Samsung calls 2015 “landmark year” for wireless charging
Wireless charging tries so hard to catch on. In theory, it’s a graceful solution to a world that’s cluttered with too many wires already, but a lack of strong manufacturer support, absence of ubiquitous charging points, and confusion over competing standards have all worked together to keep it from becoming more popular than it might otherwise be. Is there hope that the situation will ever get better? Samsung sure seems to think so, and the way the company sees it, this is the year when wireless charging is really going to shine.
In a lengthy blog post, Samsung talks a bit about the history of its wireless charging efforts and the improvements it’s made over the years, miniaturizing components and increasing charging speed. It even makes reference to some of the chips we saw lunched last year that support multiple charging standards, and how they’ll soon surface in commercial products that break through previous compatibility barriers.
Well that’s well and good, but what does it specifically mean for Samsung? While it stops short of promising specific features for specific devices, the company does say that it “will accelerate to democratize this wireless charging technology with compelling smartphones.” It goes on, “With our upcoming Galaxy smartphones, users will be able to enter a new wireless world like never before.”
That sure seems to imply that wireless charging will be a key feature of the Galaxy S6, though baked-in or available as an accessory back, we can’t yet say. Given how there might be some battery angle to the latest Galaxy S6 teaser, we’re very curious to see what becomes of this renewed interest in wireless charging tech.