Considering the Future of Wireless Charging

Considering the Future of Wireless Charging

The Future of Wireless Charging

There is a lot of demand for perfected wireless charging. If this could happen, it’s possible to think about a world where no devices ever ran out of juice. Though there is a major push to make this happen, it’s clear that there are some people out there who don’t think that wireless charging will have as drastic an effect as it would seem.

The Current State of Wireless Charging

Wireless charging is pretty common nowadays. Some mobile devices are already equipped with wireless charging… at least, while they are placed on a special charging pad. This kind of defeats the purpose of wireless charging, but there are efforts being made to remove this from the equation. A company called Ossia seeks to implement wireless charging that can be done from a distance through a method called trickle charging.

This type of power delivery depends on radio frequencies to send both data and power to the connected device. Thanks to this method, Ossia has developed new conduits that eliminate the need for charging pads and cater to the new devices under its Cota line. Rather than the device having to be physically connected to the power source, the signal can charge the device while keeping it connected to the wireless network.

Ossia’s new charging system can also be used to charge up AA batteries that can be charged without being connected to anything. There are even ceiling tiles that can be used to send out this signal to your devices.

But is it a Good Thing?

While this might be a convenient way to take advantage of your technology without having to keep it plugged in all the time, how can you know what the ramifications of using this technology will be? If your device is always charging, what kind of damage could this do to your battery in the long run? Overcharging might not be a concern any longer, but modern batteries can still suffer from extended periods of charging. This comes from what makes the battery itself.

Lithium-ion batteries have three components that they need to use: a positive and negative electrode (made of a lithium-based compound and carbon graphite, respectively) and an electrolyte. The lithium ions flow from the positive electrode to the negative through the electrolyte. While the power is being used, the ions flow back to the positive electrode.

This process eventually wears away the electrolyte that allows for this flow of ions. This prevents them from ever functioning at optimal efficiency again. Since the ions aren’t able to move, the battery doesn’t work as well as it would have in the past. Ultimately, every battery has a number of charge cycles that it can handle before it’s just not effective anymore.

Since wireless charging would eat away at the battery constantly, the lifespan of the battery itself would be directly affected. Some believe that the battery constantly being at full charge would optimize its efficiency in the long run, though. Another argument focuses on whether or not a fully-charged device would be worth the cost of a replacement battery, which ultimately is up to the user to decide.

What are your thoughts on wireless charging? Let us know in the comments.

Taking a Look Inside Android Oreo

Taking a Look Inside Android Oreo
Taking a Look Inside Android

Ever since its announcement, Android’s latest operating system, 8.0 Oreo, has been making waves in the industry. So far, however, only select devices have the opportunity to use it. This doesn’t mean that you can’t take the opportunity to prepare for it, though. Here are some of the most important things to know about Android 8.0 Oreo, as well as Android 8.1. But first, let’s take a look at how much Android 8.0 is currently being used.

Android 8.0 Adoption Rates

As of April 16th, 2018, Android Oreo adoption (including both version 8.0 and 8.1) was up by about 400 percent since February. On the opposite end, Android Nougat 7.0 and 7.1 saw only a 2.3 percent increase. All previous versions dropped considerably in usage. Even though most users will hold on to a device for as long as possible before upgrading, many Android devices are more actively upgrading their OS version.

Some developers have placed restrictions on devices that have downloaded the update for Oreo. If you own one of these devices, you likely have already received the update:

  • Asus Zenfone 4
  • Asus ZenFone 4 Pro
  • Asus ZenFone 3 Max
  • Asus ZenFone 3
  • Blackberry KeyOne
  • Blackberry Motion
  • Essential PH-1
  • Google Pixel
  • Google Pixel XL
  • Nexus 6P
  • Nexus 5X
  • Nokia 8
  • Nokia 6
  • Nokia 5
  • Nokia 3
  • Honor 9
  • Honor 8 Pro
  • Honor 7X
  • HTC U11
  • HTC U11 Life
  • HTC U11 Plus
  • HTC 10
  • HTC U Ultra
  • Huawei Mate 9
  • Huawei P10
  • Huawei P10 Plus
  • Lenovo K8
  • Lenovo K8 Note
  • Lenovo K8 Plus
  • LG V30
  • Motorola Moto Z2 Force
  • Motorola Moto X4
  • OnePlus 5T
  • OnePlus 5
  • OnePlus 3
  • OnePlus 3T
  • Samsung Galaxy S8
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 Active (on AT&T)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8
  • Xperia XZ Premium
  • Xperia XZ
  • Xperia XZs
  • Xperia X Performance
  • Xperia X Compact
  • Xperia X
  • Xperia XA1 Plus
  • Xperia XA1
  • Xperia XA1 Ultra
  • ZTE Axon 7

In addition to these devices, here are the others that have been confirmed to receive the update soon:

  • Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie
  • Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro
  • Asus ZenFone 4 Max
  • Asus ZenFone 4 Max Pro
  • Asus ZenFone 3 Deluxe
  • Asus ZenFone 3 Laser
  • Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom
  • Nokia 2
  • Lenovo K8
  • Lenovo K8 Note
  • Lenovo K8 Plus
  • LG G6
  • LG G5
  • LG V20
  • LG V30 Plus
  • Motorola Moto Z
  • Motorola Moto Z Droid
  • Motorola Moto Z Force Droid
  • Motorola Moto Z Play
  • Motorola Moto Z Play Droid
  • Motorola Moto Z2 Play
  • Motorola Moto G4 Plus
  • Motorola Moto G5
  • Motorola Moto G5 Plus
  • Motorola Moto G5S
  • Motorola Moto G5S Plus
  • Samsung S7
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
  • Samsung Galaxy A5 2017
  • Samsung Galaxy A3 2017
  • Samsung Galaxy Xcover 4
  • Samsung Galaxy A8 2018
  • Samsung Galaxy J3 Emerge
  • Xperia Touch

What Android 8.0 Oreo Offers

Naturally, you’ll want to know why Oreo is all the rage among Android users. We’ll discuss some of the key new features that you can expect from this operating system.

Picture in Picture Mode

Android Nougat allowed users to have two applications open at once through the use of Multi-window. Oreo takes this a bit further by enabling one app with a small display to share the screen with something else.

Notification Dots

Android Oreo uses the same “badges” that previous themes provided, which will notify you regarding which apps are trying to contact you about something. You can long-press the icon to see the notification.

General Optimization and Improvement

A mobile operating system needs more tricks up its sleeve in order to get people to upgrade to it than just a couple of cool new features. Android 8.0 provides users with significant improvements in terms of security, device speed, and battery life–quality-of-life improvements that make for a better, more convenient experience. Android Oreo can also assign apps with permissions to assist users in specific instances.

Now that you know some of the basics about Android Oreo, what are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments.