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Daily Power: πŸ‘‰ A small Android phone?

🌲 Good morning! Keep reading for weird redwood leaves…

Pebble Man: Who else wants a small Android phone?

Eric Mijkowski is the founder of Pebble, which made elegant smartwatches that would likely have marked the beginning of the entire smartwatch industry.

  • He’s also 6’6β€³.
  • And while it’s a big unit, he wants to make and use a small Android phone as a daily driver.

He says, on his website smallandroidphone.com, quote:

β€œI like small phones because:

  • Fits [sic] cute in the pocket
  • much lighter
  • Easy to use with one hand without falling off
  • I won’t fall out of my pocket while riding a bike”

Also, Eric Migicovsky does not like iOS, preferring the flexibility of Android, which excludes the iPhone Mini. He basically wants an iPhone 13 Mini but runs Android, and says $700-$800 is the right price.

  • You may agree to this. You’d probably do well with a large 6.8-inch phone, of which there is plenty.
  • But if you do, Eric takes names.
  • For this project to take off, at least 50,000 interested buyers need to attend – a number he says will be enough to convince the manufacturer to build and sell a small Android phone.
  • If you are interested in expressing support, there is a form you can fill out that just looks for some basic, non-binding information.
  • Apparently, 6000 people have already signed up.

Takeaway:

  • The biggest issue with smaller smartphones has been battery life: less space means less space for all those milliamperes you need, even on the iPhone mini.
  • Mijkowski admits this: but size is what matters. quotes: “The phone’s small drawbacks (smaller screen, smaller battery) are basically an understatement issue, for me at least.”
  • My brief comment is that Eric’s target is probably too high.
  • He wants a flagship-spec small smartphone with something like the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 running on it.
  • Realistically, this is a problem. There is a trade-off between high-end flagship processors and battery life.
  • The slightly lower-end Snapdragon 7 series (which might be announced in China on Friday?) is likely to offer a better deal on performance versus power consumption.
  • But it’s all too early: The main thing you might want to remove here is that Eric had a good reputation in the industry, including former Pebble employees who say he was a good guy.
  • This kind of ground-up approach to the new phone goes back to the worlds of the first smartphones and the connected device industry.
  • But the road is a long way from a bunch of risk-free sign-ups to a really good device at a reasonable price.
  • Final thought: at least two of the reasons Eric would want a small phone are solved by clamshell folds like the Samsung Z Flip 3. It fits well in a pocket! I’d like to hear why the fold doesn’t work (other than the expense, which is fair!).

reunion

πŸ“³ Vivo X80 and X80 Pro global launch: final price still awaited in more regions, but it’s being rolled out… (Android Authority).

πŸ“ž β€œWhen you look at the disk space a video game takes up, what type of data usually takes up the most space (eg textures, geometry, binaries, etc.)?” (p/askreddit). (Answer: textures!).

Wednesday weird

At times like these, I want to go back and study biology to see what’s going on, but here’s the gist: Red bushes grow weird leaves to suck water out of the air (Scientific American).

  • Trees that managed to get some water from a humid environment are believed to have been a reality for several years.
  • But as one of the team behind a new study put it, “Nobody really figured out how the water got in there.”
  • What appears to be shown by a study published in the American Journal of Plants is that redwoods grow special leaves that absorb a lot of water, and trees adapt depending on their environment.
  • The study found that redwoods in the drier southern regions had axial shoots located higher than the northern ones, helping the trees draw in excess water from summer fog and light rain. Other tree species may have similarly specialized shoots; Pine, for example, has two species that may be similar to those found on redwoods”

In the photo below, the asparagus-like leaf on the right absorbs water “about four times the rate of normal-looking ‘peripheral’ sprouts.”

red wood leaves

Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor

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