A HuaweiGoogle smart speaker was reportedly being developed before the US ban

first_img Post a comment In addition to adding Huawei to the entity list, Trump at the same time signed an executive order essentially banning the company in light of national security concerns that Huawei had close ties with the Chinese government. Huawei has repeatedly denied that charge. Following the blacklisting, Google locked Huawei out of its Android updates, though the Commerce Department granted it a three-month general license in late May to update existing devices. Likely as a result, Huawei at the end of May moved to trademark the name of its own operating system, “Hongmeng,” in Peru. Huawei and Google declined to comment.First published at 2:14 p.m. PT on July 29. Updated at 2:53 p.m. PT: Huawei declined to comment; July 30 at 1:26 p.m. PT: Google declined to comment Huawei ban: Full timeline on how and why its phones are under fire Huawei secretly helped build North Korea’s wireless network, leaked documents suggest Huawei 5G ban could spread further How 5G got tied up in a trade war between Trump and China Tags The Huawei ban 0 1:23 Huawei’s P30 looks like fantastic forbidden fruit Smart Home Mobile Smart Speakers & Displays 18 Photos Share your voice Huawei was reportedly working on a smart speaker with Google. Angela Lang/CNET Huawei and Google were co-developing a smart speaker before the Chinese tech giant was blacklisted and banned in the US, according to a new report. Work on the smart home product was halted in May, The Information said Monday, citing several sources. Huawei was blacklisted in May when it was added to the United States’ “entity list,” But US companies will be able to sell equipment to Huawei, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross confirmed earlier this month, if they get licenses when there’s no threat to national security. Last week, US President Donald Trump reportedly agreed to award licensing deals between American companies and Chinese tech giant Huawei in a “timely” way. The Huawei smart speaker would have been powered by Google Assistant and been unveiled in September and sold in the US, The Information said.  “We worked on this project with Google for a year and made a lot of progress. Then everything suddenly stopped,” a Huawei employee reportedly said.  Google Huawei Now playing: Watch this: Huawei’s homegrown OS faces a steep uphill climblast_img read more

