The Future of SmartPhone Batteries

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Instant, QI, RF, & Turbo Charge

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The Future of the SmartPhone Batteries and charging them is really starting to look interesting.  The progression I have seen in that last couple of years is really amazing, lets take a look.

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Lets make a quick list

1.  Nickel–cadmium battery

2.  Lithium-ion battery

3.  MicroBatteries

We all know that the Lithium-ion batteries are really nice and last a lot longer then the NI CD, but with these batteries you still need to charge them all the time based on there MA Hours example: most phones are around 2800MA hours and tablets are around 4000mah to 6000mah.  There are many different ways to accomplish this task of recharging your device so lets take a closer look at them and some of the new ones as well.

Now on to the good info the charging Tech.

1.  Quick Charging

2.  QI wireless induced Charging

3.  RF wireless Charging

4.  Instant Charging

5.  Power Banks

I am pretty sure most of you have heard and seen the Quick Charger in devices like the Nexus 6, Note 4, Xperia Z3, and the Droid Turbo.  It allows you to charge your android device much faster and with more amperage if your battery is really low. Example: In laboratory tests using a 3300mAh battery, a Quick Charge 2.0 enabled device went from 0% to 60% charge in 30 minutes, while a device without Quick Charge 2.0 using a conventional (5 volt, 1 amp) charger achieved just a 12% gain in the same 30 minutes. A device with Quick Charge 1.0 managed a 30% charge in that time period.  This is a huge step in the right direction but i recommend you read on.

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QI wireless induced Charging is also a great charging option on many devices like the Moto 360 smart watch and the Nexus 6.  QI charging is done with pad that creates a magnetic field that you place the device on and as long as the phone is inside the magnetic field the device is charging.

Power Banks are another great accessory for those on the move and need a little extra juice.

The two up coming charging / batteries i really want to talk about are the RF wireless Charging and Instant Charging with MicroBatteries.  RF wireless charging is brought to you by Powercast’s technology.  They provided true wireless power for continuous charging and power-over-distance for one or more devices. Wireless power transmission is based on commonly used radio waves (around 5.8GHz) and Powercast’s patented RF-to-DC conversion technology.  The combination enables low-power electronic devices to become untethered with trickle-charge embedded wireless power.  As I search the web some more I have found a company with this same RF technology called Energous there product is wattup and looks to to use the same technology as Powercast.  Energous transmitter looks like it has a range of up to 30 feet which isnt bad if you have one or two transmitters in your house you could go totally charger free.  I am really looking forward to see this technology in your portable device really soon.

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MicroBatteries with Instant Charging are in my mind even better then RF and here is why.  Micro Batteries give you capacitor-like power with battery-like energy storage.  This allows the battery to charge instantly like a capacitor on a motor and then drain fast if needed or slowly like a normal battery. Material in todays battery is a thin film that allows for very fast charging and discharging, but reduces the capacity because the active material lacks volume to store energy.  Micro batteries wrap a thin film into a three-dimensional structure, achieving both high active volume (high capacity) and large current.  These battery electrodes can charge or discharge in a few seconds, 10 to 100 times faster than equivalent bulk electrodes, yet can perform normally in existing devices. I cant wait for the day that my portable device fully charges in 5 seconds or maybe along side all the free wifi hotspots will be free RF charging.

Please check out all the red links if you would like to read more about this amazing developments.

 The future of smartphone batteries is looking good and should finally start to catch up with the tech that they are powering.

 

CyanogenMod 12 Lollipop

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Official CyanogenMod 12 Lollipop

CM12 roms are starting to show up on CyanogenMod.org which means many Android enthusiast with be getting there hands on one of the best Lollipop custom rom experiences. I recently installed CyanogenMod 12 Lollipop on my Motorola Nexus 6 and it is running nicely. Something new that i noticed in this version of CM is that Root access is turned of by default. Come to find out you can turn it back on by entering developer Options in the devices settings and then selecting Root access mode. here you will find a couple options: enable for apps only, enable for adb only, or enable root for both apps and adb which is the option i selected. Having root mode off by default i think is a really bad idea since most Android fans that install CM12 really want root. But i guess that is up to CyanogenMod.

Here is a little Video i made talking about how to turn on said Root access mode

So if you are looking to install Official CyanogenMod 12 Lollipop on your android device then check out there download page HERE If you cant fine your device listed you may want to check XDA developers site because there are many unofficail CM12 roms in the forums that work just fine. Good luck and lets start rocking some Lollipop Android 5.0

Android Kanging

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Android Kanging

What is Android Kanging or to Kang a rom, theme, or mod? Lets start with a Android definition of Kanging: To have one’s developer code and work taken, manipulated, rebranded, and re-released by someone else with no credit given. In no way is this illegal or even stealing because android is open source and cant be sold. Open source is awesome :D. This practice of Kanging someones work is done quite often and is very much frowned upon by all in the Android Community. It is basically a slap in the face to the developer that originally created it. It steals the Glory and praise from the creator of the code and the coppier takes credit instead. I think many times the Kanger knows he is copping someones work but doesnt even remember or know whos it is and is just lazy or forgets to credit the right people. There is so much android code and awesomeness floating around the internet some new developers dont even know who to credit.

So really to avoid being a kanger it is simple.

1. Find out whos code you are using in your rom and credit the right person

On that note please go make the best and most amazing rom you can with as much cool code from anywhere you can find it. Us in the Android community love the work of all developers and making one awesome rom is the best.  But remember that Kanging has a bad connotation if not giving credit where credits due.

Examples:

If you have SuperSU in your rom you need to Credit Chainfire

If you have Superuser in your rom then Koush would be the guy.

really its pretty simple so lets give credit where credit is due.

