Val Popescu, CEO of VirtualMetrix, is developing software that targets a portion of a smartphone’s operating system called the task scheduler to conserve energy. Popescu says the software can decide when to run an application, in what order, and for how long.

Val Popescu, CEO of VirtualMetrix, is developing software that targets a portion of a smartphone’s operating system called the task scheduler to conserve energy. Popescu says the software can decide when to run an application, in what order, and for how long. Photo by Stephen Whalen.

Why can’t the battery last longer?

Local venture capitalist Rick Cooper says that’s among the top three concerns coming out of consumers’ mouths when they discuss their smartphones or tablet computers in focus groups...