AT&T LG G3 only supports PMA wireless charging, no Qi charging available

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AT&T’s LG G3 does support wireless charging, but if you’ve invested in any Qi charging mats, don’t expect them to work. The AT&T version of the device will only work with PMA (Power Matters Alliance) charging pads, which includes offerings from Duracell and a few other companies. AT&T has pretty publicly tried to support PMA charging instead of Qi, so this move makes sense for the company, even though it’s not great for customers. » Read the rest

Samsung, Microsoft join the Wireless Power Consortium to adopt Qi wireless charging

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Both Samsung and Microsoft today have announced that they are joining the Wireless Power Consortium. In doing so, the companies will adopt the Qi wireless charging standard. Samsung already belongs to, and in fact co-founded, the Alliance for Wireless Charging group; however, the A4WP agreed to work with the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) last month in order to make wireless charging a less fragmented system.

For Samsung, this is interesting as it shows they are willing to utilize another wireless charging standard. For Microsoft, however, it is a no-brainer since Nokia’s handsets utilize the WPC’s Qi wireless charging system. The WPC, A4WP, and PMA all have different standards, but this deal can move the three closer together in creating an overall cohesive experience for wireless charging.

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A look at new Qi wireless charging applications for the automobile from the Wireless Power Consortium at CES 2014

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Qi_Wireless_Charging_From_Wireless_Power_ConsortiumWireless charging is something consumers want, but the manufacturers continue to take their time agreeing with a standard. We have the Alliance 4 Wireless Power and the Wireless Power Consortium. Both include partners such as Qualcomm and Samsung that are members with both organizations. A little messed up to say the least.

Last year at CES, I met with the Alliance 4 Wireless Power, and this year, I met with the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), WPC is committed to Qi technology, which seems to be the most logical since that is pretty much all we see in the wild. Now if manufacturers would stop fooling around and implement it in their devices, we might start seeing the benefits of wireless charging.

Charging pads at home is just one aspect, but charging pads in the car and commercial establishments is where the future is. WPC showed me a couple of new products for the automobile, so hit the break for a quick hands on video.

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Samsung invests in PowerbyProxi to push the Qi standard for wireless charging

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Wireless charging is still a mess since there continues to be no standard, but that hasn’t stopped companies from making moves. Samsung (Samsung Ventures Investment Corporation) just made yet another move by investing $4 million in PowerbyProxi, which supports the Qi standard. Both companies are also part of the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC). On the surface, this sounds like we are moving closer to unification, but lets not forget that Samsung is also a member of the Alliance For Wireless Power (A4WP), which uses a completely different standard.

While all these companies try to figure it all out, yet another option is gaining traction which utilizes Cota technology. It allows for devices to be charged remotely with no wires or pads up to 30 feet away. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that we will have a standard anytime soon.

source: GigaOm

Qualcomm joins the Wireless Power Consortium board, founders of Qi wireless charging

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Qualcomm was a founding member of the Alliance for Wireless Power, or A4WP. That’s important to remember, as they’ve just announced they’ll be joined the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), the rival group of wireless charging that backs the Qi wireless charging standard. So now, Qualcomm is in the odd position of being a member of two separate groups that are both trying to make their own technology the standard of the entire industry. It’s a weird situation, but it may mean that we’ll finally, eventually see one type of wireless charging become the standard in the entire industry, with all major players adopting that one standard. » Read the rest

Qi wireless charging solution for Samsung Galaxy S 4 now available for pre-order

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So you already own the Galaxy S 4, but want a wireless charging solution. Samsung still hasn’t released their version yet, but Mobile Fun in the UK has a solution for you that is available for pre-order now. The charging pad goes for $53.99 and is already available now. It will actually work out of the box with other Qi compatible phones such as the Nexus 4 and the DROID DNA.

If you own a Galaxy S 4, you will need to also buy their wireless charging cover that will replace your current back battery cover. This goes for $37.99 and is available in both black and white. The good news is that these covers will work with any Qi charging pad, so if you already own one, you will only need to buy a cover. Unfortunately they aren’t in stock yet, but if you pre-order now, it should arrive at your doorstep in about 4 to 6 weeks. Hit the break for a short demo video and links to get your order in.

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Samsung Galaxy S 4 To Get Qi Wireless Charging Accessories

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The Samsung Galaxy S 4 will always be able to charge the traditional way, but if you’re wanting to charge it wirelessly, Qi charging accessories will be coming soon. Qi issued an official press release today announcing their work on wireless charging accessories for the S 4. They didn’t mention a release date or price, but with the latest flagship Samsung smartphone coming out towards the end of April, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect the accessories available around then. Currently, Qi is used in products by Motorola, LG, Sony, Toshiba, Nokia, HTC, and many more.

Source: Business Wire

Qi wireless charging pad from Samsung drops by the FCC for a teardown

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Samsung looks to be attempting to retain dominance in the tech industry and this time it’s in the area of wireless charging. As you might remember from CES, Qualcomm is a big partner with the Alliance For Wireless Power (A4WP), which hopes to debut a newer wireless technology utilizing Bluetooth. Surprisingly, this new device doesn’t utilize it, but instead it uses one of the current standards Qi.  Speculated as a preparation for a wide release, Samsung has brought this charging plate to the FCC where they have torn down the device. Underneath the top plate lies powerful technology including an electromagnet powering the device. The FCC provided teardown images of which you can find after the break.

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First look at Fulton Innovations Qi wireless charging concepts [Video]

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When we heard Fulton Innovations was demoing a tablet that could actually charge your smartphone, we had to take a look. Come to find out, that’s not the only thing the company is showing off at CES 2013. Rather, Fulton Innovations has big plans in store for wireless charging, and especially the Qi standard found on devices like the Droid DNA and LG Nexus 4.

The company envisions a future where manufacturers can release cheap, electron-infused sheets of  paper with things like speakers or buttons that can be powered by your smartphone or tablet. Who would have thought we could utilize the same standard we use to charge our device to actually power other objects. Pretty darn cool.

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Qik Video $5 Monthly Premium Subscription Adds New Features

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The Qik Video app that presents Skype software to help you stay connected through video chat, mail and share options is offering users a $4.99 monthly premium subscription with a new assortment of extra features including:

  • Unlimited video storage for as many videos as you want to save, playback, or share later.
  • Send/Receive videos in high definition and 3D on select mobile devices.
  • Qik Desktop enables video management from your computer by adding video from your gallery and syncing to your desktop. Plus you can automatically sync Qik videos from phone to desktop for editing and sharing.

To start streaming live videos with friends and family around the world, hit the break for the Android Market link or grab the QR code from our popular apps database.

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