4 Industries That Are Undergoing Revolutions

first_img 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. September 7, 2016 Technology is always moving forward; the various industries that utilize those tools typically aren’t very far behind. And while just about every industry is shifting in some form or fashion, a few are poised to undergo significant change.Related: How Technology Along With Innovation is Helping Entrepreneurs Build Successful Startups4 Industries in flux — the biggest kind No industry ever rests in place, but some clearly move faster than others. If you’ve spent any time studying technology trends and predictions, you may be aware that the following four industries are moving forward at lightning pace. But, do you know why?1. Home Automation One of the fastest-moving segments in the marketplace is the home automation — or “smart” home — industry. By 2022, the home automation system market is expected to be worth roughly $78.27 billion. That’s a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.46 percent, from this year through 2022.Much of the growth in this industry is rooted in safety, security, and environmentally friendly solutions that reduce energy dependence and keep more money in the pockets of homeowners. We’re watching companies invest billions of dollars into such items as smart locks, wireless video surveillance devices, energy-efficient appliances, customizable lighting and more.The interesting thing about the home automation industry is that the technological infrastructure already exists. So do a flurry of companies, getting into this area. “But the biggest hurdle facing smart home companies today isn’t other companies — it’s a lack of consumer understanding and education,” Greg Roberts, vice president of marketing at Icontrol Networks, said in his guest blog on CTA Tech.“To overcome that hurdle, companies need to band together and technologies must operate together seamlessly so consumers can pick and choose the devices that best fit their needs,” Roberts said. In other words, it’s marketplace adoption that is currently holding the industry back from the massive explosion that’s bound to happen sooner rather than later.Just how long it will take for consumers to jump on board is yet to be seen.Related: Shiny New Gadgets to Smart Homes and Beyond: A CES 2015 Preview2. The sleep industryCompared to home automation, the sleep industry may seem boring and archaic, but I can assure you that it is not. There’s a lot of technology and innovation that goes into developing sleep solutions which allow people to fall asleep, stay asleep and wake up refreshed.“I think that within the next five-to-ten years we are going to see technology play a bigger role in sleep optimization,” Michael Hughes, founder and CEO of PlushBeds said in an interview with Mattress Clarity. “More and more today, we see new technology implemented into everyday household items which improve our quality of life.”By 2019, experts have suggested, the global market for sleep aids will reach a whopping $76.7 billion. That’s a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.6 percent. The sleep apnea segment of the market alone is expected to grow at an 11.3 percent CAGR.Entrepreneur Moe Kittaneh has been tracking the industry for some time and says he expects tools and tactics such as mobile phone apps, wearable activity trackers, customizable mattresses and even innovative medical therapies to continue to improve in the coming years.3. Retail The retail industry has also undergone a significant amount of change in the past decade. The introduction of ecommerce as a serious threat to brick-and-mortar shopping has caused massive ripples; and large and small companies alike are being forced to pivot and shift in new directions.In 2016, the novelty of online shopping has worn off and the retail industry is finally able to breathe again. Ecommerce is now a staple in the industry, and we’re beginning to see new technologies and innovation respond.For multi-channel retailers, “click-and-collect” shopping is another trend that has become quite popular. Merchants like Kohl’s, Walmart and Home Depot let customers shop online, place an order and then pick it up in store. But we’re seeing some companies take this to an entirely new level.“Nordstrom is also looking into using mobile to streamline the in-store pickup experience,” notes VendHQ.com. “In May 2015,” the site pointed out, “the retailer started testing a service that lets customers text or call their Nordstrom associate as they near the store. The store employee will then head down and meet the customer outside, so they won’t even have to get out of their car.”On the ecommerce side of things, retailers are becoming increasingly reliant on analytics and finding strategic ways to utilize the information they now have. As a result, they’re able to customize shopping experiences and deliver more meaningful information and offers to individual customers.4. Travel We can’t overlook the travel industry. There’s a lot happening there and consumers are the direct beneficiaries of an evolving system that prioritizes convenience, speed and specialization.One of the major trends here is a move toward mobile-first. From finding and reserving airline flights on your phone, to actually using that same device as your boarding pass, this space has a lot happening.In Australia, we’re even seeing the possibility of biometric cloud passports that would totally eliminate the need to carry around the traditional booklet. The technology — which lets travelers simply swipe their finger across a scanner — already exists. Right now, it’s a matter of getting the right approval and creating a global system that will allow for paperless passports.It’s also impossible to deny the steady growth associated with alternative travel accommodations. No longer are commercialized hotels the only option.Thanks to sites like Airbnb and Home Away, travelers have the ability to find cost-effective and personalized solutions in just about any city. This personalization makes traveling more comfortable and affordable for millions of people around the world.Finally, better wifi and more in-flight technology are changing the convenience of flying. Instead of being wasted time, flying — especially for business travelers — is now barely any different from sitting in the office.Keeping an eye on the future What does the future hold for these industries? If we knew the answer, we’d all be pretty wealthy investors. What we can be fairly certain about, though, is that home automation, sleep, retail and travel are all being revolutionized from the inside out.Related: From Innovative Trains To Bar-Coded Tickets, 15 Things That Will Make Your Rail Travel EasyThe industries you see today will look much different three, five and ten years down the road. From both a consumer and entrepreneurial perspective, this is more than exciting to watch. Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

