All posts by Hans Hartman

Hans Hartman is president of Suite 48 Analytics, the leading research and analysis firm for the mobile photography market and organizer of Mobile Photo Connect, a yearly industry conference about mobile photography.
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From Artificial Intelligence to Intelligent Imaging

Last year at Mobile World Congress I expected the buzz to be about smartphone innovations. Instead, what most people talked about was IoT, the Internet of Things. My highlight was brushing my teeth with the Oral-B Genius smart toothbrush at one of several sinks lined up in the company’s booth. The idea was: you plop your smartphone onto the mirror with a provided suction cup and the toothbrush’s position detection technology uses your smartphone’s camera as well as the brush’s motion sensors to track how…

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What Snapchat, GoPro and Giroptic have in common

At CES a few weeks ago, GoPro CEO Nick Woodman raised eyebrows by proclaiming that GoPro is being repositioned as a smartphone accessory company.  A few months earlier, photo app developer Snapchat announced a similarly surprising shift by repositioning itself as a camera company (to signify the move, the company changed its name to Snap).  Meanwhile, digital camera vendors are still struggling to be relevant for the mobile world where the vast majority of today’s photo engagement is occurring. So does it make sense for…

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2016 Mobile Photo Connect Awards go to Funimate, Keepy, Regaind, and Beamr

At Mobile Photo Connect 2016, the premier conference for executives and entrepreneurs in the mobile photography ecosystem, a panel of high-powered industry players presented the four Mobile Photo Connect Awards to the most outstanding among 31 products competing in the event’s three show-and-tell sessions. The Mobile Photo Connect 2016 Awards winners are: Best of Show Award: Funimate, by Funimate Best Business Potential Award: JPEGmini, by Beamr Best Technology Award: Keegan, by Regaind Special Recognition Award: Keepy, by Keepy Turkey-based Funimate offers a video editing app that enables users to create highly engaging videos,…

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Innovative entrepreneurs to participate in “The Future of Visual Storytelling” panel at Mobile Photo Connect

As an industry, we’re still grappling with the fact that today people primarily take photos with their smartphone, store them in many places (phone, cloud, tablet and PC) and expect the ability to share them in interesting ways with friends, family, or the world at large.  We’re still searching for the best ways to serve and monetize these fast-evolving demands through apps or services, and to figure out how our offerings must adapt to stay relevant in the months and years ahead. At Mobile Photo Connect…

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Facebook Head of Immersive Media Eric Cheng to share insights on the VR revolution at Mobile Photo Connect conference

Under the heading of “Pushing the photo and video boundaries,”Eric Cheng, Facebook’s Head of Immersive Media, will discuss his endeavors in VR and other transformative imaging technologies – including drone and light field photography – in a special fireside chat session at Mobile Photo Connect. The world’s premier conference for the mobile photo ecosystem will be held October 25 at the Presidio Golden Gate Club in San Francisco. Eric Cheng has been at the forefront of some of the most revolutionary imaging technology innovations of…

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Mobile Photo Connect announces its program and speaker lineup for October 25 San Francisco conference

Mobile Photo Connect, the leading forum where entrepreneurs, investors and senior executives gather to discuss the key technology and business issues driving the surge in mobile imaging and visual communication, announces its program and speaker lineup for its October 25 conference. The event’s theme, “Shaping the world of smart mobile imaging,” will be explored through a mix of presentations, panel discussions, and technology demonstrations: Fireside Chat Session How to get your photo app covered by the major hi-tech sites How to get your photo app covered by the…

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Freeing images from the page paradigm will change – yes – everything

We’ve all witnessed a scene like this: a toddler inspects a magazine and taps the paper, expecting to see a larger version of her favorite photo appear, just as it does on her smartphone. Soon, she’ll also expect the ability to navigate that photo – or video – from all angles, whether by tilting her viewing device or using a convenient headset that will also allow her to see it in 3D. Images are escaping the constraints of the page – whether physical or virtual…

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What’s next for visual story telling?

Meet Storyo, the Portuguese company that is committed to revolutionize the way visual content is created and shared The future of visual story telling session at Mobile Photo Connect this year will feature Filipe Vasconcellos, CEO of Storyo, a startup that is tackling the challenges involved in building and sharing visual memories. To learn more about this startup’s technology we interviewed Manuel Costa, the company’s CTO. Why did you create Storyo? Back in 2014,  we developed our first algorithms for solving what we realized to…

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Moving beyond the ”top ranking or perish” app world

With more and more photo and video apps listed in the iTunes and Google Play stores (around 80K at this point, more than double the number of two years ago), it’s no surprise that breaking into the app stores’ top rankings is getting harder and harder. But it’s not just a matter of so many apps vying for the coveted top store rankings. In today’s app stores the best recipe for an app to achieve high download numbers… is to have high download numbers and…

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In-app purchasing options: monetization vs. user ratings

Photo app developers can monetize their apps in a variety of ways, such as by charging for the app, placing ads, selling photo print products, or offering extra features through in-app purchasing (IAP) options. For our recently published we took a deep-dive into the IAP patterns of the top-ranking apps from the US Google Play and Apple iTunes stores in the free Android, paid Android, grossing Android, free iOS, paid iOS, and grossing iOS apps categories. First of all, we found that IAP is on…

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