Posts tagged with: Wireless Charging
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    Wireless charging is still nice and all, but laying the phone onto one specific position on a flat surface is so passé. We're still a good time away from extended range wireless charging, so what are the mobile hapless to do? Watch LG. BusinessKorea is relaying industry chatter of an LG smartphone just out of development that uses magnetic resonance to charge up without cables. Unlike magnetic induction (your Qi, Powermat, etc.), magnetic resonance radiates power from a transmitter. It doesn't amount to much, but for what it's worth, it's said that LG's technology works from as far as ...

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    If you've always wanted to charge your aluminium-bodied iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s, Mophie is finally bringing some contact power to its product portfolio. Its Juice Pack Wireless products range has been extended from cases for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge to those fruity little devices, plus different mounts for your desk or the car. The cases and pads are compatible with Qi and "virtually any wireless charging technology," — say, Powermat — have magnets to keep your phone upright and "plugged" and come in any color you want, as long as it's black. Okay, the Galaxy S7 Juice Pack does also ...

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    If you feel that wireless charging has seeped into the background for a bit, you may have to readjust your expectations and wait a little bit longer. Energous, the company backed by mobile phone pioneer and virtuist Dr. Marty Cooper, has just gotten FCC approval of a miniature transmitter. That transmitter is part of the company's over-the-air wireless charging system that should be able to deliver power to devices at ranges beyond existing standards like Qi and Powermat. The Miniature WattUp transmitter "can be as small as a USB thumb drive" and can juice low power consumption device, ...

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    Those of you who are familiar with my work know that I’m a huge proponent of wireless charging, or inductive charging. In the world of mobile it is one of those things that just feels like using the future. It’s so cool, and so convenient, it really perks me up just thinking about it. Just plop your phone down on a pad, or a table and you’re juicing up. The convenience of it is incredible. It’s even easier than reversible connectors like lightning or USB-C connectors because it doesn't require a second hand. When you have kids, a second hand is not something to be taken for ...

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    Wireless charging sounds like such a great idea, but too often we find the technology plagued by trade-offs: sure, we may get to charge our phones without the need of cords, but charging range is often perilously short, hardware alignment can be tricky, efficiency isn't great, and speeds just can't compete with wired charging. The good news is that there's the potential for improvement on multiple fronts there, and particularly in the case of speed, we've heard about some big steps to deliver wired-charging parity. Now LG has confirmed that it's producing hardware capable of taking ...

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    Samsung, Xiaomi and Meizu better watch out. The future Apple is coming after them. Or something like that. It's always fun to pick around and see how the fortune tellers in office buildings see the future. In our case, it's especially fun to talk about some stellar hardware. Ming-chi Kuo has been a highly regarded analyst for a while at KGI Securities and he got the iPhone SE (mostly) in the bag. Didn't catch that part about the iPhone 5s dropping out of the race, huh? So, what's Kuo dealing this time in a research note on the 2017 iPhone? Maybe it'll be a big enough break from tradition ...

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    Jealous of the Samsung Pay novices constantly treated to compelling freebies? Don’t be, since you no longer have to be a new adopter of the mobile payment service to score a gratis Qi wireless charging pad. Even better, you can qualify for a free fast charge accessory for your Galaxy Note 5, S6 Edge+, GS7 or S7 Edge if you hurry. This juices up your Android powerhouse 1.4 times faster than standard wireless charging pads, like the one offered with first-time Samsung Pay use. What does that mean in actual charging numbers? Well, the Note 5, S6 Edge+, Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge should each go ...

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    What's it take for us to pull up a year-old phone and start looking at it in a new light? A software update? Sure – but it had better be a major one. A newly discounted price? Again, possibly, but you'd have to be practically giving the handset away for us to spend much time on an aging model. But what about new hardware functionality? The idea of a smartphone picking up some new hardware tricks months after it launches is a pretty tantalizing one, maybe most because it just so rarely happens. But here we are in March of 2016, a full year after Microsoft announced the Lumia 640 XL, ...