How User Behavior Is Scoring Points in the Gaming Industry and Could

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. How Success Happens Listen Now December 15, 2017 5 min read Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. If you think the gaming industry is represented by the somewhat pathetic image of a 35-year-old male playing Age of Empires in his mother’s basement, you are sorely mistaken, because gaming is so much more than that. Related: How Technology Will Change the Future of Gaming IndustryIn fact, this $78.61 billion industry is a poster child for modern engineering, typically adopting new technologies before other sectors do and showing itself to be one of today’s most successful industries when it comes to understanding its customers (who, yes, are typically 35-year-old men).Indeed, gaming is a technology powerhouse constantly investing in more and more powerful machines and infrastructure. That investment has created a global ecosystem of gamers and communities responsible for generating for this sector more earnings than either movies or music.So, what does the future hold for gaming? “Strong growth will continue as more online casinos open in China and other Asian countries,” predicts NewZoo, an online games market research group. “Established markets have reached maturity and have less room for revenue growth, [meaning that] new markets will open up and increase access to gaming activities.”Today’s gaming industry, in short, is still managing to grow those margins by getting smart with data. And while big data in gaming has been around for years, only recently have AI-powered SaaS platforms been able to achieve user-focused behavioral analysis.The next phase of gaming software advancements, then, will likely rely heavily on integrating behavioral analytics to understand gamers’ tendencies and preferences. Games empowered with that kind of information can be calibrated in real time to hold user attention, increase purchases and grow the bottom line, all of which are tactics I’ve covered on my podcast.Behavioral analyticsThe goal of behavioral analytics is to identify what behaviors cause what actions. What steps did the user take before he or she made an in-app purchase? Was there a point in the game that turned the user off or caused a loss in interest? How long will a user play without winning before he or she quits?This type of path analysis, attached to a time frame, is allowing game marketers to create better user experiences.Reated: 3 Growth Strategies for Mobile Gaming“Today’s current measure of KPIs in gaming are only the headlines about your players,” Dan Schoenbaum, CEO of Cooladata, a behavioral analytics platform for online gaming, said on my podcast. “The people who manage games today already need to leverage behavioral analytics. They experience a large number of players who play on free, so the ability to convert them to a paying player is huge. If you understand user behavior, you can drive up retention, which is absolutely crucial.”Optimization for retentionGame-developers don’t just want someone to download or play their game once; they want the game played again, and again, and again. Long-term engagement creates loyalty, and that is the best way to gain a competitive edge.To achieve long-term engagement, analytics and tools must be in place to measure player engagement over a period of days, weeks or other time period; they must also be accessible and easy to understand.Schoenbaum recommends looking at user behavior through the lens of product optimization: “Following user paths, combined with specific time frames, allows game managers to glean new insights for different players, optimize their path and increase conversion rates,” Schoenbaum told me.Predicting, to be proactiveAt this point, gaming companies’ data warehouses and customer databases contain a wealth of data. Not only is that data valuable for analyzing past user behavior, but it’s valuable for game marketers, to shine a light on consumer patterns. Insights like these indicate who will purchase again, how much they’ll spend and the churn rate for those customers overall.A recent illustration of the future of predictive analytics comes from the partnership between Zodiac, a cloud-based software platform provider, and Tophouse Media, a digital media company. A match-up like theirs aims to bring predictive analytics to game marketers so they can better understand their customers and fine-tune their planning and forecasting.Moves like this across the industry also allow gaming operators to be more accurate and precise in their marketing strategies, while reducing spend and maximizing return.Identifying issues  Another intriguing aspect of predictive analytics is its capability to predict abuse or addiction — related to gaming in terms of the problem of gambling addiction. Understanding customers with this problem, in fact, is one of the top uses for today’s analytics activity.A leading money-gaming company in Europe, Pentaho, is an example: It’s using big data and predictive analytics to create a “360-view of customers, which, among other things, helps to identify those customers who show signs of gambling addiction.”As our world becomes increasingly more digital, identifying technology will play a significant role in moderating game mechanics.Leveraging data to stay aheadOnline games must have a unique user experience, but they also need back-end support to iterate quickly and cater to individual users.“Gaming is a hyper-competitive industry, and those who succeed are implementing unique identification capabilities, people-based approaches, and proactive behavioral campaigns,” Schoenbaum said.Related: Infographic: The Gaming IndustryIn sum, deploying analytics has transformed most brands and entire industries into tech companies. This billion dollar industry is expected to generate 2,857 petabytes of data per month in 2018. So, game marketers that take the time to understand that 35-year-old man in his mom’s basement will actually cross the threshold into a lucrative online gaming platform.last_img read more