Since its release several years ago, smartphone technology has become one of the fastest growing and most competitive areas of the corporate mobile phone sector. People are not only reliant on the instantaneous access to all the information we require, but the ability to manage our personal and working lives on them. Smartphones have become a way of life in the modern business world due to the invaluable benefits they give us, from email on the move, data storage and improved communications. Companies embracing digital progress with flexible working policies have reported a 39% increase in employee productivity. Yet the more reliant we become on smartphones, the greater the impact smartphones’ short-span battery life impacts the productivity of workers and organisations.
As more and more companies enjoy the benefits of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programmes – increasing employee productivity and worker satisfaction while reducing support costs – the importance of functionality and suitability of corporate smartphones grows. Yet their battery capabilities still remain a big challenge for users. The importance of battery capability was demonstrated in a recent survey of smartphone users, in which, “battery life, long a focal point for smartphone critics, was found to be the most important factor driving the hypothetical decision to upgrade”. Currently, the advice to battle battery issues often focuses on turning off various functions the phone has to offer – e.g. turning off apps. Yet why should the ability to stay connected 24/7 often only be achieved by sacrificing functionality?
Innovative solutions to the smartphone battery dilemma without compromising functionality are being searched for. Aloft London recently trialled Chill & Charge furniture during the recent London Technology Week; The furniture enables people to stay connected 24/7 by wirelessly charging phones. Additionally, solutions targeting the root of the problem – the battery itself – are also being sought. The University of Maryland recently made a “breakthrough” in research into growing silicon beads on a carbon nanotube. These findings could indeed mark a milestone in the advancement of the battery power that the whole world is waiting for.
Whether the future is silicon batteries or charging furniture, hopefully we will no longer be hampered by our reliance on the battery capabilities of mobile technology. It’s crucial to find a solution to the battery challenge that does not compromise mobile functionality. Such a result would not only delight private users but will also undoubtedly increase productivity in the workplace.