Apple working on electromotive charging. Nokia has inductive. What will Android have?

by: Andrew GrushSeptember 24, 2012
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The Nokia Lumia 920 is on its way to the market soon. The phone itself seems like a solid Windows Phone offering, but one feature really sets it apart from the competition. This will be the first phone to ever feature a built-in inductive wireless charging system. Wireless charging is nothing new to Android devices through the use of special accessories, but we’ve yet to see a built-in solution from any of Google’s hardware partners.

Android devices often led the pack when it comes to adopting new features and technology, and likely built-in inductive systems like found in the Lumia 920 are already in works. Perhaps even in devices like the rumored Samsung Galaxy S4? Inductive charging isn’t the only wireless charging option possible.

A new patent from Apple suggests that Tim Cook and company are working on an electromotive charging system. In theory, a movement-based charging system would mean that the devices would never need to be plugged into a charger at all.

The idea with this method is that flat coils would generate electromagnetic induction through the use moveable magnets. As you walk around with your phone in tow, the magnets would slide past these coils, and it would somehow manage to generate electricity. I won’t pretend to fully understand how electromotive charging works, but it certainly sounds cool.

On the other hand, a simple patent doesn’t mean this is something that Apple can bring out any time soon. It’s also possible that Apple’s system might not generate enough power to keep the iPhone going without traditional charging. If that was the case, this might just work to generate a little extra energy that allows the battery to last longer than normal.

More than likely such a solution is still many years away. It’s also more than possible that an Android device will beat Apple to the punch by providing something like this, if not a better solution. What do you think of the idea of a movement-based charging system? Would you like to see something like this hit Android devices, or not?

  • Ran

    I just imagine someone violently shaking their phone halfway through a conversation to garner the battery life necessary to resolve the phone call.
    And the opposite party subsequently going deaf.

  • Elder

    I’m loving this Android site!

  • LOL

    Android gonna have solar bitchezzzz

  • I see that Apple will develop a very cool song to which it will tell the users to dance to. They must dance frenetically to the tune for a good 30 minutes, ensuring charge for the iPhone and…just one more thing…being able to lose weight, becoming fit and being more beautiful. BOOM! Insanely great.
    Users complaining it doesn’t charge well, will be told that they are dancing wrong. BOOM!

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  • rsanchez1

    Maybe it’s the first Nokia phone with inductive charging, but the Palm Pre had support for inductive charging three years ago.

  • Apple is years behind the curve, how is this news???? Nobody cares, inductive charging will be standard with next years models… Go apple, take everyone else’s work and try to call it your own…

  • Andy

    Surely the space taken up by this would be better served by being taken up with a bigger battery. Can’t see this system providing enough extra power to really do that much good…(unless your a marathon runner of course)

  • cody bratcher

    why put a charging system that will not work at all the places you go and may need to charge your phone like starbucks etc or even be able to charge in your car when all the car makers are going to use the standard for wireless charging. Not sure how this makes a apple product a good product..

  • cody bratcher

    Does the Writer know that The Samsung Galaxy S3 has Inductive charging already built into them? So no need to wait for the Rumored Galaxy S4 to see this old technology…LOL…and also that Inductive Charging was built into devices way before this phone was even a drawing…lol….

  • cody bratcher

    And Apple thinks that they came up with their idea of charging/powering a device by moving magnets. Anybody have/had or remember around 10…15 year ago, a Flashlight that had no batteries, all you had to do was shake it several times and you had light, or hand crank it…..Why a patent for a technology that isn’t original, oh, i forgot who i was talking about…LOL