Why are we still waiting for widespread wireless charging to take off? Why doesn’t every Android device support it out of the box? Why can’t we be free from the tyranny of the wire? We take a look at the state of wireless charging.
The updated Qi v1.2 standard brings a greater range to both new and existing Qi devices, making it easier to charge multiple devices and allowing you to throw your devices onto a pad without worrying about being perfectly aligned.
Great technology is best with great design. This does not involve only aesthetics, but also usability, accessibility and functionality. When wireless charging technology came into fashion, for example, the intent was to enable untethered powering-up. However, design limitations resulted in some difficulty creating chargers that are both easy to use and well-designed. Case in point: While wireless charging gives you the convenience of just placing your device on a desk, mat or a car dashboard, you won’t be able to use it as easily as if the device were simply plugged in via wires. A Kickstarter project called Swich tries to…
You won’t have to worry about cables or charging plugs with the Moto 360, as the smartwatch will support Qi wireless charging.
Despite being one of the most technologically advanced handsets on the market today, the Galaxy S5 does not have built in wireless charging. Samsung just released two wireless charging cases, and I also tried many third party wireless charging solutions as well. Today, we check out the best ones! SView Cover Case First up is the $70 Samsung Wireless Charging S-View Flip Cover. This is a leather flip cover case with a square cut out on the front flap. It’s one of the better cases I’ve used, with genuine feeling leather, and a deep stitching that wraps around its periphery. The window is made out…
It looks like we are seeing the beginning of the end of the wireless charging wars. Although there are actually three competing wireless charging standards, it appears that the Qi specification will likely become the sole standard as Microsoft and Samsung Electro-Mechanics have joined the board of the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), the group responsible for the Qi standard.
The Alliance for Wireless Power has now officially introduced its new Rezence power standard, which uses magnetic resonance instead of inductive charging. Keep reading to learn more!
There are currently three rival groups trying to create the definitive wireless charging standard, Samsung and Qualcomm both belong to two of them. Now Samsung has boosted its interest in the WPC and the Qi standard by investing $4 million in a company called PowerbyProxi.
Wireless charging is still an emerging technology, but the battle is already heating up between the Wireless Power Consortium and the Alliance for Wireless Power for who will control the global standard. We break down the differences between the two competing technologies.
More sources have confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy S4 will support Qi wireless charging, though it’s still unknown if the feature will be available out of the box.