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    Update: Mophie has responded saying that the S7 and S7 edge juice packs will have micro-USB jacks for the devices to plug into. No jacks on hand, just an ace up the sleeve — at least, that's what we imagine. Mophie is back on the juice pack train. This time, it's going where it hasn't gone before: wireless. Mophie announced Qi standard juice packs for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge that will provide an extra 3,300mAh or "more than 60% extra battery and full case protection." The cases themselves are Qi-chargeable and will support fast wireless charging adn pass-through charging — ...

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    Wireless charging has been a reality for smartphone going back years now, and recent technological improvements have brought us things like multi-standard support and even fast charging that gives wired powered a run for its money. But all these systems have shared one hard-to-escape limitation: range. While your phone may charge with no problems when placed down on its power pad, you're out of luck if you want to set it on the other side of the room, or pick it up and use it while it charges. Now new systems are attempting to overcome that hurdle, like the ultrasound-based uBeam setup we ...

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    Support for wireless charging used to be one of the most contentious issues you'd face when buying a new handset. Would the phone you were buying support it at all? Would it support the same standard as your existing charging hardware? And even if the manufacturer built such support in to the handset's international edition, would local carrier variants see the feature stripped? By and large, the situation's much better these days: dual-standard support is becoming more common, and carriers are much more likely to leave the ability intact. But that's still not the case everywhere, and as ...

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    Wireless charging standards for smartphones got off to a bumpy start, and beyond shopper confusion over which handsets supported it at all, we had some competing, incompatible implementations to deal with: head over to Starbucks intent on charging your phone via table-top PMA wireless pad, and you might be out of luck if your phone only supports Qi charging. But this year things are really improving, and beyond the arrival of hardware designed to work just fine with multiple charging standards, we've also seen steps towards the groups behind those standards merging; back in January word ...

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    BlackBerry. Windows Phone. Android Wear. Samsung. Droid. These are just a handful of the brands that have adopted some form of wireless charging in 2015. Like it or not, cable-free charging is a thing – and you should like it, because it’s awesome. Sure, if you wanna be pedantic about it, there are still wires involved at some point, and its charging rates aren't yet as quick as a cable can deliver … but the convenience of dropping your phone on a pad (rather than fiddling with a connector) is something that has to be experienced to be fully appreciated. Now, a company called ...

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    The purpose of the Weekend Debate is to look at both sides of the story; to get a true idea about a concept, or two competing concepts and hash it out and see where we all stand about this. We’ve had some really great debates in the past, and I thank you for that. But if I’m going to be really honest with myself, there is one thing that I have not debated. I have taken it for granted that it is great, and maybe that was premature on my part. Wireless charging is a concept that hearkens back to the beginning of my webOS days. I’ve loved it ever since then, but maybe I have been ...

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    LG delivered a pair of big smartphone launches late last month, bringing us both the Nexus 5X and the company's new fall flagship, the V10. Sales of the latter handset are already open in LG's native South Korea, with the US set to see the phone land sometime in November. We know to expect hardware like that unusual “second screen” notification bar, as well as a 16MP main camera optimized to deliver a killer video-recording experience, and now a new report clues us in to one more detail about the V10's feature set, as a new certification listing reveals plans for an optional back panel ...

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    Forget about the future, let's talk about ... the future. Well, short-term, at least. One of our favorite wireless charging pads has been the Microsoft Wireless Charger DT-903. Michael Fisher appreciated the stable, smooth pebble form while also admiring the underglow each charger carried. Our review of the charger was back when tech circles embraced the Qi standard while the PMA charging standard was still putting up a fight. Now, with competing fast-charge Qi chargers abound, Microsoft is preceding its new Lumia flagship launches with a preview of the DT-904. If you're looking for any ...

