Mobile technology has been developed like crazy in the last few years. Smartphones have become even smarter – they now have powerful processors and high performance graphics chips, loads of memory and lightning-fast connectivity options. Consuming content and playing mobile casino games have become smoother with each new generation of smartphones, which in turn have become more capable and lighter. But there are still a series of issues manufacturers owe us – and they should focus on in 2016.

One of the most important one of them all is…

Battery life

All the smart features crammed under the hood of modern day handsets consume electricity. Phone manufacturers have tried to compensate for the larger power consumption with larger batteries, but in their effort for their handsets to be lighter and thinner they have limited themselves to smaller capacity ones. The result: most smartphones can only go as much as 24-36 hours on a full charge. Being connected to the internet at all times doesn’t help either.

Manufacturers should focus on creating a new breed of batteries, allowing our faithful digital companions to have at least a few days of independence. This way we wouldn’t have to carry battery packs or desperately look for outlets when away from home.

Universal power and audio connectors

While many manufacturers have adopted a standard for their power connectors, there are always some (ahem, Apple) that think they are above standards. When it comes to headsets, the differences are even more obvious: a “handsfree” headset built for one phone will not work with another. This can sometimes lead to annoying situations – shops not carrying that exact same model, or one compatible with your phone, but you need to initiate and receive calls without using your hands.

Universal app availability

This is not a job for the phone manufacturers themselves, but the operating system makers. As a Windows Phone user, I constantly feel the effects of the low popularity of the platform: the lack of quality apps available. I can’t use official apps for Tinder or Bumble, and thousands of other services. Which can be incredibly annoying.

Microsoft has taken some steps toward the right direction by creating bridges for iOS and Android developers to easily deploy their apps on Windows 10. Its Universal Apps initiative is also a great one, allowing its users to use the same app on desktops, tablets and smartphones alike. But its competitors should also open up toward a larger user base, allowing developers to deploy their apps on multiple platforms without having to build them twice – and users to access said apps no matter which mobile operating system might power their smart devices.

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