Thursday, 14 May 2015

Are Smartphones Getting Too Powerful

The recently released LG G4's spec sheet shocked everyone. It housed a Snapdragon 808 processor, which is not as powerful as Snapdragon 810 which is present in many of its direct competitors, whch include the Moto Turbo, Samsung Galaxy S6, HTC One M9 and LG's own G Flex 2. LG claimed it did this in order to avoid heating problems and to prolong battery life. So this brings up a question: are smartphones today getting unnecessarily powerful?
Quite powerful, but behind competition
Probably, yes.


The problem with smartphone nowadays is that though they're mighty powerful, there aren't too many apps that can use its full potential. App developers can build demanding apps, but wouldn't want to cause then they'll lose the majority of their customers who own lower powered phones. This means flagships are able to run apps smoothly, but that is something that is also possible on a sub-200 dollar phone. These phones are getting lightweight apps, even though phones such as the Asus Zenfone 2 are considerably more powerful than entry level laptops.

The Asus Zenfone 2 is even more powerful than Asus' own Eeebook

If flagships need to become more viable, developers must start creating more hardcore apps, are if they're worried about development costs, more apps can be ported from the PC. Need For Speed World was a great, but outdated PC game which could have easily been handled by flagships on medium settings, but EA decided to scrap it in order to get NFS No Limits for mobile devices up and running. Everyday apps like MS Office and Blogger feel too outdated with little features (blogger doesn't allow you to add more than one picture and is also stripped of many of its features such as using sub headings and managing pages in its app version).

Seriously good games,but don't do justice to flagships

The last app boom saw many breath taking apps and games like Asphalt 8, Dead Trigger 2 and Kingsoft Office. Most of the apps on the play store are now losing their shine and need a quick revision. Indie developers are, onece again, losing their importance and are being gobbled up by bigger companies. In short, in order to bring these problems under control, we simply need another boom in software development, cause there are simply too many devices out there with too much potential and too little actual use.

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