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Location Sharing in Google Maps Now Includes Battery Percentage

The feature was first spotted in February by tech website Android Police when it did a teardown of the Google Maps v9.71 beta

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Google has announced adding a nifty feature to its Google Maps app that includes the battery level (of the user’s phone) in the set of information that they share.

“When you share your location with someone in the Google Maps app, it shows up on your friend’s map, which they can use to locate exactly where you are. With the new update of battery inclusion, it has become easy to tell why someone hasn’t called to tell you if they’re lost or finally made it to their destination,” The Verge reported late on Thursday.

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Google to Mention Battery Percentage in Live Location Sharing. Wikimedia Coomons

The feature has a big potential when it comes to the safety of users.

“You’ll be able to keep a watchful eye on how much battery life they have left. Now, there won’t be as much cause for worry if someone’s location drops off because you’ll be able to know if it could just be because their phone died,” the report added.

Also Read: Google Maps: India Based ‘Two-Wheeler’ Feature Launched to Whole Asia

The feature was first spotted in February by tech website Android Police when it did a teardown of the Google Maps v9.71 beta. (IANS)

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Huawei Releases Industry’s First Patented Lithium-Silicon Battery

The handset maker's ultra-fast charging battery is the result of material innovation and fully compatible with the existing battery solutions.

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India invites Huawei to take part in 5G trials. (IANS)

Aiming to achieve a breakthrough in battery life, Huawei Consumer Business Group on Monday unveiled the industry’s first patented lithium-silicon battery that promises to greatly improve fast-charging capability and ensures safety.

This patented technology is an iteration of the battery that is likely to be used in upcoming Huawei smartphones, the company said in a statement.

The silicon anodes in the Lithium-Silicon battery hold more power than graphite-based versions, thus making the battery more durable and increasing its power-retention capacity.

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“Just like how multi-touch technology changed the way displays work, Huawei’s ultra-fast charging technologies will redefine the way people use smartphones and free users from nomophobia — the fear of having no access to phones,” said the company.

The new batteries are coated with a 3D nitrogen-doped carbon network and this coating can be synthesised at a relatively lower temperature and has high conductivity, resulting in ultra-fast charging.

Unlike traditional fast-charging solutions, ultra-fast technology employs a relatively low-voltage and high-current formula that aims to maximize the amount of current going into the device while minimizing efficiency losses, heat as well as throttling.

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“This innovation is based on electrochemical kinetics advancements, which enable ultra-fast charging batteries to support greater power efficiency and current input. Leveraging the nitrogen-doped carbon frame, Huawei improved the stability intercalation and deintercalation of lithium,” the company added.

Also Read: TECNO Mobile Unveils Its First Flagship Smartphone In India

The handset maker’s ultra-fast charging battery is the result of material innovation and fully compatible with the existing battery solutions. (IANS)

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