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With the launch of quad-core smartphones, the biggest question to ask will be, ‘which of the apps will consume the available power?’ The simplest answer? Games.

With so much power being available, gaming will try and take advantage of it, coming out with more feature-rich games for the mobile world. The next candidate, the vague term called ‘multi-tasking’ or ‘multi-window’. While multi-window feature has been available on desktops, do people really use it? Most of the time, we will want to switch from one app to the other, but will rarely have two windows open side-by-side and read in both – our brains are still single-core.

With increase in the power of apps, longevity of battery is going to take a hit and we will need batteries with more capacity to deliver juice to the demanding apps. This situation reminds me of a joke I heard a long time ago – a few decades ago, when Japanese people were way ahead of many countries in the world in inventing and adopting gadgets. The joke is as follows:

A man in India was traveling to office, noted that a Japanese tourist was waiting for the train to arrive. The Japanese tourist had a couple of bags next to him. After some time, both struck a conversation, during which the Japanese mentioned that he had a watch that could tell time for any place on earth. The Indian was impressed, but decided to check. He asked for the time in Delhi, which was given correctly by the Japanese. Then he asked for the time in Japan, which was also answered correctly. This was followed by queries about the time in many cities of the world. The Japanese answered each one correctly.

The Indian was highly impressed and was determined to have a similar watch. He requested the Japanese to sell him the watch. Initially the Japanese was reluctant, but finally he relented. The Japanese handed the watch to the Indian, who being mighty pleased, thanked him and started to walk away. The Japanese called out and requested the Indian to take the batteries along. Then the Indian extended his hand for the same, the Japanese instead pointed to two of the brown coloured suitcases he was carrying.