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’.
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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.
The Galaxy S4 comes with Qi wireless charging capability, but it looks like the availability of the feature will depend on your region and carrier.
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.
LG has announced the WCP-300, the world’s smallest wireless charger that’s compatible with the Nexus 4, Optimus G Pro and other LG devices.
Samsung is preparing to introduce a wireless charger for the Galaxy S3 (and possibly for the Galaxy S4) to the US market. We know this thanks to a set of documents that FCC released as part of its testing procedure.
LG is set to incorporate wireless charging into its entire smartphone product line, banking heavily on the forecast demand for wireless chargers this year.
If you’re tired of waiting for the Orb wireless charger, perhaps a 3D-printed substitute will do?