Poor battery life is a bitter pill we’ve all been forced to swallow in recent years; compromising the safe knowledge you can travel home from work while streaming Spotify and playing Paper Planes, for the ability to, yes, stream Spotify and play Paper Planes on your way to work. Qualcomm, powering hundreds of smartphones and tablets now, is obviously concerned.
Speaking at Qualcomm’s annual Uplinq conference, CEO Dr. Paul Jacobs confirmed that they are looking at all the different battery technologies, and agrees “it doesn’t seem like they’ve progressed as much as it should.” Adding that “while the phones are definitely getting better, battery efficiency is not happening fast enough.”
Instead of looking at ways to solve the battery crisis, Jacobs believes the answer lies in how we charge our devices. For him, recharging a phone more frequently via wireless recharging is a “near-term fix,” as he described it. “That way you recharge it frequently over the day – not fully, but just top it up over the day.”
But that’s not to say Jacobs wouldn’t like to see displays become more power efficient, and while he didn’t say so, I imagine he wouldn’t like to see hardware become "fatter," as HTC several months back told us was the direct trade-off for battery life.
For me, poor battery life in any smartphone I happen to be using is just a given. While devices such as Motorola’s Droid RAZR are truly trying to change how we consider our smartphones, it’s something not every company is willing to invest in. Guess we’ll have to continue carrying a micro USB cable around with us for a while longer, then.