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.
LG confirmed that an optional case with wireless charging capabilities would be made available to European customers.
Once again you asked and we answered. This week’s installment of Android Authority Q & A takes on all sorts of charging problems, issues with ROMs and more.
Samsung is moving to make sure Galaxy S4 owners are satisfied with the addition of official wireless charging accessories to its very own online store.
A consortium of manufacturers is great, in that they can find a common solution to work in all of their devices, but the carrier who pledges support is equally important. It’s carriers who are more likely, and in a better position, to give us wireless charging kiosks or stations.
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.
Wireless charging has long been one of those features we wish would be implemented as a standard, but nobody seems to be able to figure out. The Nexus 4 was touted as having the feature at launch, but it was months before we saw an actual charger at retail. Many thought the technology may just get lost in the shuffle, doomed to be ‘what could have been’.
The big hitters this week on Android Authority on Air was all things Facebook Phone. We covered the new HTC First, a mid-low range phone shipping with Facebook’s launcher built in and Facebook Home. The HTC First isn’t a bad device for the price and if you’re a Facebook fan you’ll probably love it. The same goes for the standalone launcher, Facebook Home. If you’re heavily addicted to Facebook, it’s not the worst choice in the world until you consider the advertisements and the privacy issues. Tune in to find out what we really think.
Today, we take a look at the Wireless Charging Orb for the Google Nexus 4. Wireless chargers are great for tangle-free desks, but are they worth it?
Samsung aims to replace the current Qi standard with A4WP certified, WiPower wireless charging devices, which should be available sometime next year.