Below is picture of Android Open Kang Project or AOKP which is a example of a Good Kang Rom. rhis rom takes lots of code and puts it all together to make one awesome rom but give credit to the right developers in doing it.

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PuzzlePhone

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PuzzlePhone

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Many of you have heard about Project Ara and even Phone Blocks. But have you seen this new company from Finland with there product PuzzlePhone. (picture above) This design is very much like Project Ara but with less moving parts.  It looks to me like it has 3 main Parts the battery, camera with other sensors and buttons then the main body plus screen. (check the Image below)  I personally can wait for these module devices to hit the market and see how well there are designed and if they live up to all the hype. Speaking of which the puzzlephone is set to be released some time this next year 2015 along with this release Project Ara is also set to launch some time mid 2015. I am officially claiming 2015 as the year of the Module smart phone. if you would like to read more about this cool new device then check out there web site HERE

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Google Epic Failure

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Google Epic Failure

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Google was supposed to have released the Android 5.0 Lollipop factory images for all the Nexus devices back on 11/3/14.  Well it’s been one week now and the factory images still haven’t been released.  I have heard that there is a battery bug that made Google stop the release. Come on Google you can figure out a little battery bug in one week. The Source code or AOSP has been release and developers are already releasing there own Lollipop roms based on AOSP which is really awesome. One of the reasons everybody buys a Nexus devices is to get the new Android version first, before everyone else. There have already been leaks of android 5.0 on the Moto X and LG G3 but for the Nexus line up, NOTHING. Google did release the factory firmware for the new Nexus 9 and Nexus player but not the Nexus 6 yet. Speaking of the Nexus 6 what a failure the preorder process was, the device went out of stock instantly and a week later is still out of stock. If you missed the 3 minute release from Gogole Play and the Motorola 1 hour release then you are out of luck at this time.  GOOGLES EPIC FAILURE

ON THAT NOTE GOOGLE GIVE ME MY FACTORY IMAGES NOW LOL

When the factory images / Firmware are released you will be able to get them HERE

 

Android 5.0 Lollipop Factory Images Delayed

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Android 5.0 Lollipop

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Android 5.0 Lollipop

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As Many of you may or may not know Android 5.0 Lollipop was announced today by Google, bring us many new features and improvements. Among my favorites are the: Tap & go: instant set up of your new Android phone or tablet by simply tapping it to your old one (requires NFC) This will make it really easy to change devices and i am loving this idea.  Next is the new handy controls like flashlight, hotspot, screen rotation and cast screen controls in quick settings. This features is something that almost every custom rom has in it. Again this is the beauty of open source, the ideas come from everyone not just Google. Last on my list is the battery saver feature which extends device use by up to 90 mins. Battery is Key on Android devices and is something that i am seeing OEM’s focus more and more on. If you would like to see a full list of features on Android 5.0 Lollipop then check out the official site HERE

Also if you already have a Nexus Device you may want to keep your eyes on Google’s Firmware Site HERE

Android 5.0 Lollipop new Figure at the Google campus

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If you want to see More about the New Nexus Device Line up of the Nexus 6 and 9 along with the Nexus Android TV CLICK HERE

Project Ara

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Project Ara

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Project Ara is a very interesting concept allowing us to change and upgrade the device with ease. The modular smartphone idea looks like a mission impossible, but Google is determined to make it a reality pretty soon. Paul Eremenko from Project Ara team has shed some lights on the project’s status and we now know that Ara will have a modified version of Android L on board.

It was pretty easy to predict that Google would select Android as the operating system for Ara. The more interesting part is that users will be able to replace some elements of the device without powering off the phone (i.e. they will be hot swappable). The only exceptions are CPU and display, for obvious reasons. It remains unknown whether the RAM and storage will be replaceable as well. One word comes to mind to describe all this: craziness. If it’s true, this will be one of the most revolutionary piece(s) of hardware in the history of mobile technology. Manufactures like Motorola, Samsung, LG, HTC and many others that release a new phone every 6 months will have to either really lower there pricing or join in and start making these modules to continue making profits. I am really excited to see how Project Ara will change the industry and hopefully benefit then consumer in the end with awesome and up to date Hardware.

Google (or rather ATAP) is working with Linaro to make a modified version of Android. This means that the project should be open-sourced as well as other projects by Google. The Ara smartphone is aspiring to get the most innovative idea of the year title and Google is pushing hard to make it happen.

We should expect a consumer launch of Ara in the first quarter of 2015. Other details remain yet to be seen, most likely to be uncovered during the dev conference scheduled for December. In the mean time you can check out more info on it at the official site here http://www.projectara.com/

Google says the phone is designed to be used by “six billion people”, including the one billion smartphone users and the five billion feature phone users. Google intends to sell a starter kit where the bill of materials is US$50 and includes a frame, display, battery, low-end CPU and WiFi.

Google wants Project Ara to lower the entry barrier for phone hardware manufacturers so there could be “hundreds of thousands of developers” instead of the current handful of big manufacturers. Anyone will be able to build a module without requiring a license or paying a fee.

 Project Ara Development

As some of you may or may not know our beloved Developer Hashcode or Michael Scott is now on the Project Ara team for Linaro.  Hashcode is one of the most innovative Android developers that i know and has done amazing work on many devices. Examples the Kindle Fire and fire HD, Motorola droid and moto lines along with many Samsung Galaxy and note phones. He is the Developer of Safe Strap Recovery which some how lets you install roms on locked devices. I know with hashcode on the team that Project Ara is going to be one awesome device and i can wait to get my hands on one. If you would like to read hashcode post on google plus about this new job opportunity with Linaro please check out this link Hashcodes New Job 

Newest Video from Project Ara

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