Samsung is reportedly going to fit authorization chips into accessories like wireless chargers, battery packs, and smart covers. The move may impact the unofficial accessories market and increase costs for end users.
Samsung may launch wireless chargers that work from a distance by mid-2014
Samsung is working on magnetic resonance wireless charging technology, with first products to launch next year. Depending on the implementation, magnetic resonance technology should enable charging at distances of several inches or 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.
European LG G2 will feature wireless charging through separate case
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.
Qi vs A4WP: War of the wireless charging standards
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’.