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.
Apple Store

WWDC takeaways: lots of great news for photo app developers, but one major puzzler

The photo app developers I spoke with are overwhelmingly excited about a range of WWDC announcements, even though one of these dumbfounded several developers. We’ll get into that one later; let’s start with the four most exciting announcements. ARKit: making mixed reality easier to create and more realistic to view Apple’s OS 11 developer ARKit enables developers to build mixed reality apps that interpret the imagery from the user’s iPhone camera by identifying surfaces, tracking motion, estimating scale as well as ambient lighting, and by providing fast and…

Read More »

1378558999_74243c9a4a_lens

Move over Snap: Facebook is the camera company to beat

It’s the platform, stupid Just as the world finally figured out why Snap relabeled itself as a camera company, last week Facebook proclaimed it’s not just a camera company, it’s a camera company built on the world’s ambitious augmented reality platform. Let’s add some perspectives to their F8 announcements: Recently, Facebook has put its camera front and center in its various properties (not just Instagram, but also Facebook, Messenger, and WhatsApp). For instance, in Messenger, this changed the traditional texting workflow, which normally starts with…

Read More »

6095265888_4cf678d2b0_gears

The unstoppable rise of Stories

Pictures may be worth a thousand words, but visual stories must be worth more by some mega-factor, judging by the success of Snapchat’s Stories feature and Instagram’s copycatted Stories equivalent, as well as the relentless pace and determination with which Facebook is rolling out “Stories” in all its properties (Facebook Stories, Instagram Stories, WhatsApp Status, and its recently announced Messenger Day). So what are Stories? Stories are akin to slideshows, consisting of video clips, photos, text, animations, or various graphics, which can be shared with selected…

Read More »

6798949674_a537603341_Mobile-World-Congress-17

The five most interesting product launches at Mobile World Congress (Barcelona) and Business Forum Imaging (Cologne)

Nostalgia, minimalistic product design, and a new approach for connecting DSLRs to the cloud Mobile World Congress Nokia 3310 – As discussed previously, today’s infatuation with instant printing reflects consumers’ desires – not just for instant and more personal ways to share their photos, but also for nostalgic retro products. At Mobile World Congress, Nokia (actually HMD Global, the company licensing the Nokia brand) announced the Nokia 3310, a modern variation of the iconic Nokia feature phone. Light – While the Nokia announcement got all the attention, a startup called Light (not to be…

Read More »

6395098657_35d58e579d_iphone

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…

Read More »

6738237287_a006a75f4a_cameras

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…

Read More »

14293420750_ec230d630a_Mobile-Photo

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,…

Read More »

10575730845_239d9c2695_iphone-7

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…

Read More »

10770529903_3023abd709_immersive

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…

Read More »

8118630980_f0c0fcf151_conference

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…

Read More »