TechSpot: Soon no one will care about a phone's battery life

The fear of running out of battery wields such an extraordinary influence over how we use smartphones. We benchmark every task according to how much battery it takes. We are never too far from a charger, and many of us carry a heavy, cumbersome power bank.

I have good news: we are on the verge of true all day battery life.

We are a year or two away, but folks, by 2016 everyone should expect top notch battery life from their phones. There will be no power bank industry and no one will care whether batteries are removable.

There are three major trends driving this future: bigger phones, better hardware and Android L.

Bigger Phones

Phone displays have increased over time. While bigger displays require more power, they also tend to come with bigger batteries. The increase in battery size has more than compensated the bigger power draw.

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Guys this article has a very specific purpose: to bring us together as a community! It's an article to get us angry and bond us together, just like the obvious website name "neowin" designed to attract Microsoft lovers. Has nothing to do with battery life, it's all about hating the article together. :punk:

Android L is one of the reasons, okay. I understand they finely giving the software some optimizations but how much will it change when it comes to all phones. What's really needed is better battery tech not more software tricks.

If my phone/battery only lasted 1 day, I'd throw the POS away!!

I have no need for any fancy phone as all I do is text and talk and my battery can last almost a week!

I couldn't imagine, and wouldn't want to anyway, playing games or watching videos on a phone. I'd be cross eyed in a day!

Congratulations. You aren't the intended recipient of this story. Thank you SO much for pointing that out.

We'll also make sure to stay off your lawn.

I love this article, so much info, very insightful, describes in quite detailed way how exactly we're not caring about it soon(tm).

It's like saying soon no one cares about petrol because cars will stop gulping it down and add some random year number like 2020.

That did it! Click away brainless zombies!

I don't know what the big deal is. My Huawei Mate2 gets 2-3 days EASY now.
Oh but it doesn't have a snapdragon 801, kitkat, and sucks on benchmarks.
I just laugh. It has an AWESOME battery, clear & bright screen, no lag, STABLE.
Unless you are running the latest 3d games, you'd never know that it "only" has midrange specs! All for only 300 dollars.

Throw me a powerful yet optimized dual core with high cache and low energy consumption, 4000mah battery, 3,27 screen size optimized again to eat less, optimized wp os, low on features yet snappy. The case must be high quality, modern and slim.
I still dream of this.

The way to fix the battery life problems is simple. Attach some solar panels on to it. I mean they're getting big enough. Surely we could mold together a solar panel as the back cover o.O

So the phone can soak up all that solar energy when it's in your pocket? Or sitting on your desk screen up?

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johnnyftw said,
The way to fix the battery life problems is simple. Attach some solar panels on to it. I mean they're getting big enough. Surely we could mold together a solar panel as the back cover o.O

Solar panels that small are still woefully inefficient. A friend of mine uses one on long bike trips, not only does he have to rig up the panel (which is about four times larger than the phone) with cable ties, to the bike, balancing the phone on the back of the bike as well, but all it does is slow down the battery discharge a bit. At night when he could turn the phone off to allow some charge, the suns gone!

MikeChipshop said,
At night when he could turn the phone off to allow some charge, the suns gone!

That's why lunar power is the way to go.

most modern solar panels don't require direct sunlight to work thus leaving it on your desk would impart charge to the phone ( Think solar calculator they still work in the office do they not)

Athlonite said,
most modern solar panels don't require direct sunlight to work thus leaving it on your desk would impart charge to the phone ( Think solar calculator they still work in the office do they not)

I get what you're saying but those calculators require a tiny, tiny trickle charge. Compare that to the huge power consumption of an average modern phone and solar panels are just out of the running.

yes but those are just tiny imagine the whole back of a cellphone covered in a photo voltaic panel a little something like this
http://store.sundancesolar.com/powerfilm-weatherpro-7-2v-100ma-flexible-solar-panel-p7-2-75/

Athlonite said,
yes but those are just tiny imagine the whole back of a cellphone covered in a photo voltaic panel a little something like this
http://store.sundancesolar.com/powerfilm-weatherpro-7-2v-100ma-flexible-solar-panel-p7-2-75/

As i said previously, a friend of mine has a fold out, top of the range solar panel that's roughly A3 in size and it's only enough to reduce the power usage, not enough to stop it or to charge whilst in use.

Android has Always been the worst with regards to battery life. Even the HTC One M8 running Windows Phone had better battery life than its Android brother. So I wouldnt consider Android a 'driving force'. It has stood in the way of improving battery life and is only catching up with competition because they have to.

Android just isn't a very efficient OS to begin with. The underpinnings are rather primitive, but it is dressed up on the surface to appear modern.

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Even when smartphones achieve all day battery life I don't think we should stop focusing on battery life. Most people don't mind charging their phone every night but I'd be so happy if in the next decade we can have smartphones that last days maybe a week with heavy use.

I agree. We need better battery tech. At least for smart phones. Features phones have had incredible battery life for a while.

It's a rare day when my Nexus 4 won't go through the whole day no problem, but for times when I need to keep my phone powered for longer, I just take an external battery pack charger.

Chicane-UK said,
It's a rare day when my Nexus 4 won't go through the whole day no problem, but for times when I need to keep my phone powered for longer, I just take an external battery pack charger.

Same. I cycle a lot and have GPS cycle trackers running, maps, email and (amazingly) actual SMS and calls enabled. I also live in an area with very bad coverage and my phone (Nexus 5) never bottoms out till the end of the day. For those times when i'll be gone a few days, i take a battery backup pack with me.

It makes me wonder what these people who always complain about battery life are doing? My guess is either using it as a movie/music player or playing games constantly. Either that or they've loaded so many crapware apps they don't use, that these are sucking the life of the battery and then they'll have the cheek to blame the phone or manufacturer.

I don't load up my devices with crap nor do I use my phone for movies, music, or games.

Neither my Nexus 4 or Nexus 5 could last me a full day. They average about half a day or less for me so I have to have them constantly on the charger. My wife has my old Nexus 4 and it lasts her a lot longer than it last me so that is good.

A major driver in power differences is likely to do with my data use. I use a lot of data (well over 10GB a month on average) and I rarely use WiFi. My wife almost exclusively uses WiFi. So I'm sure a major factor in my power drain is due solely to cell radio usage.

Have to agree with some of the other's who have posted comments already... what is this?!
I have a BlackBerry Q10 and on a full battery charge my phone can last just shy of 2 days without needing a plug-in. I used Android for several years and I have no interest in going back.

"Where unprofessional journalism looks better." :x

No one cared about battery life 10 years ago but then smart phones came and reduced the life from a week to under a day

Some breakthrough advancements have been made in the battery tech which are supposedly going to offer quicker charge, higher storage and long lasting release. My hope to see longer battery life is more attached with this new tech, though none the less what is mentioned in this article will contribute if not half but atleast 20-30% towards the extended battery life we would hopefully see in the future.

My phone usually lasts one or two days including all the games I play on it. I'm pretty happy with that

Wow. Talk about a) wrong and b) nothing but content filler. Have to say, this is probably the sloppiest article to appear at Neowin in a while. Oh wait. I see. They want you to CLICK TO A DIFFERENT WEBSITE.

What is this? WMPOWERUSER? Uh, no.