Smarten up, Smartphones


As people rely more and more on their wireless devices, you have to wonder if a smartphone is really smart. Recent consumer research shows that as users become more dependent on their smartphone and other wireless devices, they dislike their short battery life and Wi-Fi dead zones.

While technology zooms forward and smart devices increase their storage and application abilities, batteries are relatively unchanged. The industry has even coined the term “low battery anxiety” for users who fear their battery will die before they can recharge.

Despite their anxiety, 85% of those surveyed say they carry no backup for their phone batteries and only 11% carry a charger. Given these statistics, it seems as if the smartphone industry needs to put some money into battery development.

Currently, there are batteries that provide long lasting energy or high power. Today’s devices need both. Microbatteries offer both; high energy and lots of power. These new batteries will charge quickly and provide enough zip to maintain multiple apps. They are unique in that they contain a three-dimensional internal structure that pulls both desirable features together to maximize performance. The developers believe their battery will be able to charge a thin, credit card sized phone in less than one second. Low battery anxiety will be a thing of the past.

With a fully charged smartphone, users need to find the cure for the Wi-Fi shortage. Users in the UK and the US are already complaining of a shortage of Wi-Fi airwaves. High Wi-Fi traffic areas, such as airports and convention centers, often come to a standstill when the airwaves are being bombarded with users.

The FCC is considering a proposal that would add 195 MHz, currently unlicensed, to the existing bands as well as proposing channel sharing by television stations to free up the bandwidth needed for the continued growth in the smartphone market. Previously, unlicensed bandwidth was reserved for other radio frequency devices, such as cordless phones. The FCC is taking comments on the proposed changes and is hopeful that users of the airwaves can find mutually acceptable methods of sharing the airwaves.

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