The Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge have built-in wireless charging, so why not a monitor? That may well have been Samsung’s thinking when it comes to its newly announced SE370 Full-HD monitors. And you have to admit, it makes sense, many of us have our smartphones nearby when we sit at the computer. Wireless charging built-in to the base of the monitor would be more than handy, allowing us to keep our compatible handsets topped up as well as keeping the clutter of extra cables to a minimum.
In yet another Galaxy S6 ad, Samsung is demonstrating the device’s wireless charging abilities, showing consumers how much more efficient and easier the technology is over the standard charging cable.
Do you find wireless charging very slow? Well that is all about to change very soon. The Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) announced today that a new Qi wireless power standard is coming. It is similar to Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology meaning it should be very fast.
The Moto 360 Wireless Charging Dock is now available in the Google Play Store. The item had shown up a few days ago, but could not be ordered. That changed today as Google has the units in stock and ready to ship within 1-2 business days after an order is placed. The list price for the dock is $39.99. Read more
The Qi wireless charging standard is one of the most popular wireless charging solutions, but it still has limitations. Since it solely uses inductive charging, your device has to sit on a charging pad to work. That removes the hassle of plugging in a USB cable, but you’re not exactly going to be using your phone if it’s glued to a power mat. Fortunately, it looks like the Wireless Power Consortium is going to be adopting a new technology into the Qi standard that will allow devices to charge at a slightly longer distance. Read more
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 more
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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Wireless 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.
Google’s wireless charging pad for the Nexus 4, 5, and 7 are finally available on the Google Play Store, 3 weeks after its initial announcement. Its official name is the Nexus Wireless Charger and costs $49.99 (plus tax and shipping). Shipping time is currently listed as 1-2 days and is only available in the U.S. and Canada. Remember, although the device is listed as compatible with the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, and Nexus 7 (2013), it will work with any Qi supported device.
If you don’t mind shelling out a few extra bucks for an official Nexus branded charging pad, go ahead and buy.
Source: Google Play
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 more