Innovations We Need To See More Of: Screenpads In Laptops, Bluetooth Dual-Audio
Time For A Change
It’s natural for premium consumer products to get a standout feature — brands use these features for differentiation. Some recent innovations are actually quite useful apart from being the first of their kind. Karan Bajaj talks about five such technologies that need to be the norm rather than the exception.
Wireless Desktop Mode
Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro, which launched just a few months ago in India, has a feature called Easy Projection. This feature lets you project your phone screen to a larger screen (like a TV or projector) without any wires. It also offers the option to use it in phone mode or desktop mode. In phone mode, it simply mirrors your smartphone’s screen but the desktop mode is what makes this feature more interesting. With desktop mode enabled, the phone’s screen becomes a touchpad and you can even connect a Bluetooth keyboard/mouse for navigation. The interface is like what you would see on a desktop computer with an option to launch apps, change desktop wallpaper and manage your files. The best part: you can still use your phone independently as a smartphone while it powers a desktop experience wirelessly.
This feature is present only on gaming smartphones like the Asus ROG phone or the Red Magic Mars from Nubia. Ultrasonic touch sensors are typically placed on the sides of a phone and let you to map dedicated functions to each touch sensor. This is useful for gamers who can have one sensor assigned to shoot while the other sensor can be assigned to jump. Not only does it make gaming easier, it also adds a significant advantage. Touch sensors can be used for functions apart than gaming also. For instance, adjusting values in camera manual mode, playback controls for multimedia or to insert a favourite emoji/text while using the on-screen keyboard.
Fast Wireless Charging
Wireless charging offers a lot of convenience but it’s also a lot slower compared to a typical wired charger. With charging technologies getting better (DashCharge on OnePlus, Quick Charge on Qualcomm phones, Huawei Quick Charge, Vooc charging on Oppo) wireless charging seems to be on the back burner despite the convenience. The technology to wirelessly fast charge has been available, notably on the Google Pixel and Pixel Stand and on the Samsung S10 range with Fast Wireless Charging 2.0. Both phones support wireless charging at 10 watts which means it will charge at a similar speed as a conventional wired charger.
Bluetooth Dual Audio
This is a feature that is theoretically available on all devices with Bluetooth version 5.0. With this feature, you can have your device (phone/tablet/laptop) stream wireless audio to two connected speakers at the same time. Both the Bluetooth speakers need not be the same. Considering Samsung introduced this feature two years ago on the Galaxy S8, we think it’s high time it became the norm. There are several third party apps that can add this functionality to phones but none are as slick as having the same built into the Bluetooth settings.