sister's perfect love life! "Brother of The Year" opens in cinemas nationwide on September 5, 2018 supported by Tourism Authority of Thailand. Special thanks to Marco Polo Hotel Ortigas, Regenestem, SM Megamall and SM Cinemas; and to our media partners Magic 89.9, 99.5 PlayFM and CinemaBravo.

For more information, you may visit on Facebook or follow #BrotherOfTheYearPH. 


Get your curtsies in check as CDM Entertainment brings you one of today’s most sought after Lakorn royalties! For the first time ever, Manila fans will have the chance to meet his royal highness, Sattaphong “Tao” Phiangphor at Prince Tao: The Royal Fan Gathering, happening on September 23, 2018 at Cinema 6, SM North EDSA.


After her sold-out Manila concert…

Maymay Entrata, the MOR Pinoy Music Awards 2018 Song Of The Year winner for “Shanawa,” is taking Baguio and Cebu by storm on September 14 and October 19, respectively, for the continuation of the highly anticipated “The Dream Tour Maymay in Concert” series. 

Maymay’s sold-out concert, her first-ever solo major show held last February 23 at the Kia Theatre, led the singer-actress to “The Dream Tour,” a Star Events production which commenced at Imus Sports Complex in Cavite last April 13.


It’s here!
“Crazy” (International Remix) by MiMi featuring Nomad, Krayzie Bone and our very own Shanti Dope 🔥


Selena Gomez and Andy Samberg return to the roles of Dracula’s daughter Mavis and her human husband Johnny in Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation, after the great experience of working on the previous two films of the franchise.

In Samberg’s words: “I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the first movie, because it genuinely made me laugh and entertained me.”


Warner Bros.’ new romantic comedy “Crazy Rich Asians” takes a fun, engaging and hilarious look at what can happen when young love collides with old money.

Singapore’s favorite son, Nick Young (Henry Golding), proudly brings his beautiful and successful New Yorker girlfriend Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) home for a meet-and-greet, but the family dynamics aren’t quite what she expects.  For Rachel, what starts as a dream romantic holiday with the man she adores becomes a battle to remain true to herself and her roots, while holding her own against picture-perfect backstabbing rivals and a prospective mother-in-law who thinks this modern American girl will never measure up.


An epic adventure set in the last Ice Age, Columbia Pictures’ ALPHA tells a fascinating, visually stunning story that shines a light on the origins of man’s best friend. While on his first hunt with his tribe’s most elite group, a young man is injured and must learn to survive alone in the wilderness. Reluctantly taming a lone wolf abandoned by its pack, the pair learn to rely on each other and become unlikely allies, enduring countless dangers and overwhelming odds in order to find their way home before winter arrives.

OPPO F9 Elevates Smartphone Standard with Revolutionary VOOC Flash Charge, 6GB RAM, and Gradient Body Design

5-minute charge, 2-hour talk charging fit for a digital savvy Filipino lifestyle

Global smartphone innovator OPPO revealed today its latest product in the Philippines—the OPPO F9. Unveiled during the grand launch at Shangri-la at the Fort, the OPPO F9 has made breakthroughs in fast charging, dual rear cameras, and design. The event was also graced by OPPO’s celebrity endorsers Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto and influencers Robi Domingo, Glaiza De Castro, Sanya Lopez and Gretchen Ho.

Breakthrough in charging: Rapid charge with VOOC
The OPPO F9 offers the revolutionary VOOC Flash Charge Technology. This technology is exclusively developed by OPPO and provides a charging speed of up to four times faster than regular charging. This means that a quick 5-minute charge is enough to enable 2 hours of talk time. 

VOOC also boasts an intelligent five-layer protection system from the adaptor to the port and interior of the phone. VOOC replaced the voltage reducing circuit with an MCU, effectively preventing the mobile phone from overheating while charging and making VOOC an ingenious, fast charging technology. You can also use your phone while keeping the speed of fast charging, which high voltage fast charge cannot do.

Since OPPO launched VOOC in 2014, VOOC has gained over 500 patents and has been used by over 90 million consumers. Equipped with a 3500mAh battery and optimized AI battery management, F9 can guarantee great battery life.

Breakthrough design: Waterdrop screen with gradient colors

OPPO F9 offers a unique and attractive design that appeal greatly to the younger generation. It boasts of three stunning gradient color combinations-- Sunrise Red, Twilight Blue and Starry Purple. A special spraying technique is used to achieve the refined gradient partnered with flower petal pattern in the phone’s body.Another notable design upgrade in the F9 is the Waterdrop screen. Inspired by the water droplet, it allows users to have better viewing experience with an extremely high screen-to-body ratio of 90.8%. The OPPO F9 also has an impressive 6.3-inch bezel-less screen that features a resolution of 2340x1080 and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9.

Breakthrough in photography: From Selfie Expert to Portrait Artist

OPPO has established itself as the selfie expert with the unprecedented innovation in the F Series. With the F9, OPPO expands its leadership to photography. The OPPO F9 is the first in the F series to be equipped with AI-enhanced dual rear cameras (16MP + 2MP). The two cameras work together to create a depth of field and achieve a great Bokeh effect. Sixteen independent and 800 combined scenes can be recognized by AI Scene Recognition.

OPPO F9’s 25MP front-facing camera also does not disappoint. The re-invented 'Sensor-HDR' technology dramatically improves backlight selfies and allows users to check high dynamic exposure live effects in real-time. OPPO F9 can now also accurately collect 296 feature points for each subject, referencing them against its massive database of facial images and analyzing features before making enhancements that are customized for each subject. The AI Beauty Technology can provide users with 8 million different beautification effects, personalizing selfies in the most attractive way possible while keeping the natural look of each human subject.  In addition, the F9 supports multiple interesting camera features such as AR Stickers, vivid mode and slow-motion video.

Breakthrough in experience: 6GB RAM + 64GB storage with ColorOS 5.2 AI intuitive system
OPPO F9 sets the new standard in mid-range smartphones with its 6GB RAM + 64GB storage that promises a superb performance. It also supports two sim cards slots and one 256GB storage card slot.

Based on Android 8.1, OPPO brings the ColorOS 5.2 Operating System to create a smarter and more intuitive experience for users. ColorOS 5.2 analyzes and aggregates user preferences and interests to enable F9 to be “One Step Ahead”. The F9 is also equipped with the Google Lens that identifies objects and shows relevant search results and information.

“The launch of the OPPO F9 serves as a major milestone for the company as it debuts world’s first technologies like the VOOC Flash Charge, gradient body, and waterdrop screen design,” OPPO Philippines’ Vice President of Marketing Jane Wan said. “It has also made leaps in its rear and front cameras, hardware, and overall user experience, which we know are very important features for Filipino smartphone users. The F9 represents how our consumers inspire the brand to push boundaries and develop innovations that not only carve out trends in a technology-driven world, but also help these consumers make the most of their digitally savvy lifestyles.”

OPPO F9 will be initially available in Sunrise Red and Twilight Blue for PHP 17,990 (6GB RAM). Additionally, consumers may avail via Home Credit at 0% interest for 9 months. It is also available with Smart at GigaX Plan 1299. Pre-order starts August 24, 2018 until August 30, 2018 where customers can get freebies worth up to PHP 3,490.

For more information on OPPO’s exciting products and activities, like OPPO Philippines’ official Facebook page and follow @OPPOPhilippines on Twitter and Instagram.

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