Qualcomm and Nokia Siemens Advance Smartphone Battery Life
Qualcomm and Nokia Siemens Networks have collaborated on technology that should help improve smartphone battery life as well as reduce the signaling traffic from devices to wireless networks. The current technology, called Fast Dormancy, has been for smartphones to rapidly disconnect from the network once information is sent or received to preserve battery life. The problem with this solution is that the devices are constantly connecting to and disconnecting from the network, which wastes network resources. The new solution, called Cell_PCH, solves this problem by putting phones into a battery-preserving idle state, but maintaining a connection identity on the network. What Qualcomm and Nokia Siemens Networks have achieved is the first interoperability test of the new 3GPP standardized Release 8 Fast Dormancy feature in conjunction with Cell_PCH across different vendors. The end result will eventually lead to longer-lasting smartphone batteries.
Huawei Claims to Charge Battery 50% In 5 Mins
Huawei has revealed a new technique for charging batteries that is up to 10 times faster than existing methods. Huawei bonded heteroatoms to graphite molecules.
MIT Spinout Claims to Double Battery Life
A company called SolidEnergy Systems, a spinout from MIT, says it has new battery technology that will double the life of lithium-based power cells. The breakthrough involves a battery that replaces the traditional graphite anode with a thin, lithium-metal foil.
iOS 9 Improves Battery Life
Apple's iOS 9 will boost iPhone battery life in two ways. A new low-power mode can be switched on to extend battery life up to three hours, according to the company.
Moto X Play Boasts Better Battery Life
Motorola today showed off a variant of the Moto X called the Moto X Play, which indulges a 3,630mAh battery with Quick Charge technology. Motorola says the handset can last two days on a charge, and can gather 8 hours of battery life with just 15 minutes of charging.
Snapdragon Wear 1200 Platform Targets Simpler Wearables
Qualcomm today announced the Snapdragon Wear 1200 Platform, a new system-on-a-chip that is meant for personal fitness and tracking devices more so than smartwatches. The 1200 consumes just 79 square millimeters of space and relies on a 1.3 GHz ARM Cortex A7 processor core with an integrated Cat-M1, NB1, and eGPRS multi-mode modem.