The Era Of Poor Battery Life Is Almost Over, New Chips Are Looking To Preserve Battery Life On Devices

by Roy Alugbue on
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It’s one thing for chipmakers to promise great battery life on devices, but it’s another thing to actually see it in reality. Thanks to the energy-efficient DROID RAZR MAXX, it’s made us re-think how we should look at battery life on our devices. As PhoneArena put it best, battery life comes down to simply three things: the display, phone’s radios and the processor. As each evolve, we can see some sort of improvement on the battery life, even if its minimal.

The new architectures of the various chipsets are well on their way to changing the idea that Androids can’t have great, if not good battery life. You may remember how we highlighted the sexy Nvidia Tegra 3 processor which not only efficiently manages tasks such as emailing or watching videos by dedicating them to a core processor, but it has a specific low-level core which is specifically tasked with operating the battery at the most efficient level. Chip manufacturer ARM is following suit by developing a dual core chip featuring one low-power A7 core and another high performance A15.  In this setup, the processor can choose which core to use— for example using the A7 for basic apps like emailing and texting.  When users are doing something more demanding such as playing a 3D game or streaming HD video, the processor can automatically switch to the A15 for more power. Perhaps the most intriguing development is coming from Qualcomm. The manufacturer is currently developing a solution called “Consia” where the processor can learn a user’s habits such as when the user uses the device most and when it is not used,  the device would then automatically adjust its settings based off of its users habits– such as when to gather and push data and when to shut it down and sleep when you sleep. In addition, the chip would learn when and where WiFi is available, without the need for additional apps. Neat isn’t it?

Ladies and gentlemen, the era of poor battery life on Androids are soon to be over. Let the games begin!

source: PhoneArena
via: AllThingsD

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Categorized as Android Development, Android Manufacturers

  • Hinds2009

    That is very neat! It bodes well for battery life on Android smart phones!

  • Anonymous

    I’m definitely interested in seeing how the dual core A7/A15 will operate . Smartphone tech just keeps getting more exciting, and I’m glad these manufacturers are finally focusing on battery optimization!

  • Nobody

    I’ll believe it when I see it. Now, one Android phone is being advertised bragging about _one whole day_ of battery life. One measly day brand new? Remember the old days when phone makers bragged about batteries going a WEEK? Admittedly, you could only talk and text, but still. At least you have a good chance in case of having to call 911!

    I wouldn’t want to leave a charging phone around where I work. I’ve had idiots mess with my stuff just out of spite, even company-owned stuff I’d use. I’d want a phone that can go at least a weekend with changeable battery before I’d get one of these smart phones. In the mean time I have my geriatric candy bar “dumb” phone that goes several days on a charge. When I bought it 7(!) years ago, it ran a week on a charge. I’m fully sure lots of people would rather not leave these costly smart phones lying around on life support in workplaces.