If you own a smartphone, you probably know how annoying it is to have to charge your battery every evening even though you left off for work in the morning with a 100%. It seems like the new focus is to manufacture battery-efficient hardware as well as code battery-efficient apps, but it’s only justified. A bigger battery adds to the thickness and weight to the phone, but if your phone is blessed with a large display then there are chances that it packs a bigger battery under the hood and doesn’t need as frequent charging as regular smartphones need.
Also, there’s a lot of manufacturers out there who want their consumers to cut the cord, by using wireless chargers. Nokia, LG, Samsung and almost everyone else has wireless charging built into their flagships. Heck, at this year’s CES, Intel announced a bowl in which you drop off your compliant devices and they start charging, which is pretty neat.
Phones have a bigger shell that can accommodate batteries that have enough juice, but 2014’s focus seems to shift towards wearables. Sure, you could use an E-Ink display like the one on the Pebble, but people do want to interact with a colored display and be able to touch the display, which means that the devices need a bigger battery even though the space is limited. Rumor has it that Apple may embed solar charging in it’s iWatch, which is also supposed to debut this year.
If Apple manages to pull if off, we might get to an era when we don’t have to worry about our devices’ batteries as much as we do now. Let’s just hope it comes sooner. I vouch for Intel’s wireless charging bowl, it sure looks pretty useful.