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    Surely all of us have our own set of complaints with regards to smartphones, since hey, nothing is perfect. Still, I'm sure we can all agree that OEMs have done an amazing job at making phones faster, screens crisper, design more premium, and yet very few have really cared about improving battery life. That might change though as it seems that Motorola is onto something. Now, off the bat, let's be clear, this is Motorola Solutions we're talking about and not Motorola Mobility. So this is still the remaining US company, and not the mobile device section that got sold to Lenovo. It seems ...

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    Do you wirelessly charge your smartphone? It's not for everybody right now, and the commonly available tech has a number of limitations, but when it works it can be pretty convenient, and maybe just a little fun. One of the big limitations at the moment is the short-range operation of inductive systems, requiring your phone to be in one specific place on a charging mat – meaning you can't easily interact with your phone while it's charging. A new tech promises to overcome that obstacle in a major way, using ultrasonic audio to deliver power to devices at a significant distance from the ...

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    Wireless charging is one of those new technologies that seems helpless but to attract naysayers. Sure, old-fashioned wired charging offers plenty of its own advantages, but sometimes you don't need charging that's super-fast, or to be able to use your phone while its recharging, and if a wireless-charging pad happens to be nearby, why not take advantage of its convenience? One of the more pedantic complaints wireless-charging haters love to throw around is how the chargers aren't technically “wireless” - after all, you've still got to plug them into the wall, right? Very cute, we know. ...

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    We're down to the wire here with rumors and leaks about Google's new Nexus phones, and in the final day before the company's launch presentation (planned for noon Eastern tomorrow), a whole bunch of new details have been arriving to help flesh-out our understanding of the hardware. After rumors tackling the all-important question of device pricing, we're back to hardware specs for this next round, as a couple rumors attempt to clarify some features we won't end up finding on this year's Nexus phones. Google is not a fan of microSD on Android, and while the occasional rumor flirted with the ...

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    Hopping off the beaten path for a second, we heard a quick mention during Samsung's Unpacked event this year (you know, the one with the Note 5 and S6 edge+) about the company pouring more investment into wireless charging. Of course, what would help the cause out is a bump up in charging rates and more device compatibility for the standard. While we've solved one red-line device compatibility issue, it would be Samsung to provide a prominent solution to the other with its Fast Charge Qi Wireless Charging Pad. Thing is, while the Qi standard already heats your device and the charging pad ...

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    We've given him our reverence more than once around here. But it's another thing to sit down and talk with the man who made the smartphone possible. The man who – with the help of some very talented teams – made the cellular phone possible. The man who essentially made this site, our work and your thoughts on all of it possible. And our own Michael Fisher had the privilege of doing just that. Dr. Martin Cooper, born in Chicago in 1928, graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1950. He left his first job out of school at Teletype Corporation (which would soon get entangled ...

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    With the launch of the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge earlier this year, Samsung really put a priority on wireless charging support. Beyond being built right in to these phones themselves – not requiring any hardware add-ons – the hardware was designed to be compatible across popular standards, working just as well with WPC (Qi) as with PMA systems. But for the new Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+, Samsung wanted to step up its wireless charging game even more, and announced support for advanced high-speed wireless charging, capable of fully charging a completely dead battery in just ...

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    We were just thinking about Motorola's plans for Verizon, upon hearing about a couple possible Droid-series smartphones tipped to be in the works for the carrier. With the Moto X Pure Edition not slated to get any direct in-store support from the major US networks, Motorola could really stand to get a carrier on its side, and a new Verizon-exclusive Droid model might be just the ticket. In the weeks leading up to the launch of Motorola's latest Moto-line handsets we saw a leak or two purporting to reveal new Droid hardware, showing devices that seemed to match what was ultimately revealed ...

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    With support for wireless charging baked into flagship smartphones like the Galaxy S6, it's no surprise that we're seeing signs of the tech really starting to take off elsewhere, and one big indication that it's finally arrived has been the proliferation of wireless chargers. Whether in public spaces, in our cars, or in our furniture, it's becoming easier and easier to find places to top-off the battery of a phone supporting wireless charging. Now Samsung's got a convenient new option for charging your phone while working at your desk, as it introduces the first monitor with a wireless ...

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