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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Sound file in ‘all new HTC One’ suggests wireless charging capabilities for device

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Information about the all new HTC One has been leaking for weeks now, and there doesn’t seem to be a shortage in sight. We’ve just received word that the new device is expected to feature wireless charging capabilities.

This isn’t a surprise, but it’s valuable information nonetheless.

The hint was discovered after sound files from the new device were looked into— among notification and alarm sounds was an .ogg file called, “Wireless Charging Started.”

The file name pretty much gives it all away. With all of these leaks coming so quickly, don’t be surprised when more comes out in the next few days.

Via: Phone Arena

A4WP, PMA agree to create wireless charging standards

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The Alliance for Wireless Charging and Power Matters Alliance, two of the biggest groups around, agreed to create a standard for wireless charging. The end goal of this agreement is to end wireless charging fragmentation. Currently, there are so many wireless charging stations; however, they are not compatible with all devices. For example, Nokia’s smartphones use the Qi standard that was created by the Wireless Power Consortium. This is the group that has not agreed to create a wireless charging standard, unfortunately.

In some cases, a company joins multiple groups while others join just one. Samsung belongs to the A4WP but recently invested in a Qi standard company. Qualcomm, on the other hand, belongs to each of the big three. While the A4WP and PMA are not required to work directly with one another, this agreement should allow them to ‘play nice.’


The Galaxy S 5 probably won’t sport magnetic resonance wireless charging

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Back in October, there was a rumor that Samsung would offer magnetic resonance wireless charging by mid-2014, and many were hoping it meant the Galaxy S 5 would be the first device.

What exactly is this type of wireless charging? It essentially allows the phone to be charged without actually touching the charging pad. Multiple devices can be charged at the same time as long as they are 3cm from the charging pad or station. Unfortunately 3cm isn’t all that far, and Samsung seems to agree.

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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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MediaTek’s wireless charging technology could support many devices, getting rid of the crowded field of standards

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MediaTek has announced that they have successfully created a way technology that allows wireless charging to take place regardless of the equipment being used. While it is not ready for immediate production, it will solve a big issue with wireless charging

There are many different wireless charging solutions; therefore, a person’s tablet and smartphone may not use the same wireless charging technology. Also, they require a very precise position on a charging pad. MediaTek’s solution would allow devices to be laid anywhere on the charging pad without having to worry about the position. More interestingly, it may allow to charge through walls. It is that incredible. Hit the source link to read more about what MediaTek is working on.

Source: MediaTek (PDF)

Samsung offers wireless charging, S-View flip cover for Galaxy Note 3

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Samsung has combined two popular cover options into one with the release this week of the Wireless Charging S-View Flip Cover for the Galaxy Note 3. The S-View feature gives users access to their phone’s features without having to actually flip open the cover. Users can access information like the clock and phone status, accept or reject incoming calls, quickly access the camera, open the Action Memo menu and even navigate music. » Read the rest

Need to get something from the Play Store by Christmas? Standard shipping eligible by noon Monday

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If you are on the verge of picking up something from the Google Play Store, do it fast. Standard shipping can score you certain items you would like by Christmas. But, you have deadline. Monday, December 16, at noon. Items listed are the Nexus 7 (white too), Nexus 10, Chromecast, and some cases and a wireless charger. It is likely limited to just these items; therefore, if you’re picking up a Nexus 5, you likely won’t be able to take advantage of this. And, of course, you can still choose rush shipping to ensure a timely delivery. Hit the source link to see all of the items listed.

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Alliance for Wireless Power picks out Rezence brand name for wireless charging products

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A4WP Rezence

The Alliance for Wireless Power, one of the groups of tech makers that’s pushing for wireless charging standards, has announced that they’ve picked out a brand name for their products that support their specific type of wireless charging. The brand? Rezence, complete with that fancy logo you see above.

Unfortunately, there are no actual A4WP products on the market yet. The Wireless Power Consortium (which back the Qi wireless charging standard) and the Power Matters Alliance all have at least a few things available on the market. However, we should see the first Rezence-capable products shown off at CES in January with plans to get those devices into market by the middle of 2014.

What do you guys think? Will adopting a brand name to promote help wireless charging become mainstream?

source: AllThingsD

Bluetooth SIG and Alliance for Wireless Power connect on new specification for smart charging stations

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Apparently someone issued a memo urging companies to take a bigger interest in wireless charging as we have yet another bit of news from that field. The Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) announced today that they have entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Bluetooth SIG to establish a formal relationship between the entities for the purpose of creating smart wireless charging station standards. According to the press release, the Bluetooth SIG has issued a Universally Unique Identifier (UUID) for A4WP as part of the baseline system specification (BSS). A4WP will use the Bluetooth Smart standard to establish and maintain charging sessions. According to the press release, consumers will benefit in the following ways:

  • Consumers will benefit from devices initiating a charge more quickly when coming into contact with charging surfaces
  • Consumers will also see improved power control features such as giving one device prioritized charging when multiple devices are charging at the same time
  • OEMs and developers will be able to create a new class of applications to leverage these smart wireless charging stations (e.g., mobile payments, location based services)

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