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.
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.
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.
Droid Maxx 2 Boasts 2-Day Battery Life
Motorola and Verizon today announced the Droid Maxx 2, which claims to offer people "maximum battery life" thanks to the 3630mAh power cell. The Maxx 2 provides 48 hours of use, and the TurboCharge feature can provide 8 hours of battery life after just 15 minutes plugged into a charger.