Have you ever been in that situation where your smartphone’s battery is dying and there’s really nothing you can do because you can’t access any power source, even if you do have your charger with you?
Well, according to a new patent filed by Japanese tech giant Sony, you will now be able to top up your phone’s battery by turning to your friend’s phone. The company is busy exploring techniques that will allow smartphone users to share battery power, which could save you when there’s no access to a power source and your friend’s phone is boasting a nearly full charge battery capacity.
The patent has appeared at the U.S. Trademark and Patent Office and at this point in time, it is still something on paper and yet to be put into practice. If anything, it could take quite some time before this comes to smartphones in the real world.
The limitation here is that Sony’s wireless power charging between phones could remain exclusive to the company’s phones, which means that you’ll have to purchase the usually pricey Xperia phones in order to stand a chance of using this technology. Also, with the many smartphone OEMs in the Kenyan market right now and other global markets as well, it would be almost impossible to bump into a friend who has a Sony phone with the same technology in order to ensure that this power sharing is a success (assuming that’s how it’ll work).
Despite how promising this Sony patent looks, it would be a welcome idea if the Japanese company first considered introducing the normal wireless charging on its Xperia phones before taking the next step. The likes of Sony Xperia XZ, X Performance or even the new Xperia XZs and Xperia XZ Premium have no support for wireless charging technology.
Also, even if the technology does materialize, it may take some time before hitting the local Kenyan market and other African regions. But when it comes – and hopefully that Sony might be willing to sell this technology to other smartphone OEMs – it could be a game changer for the Kenyan people, especially due to the limited electricity reach in the country.