Nextbit has already disrupted the smartphone industry, but the software powering its OS aims to disrupt how a battery works.
We’ve all heard the little tips and tricks for increasing your battery life: turn off your wifi so your device isn’t searching for connections, close out any apps that run in the background, and according to one local teenager who apparently read it on Tumblr, just ask Siri for more power.
In the case of new software from a lesser-known player in the smartphone game, though, those tactics are old hat. Instead, Nextbit relies on proprietary software to actively increase the functionality of the device in order to lengthen battery output. The company won’t say exactly how this process works, but a post on the company’s blog gives a little bit of insight.
“In Q4 we will launch a new version of Nextbit OS that gets to know your habits and optimizes functions at the system level to ensure you get the most screen time possible. Just like with smart storage, we can apply this on top of the features Google has implemented in Marshmallow and even on what has been announced for N, compounding the power savings to offer you true peace of mind.”
Rather than relying on those lifehacks for battery function, Nextbit’s aim seems to be figuring out how users actually interact with their phones, and make adjustments accordingly. It could be something as simple as powering down slightly during times of the day when you’re less likely to use your phone, but at the same time, could be far more complex. One thing that is for certain is that Nextbit’s goal is to disrupt smartphone battery technology in a way that they compare to the market’s disruption of smartphone storage.
“Because battery technology has improved slower than other technology, the industry has relied on more efficient processors and larger batteries (What do you think is under all those 5.5”+ screens?) to do their dirty work. These steps do give you more battery life, but the improvement is only incremental. Nextbit will solve this problem a new way – once again offering performance beyond just what the specs say.”