03/14/2014, 10:06 AM
Thanks for your comments Mr Steffes!
I mentioned 'save state' above, but did not know LG had implemented this in their TVs. IF they did, this suggests it's hard to reduce the webOS boot time - though on a phone that's usually 'always on' it's not a huge issue. Perhaps this functionality will become available to the Ports team? I realise this is your supposition, but perhaps they did a similar thing as mentioned above:
1. Display screen shot or route TV signal directly to screen (these days TV is digital, so always processed, but it may be done on hardware)
2. Boot webOS in the background - maybe UI before services
This way you are seeing TV, the UI (or just a screenshot / simple version) loads as you reach for the remote, then hopefully the services have loaded before you select something. I'm sure it's not seamless, but it might appear to be a faster boot by bringing things in 'just in time'.
It is true that a smartphone is a computer, but to some extent, so is a dumbphone - I can play simple games and use a calculator app etc. So of course, simply running a webOS system has an overhead, but as we can dual boot devices, is it possible (in theory) to reboot to 'Phonedialler+SMS' app. It would show a keypad or text field onscreen, access the contacts file & control the phone radio - and that's all. Or is it the case that the hardware requires a full OS and the associated power..?
Perhaps there could be webOS, low power mode webOS and 'reboot to basic mode'. Of course it's possible, as you seem to suggest, that software and services are less of an issue than hardware - a dumbphone OS on smartphone hardware might not prevent the hardware using power just from being on.
I'm a bit surprised about the comm board being such a drain. I realise about signal strength & compensation for that affecting power draw, but I'd expect that commonality between smart and dumb phones to make battery life similar. I understood that screen backlight and the bigger system were the main problems. Perhaps there's no specific thing that makes battery life so much shorter on a smartphone, but everything. This is actually more of a case for 'basic mode' even if battery life is only half that of a dumbphone, it might double your last 20% of battery to an effective 40%.