Posts tagged with: Wireless 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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    If you’ve got an LG G4, you’ve got a pretty solid smartphone. We enjoyed our time with the new flagship, finding it to be a "leather looker with a killer camera" in our full review – and in some ways it even compares favorably with the Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9. But out of the box, it’s lacking one cool feature that OEMs have steadily been adding to their smartphones: Qi wireless charging. Sure, you could buy a Quick Circle case from LG to enable this feature, but it’s pricey – and not everyone finds a booklet-style case convenient. Fortunately, as we recently learned from a ...

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    For as useful as wireless smartphone charging can be, it's not without its drawbacks, but little by little we've seen significant efforts to overcome some of these limitations in recent years: from broader availability of public charging spots, to the arrival of devices that are compatible with both major charging standards. And while that progress is great, there's one problem area we'd yet to see adequately addressed. We're talking about heat, which wireless charging can generate in abundance when compared to traditional wired methods. And with heat being a mortal enemy of battery life, ...

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    By USB or by wall outlet, our gadgets receive energy and store it in their batteries. Once they're unplugged, they're immediately powering through your day. That is, if they can last as long as you do. And in the case of wearable technology, where battery capacity only goes so far as the technology inside of it and the limited physical footprint, sometimes they don't. With discharge cycles lasting anywhere between 18 hours and seven days, we're not excited with having to deal with what's still widely considered as an accessory to a smartphone rather than a dedicated device in its own ...

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    Wireless charging for smartphones has been making huge inroads upon the market this year, but when you need your handset recharged in a hurry, nothing beats the good old-fashioned wired way. The problem's been that while access to wireless charging stations and phones that support them has been improving, these systems just can't handle the same amount of power as something like a Quick Charge cable. Late last year we heard a little about efforts to do something about that, with Freescale Semiconductor cooking up a wireless charging solution that transmitted as much as 15 watts of power. ...

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    Wireless smartphone charging has sure taken its sweet time entering the mainstream, lacking a lot of support from both manufacturers and carriers, but little by little, it's been getting there. This year has easily been one of the most high profile for the technology, with support for the feature not just baked in to flagship devices like the Galaxy S6, but also receiving a lot more support on the charger side, like with what IKEA's doing with embedded chargers in furniture. But even with these advancements, confusion still remains, and that's no more true than with the new Samsung Galaxy ...

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    iOS always gets to bask in the spotlight of attention from mobile consumers, and that’s especially true during device launches and WWDC, the latter of which we just saw last week. But there’s a lot more than just iPhones and iPads out there, and Windows Phone is still a booming platform with a bevy of great and unique features. iPhones are great, just like Android phones and Windows Phones are great, but there are a few things that the people of Cupertino could learn from Windows Phone. A cleaner, more organized interface Consumers seem to have a very straightforward, ...

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    Do you do wireless charging? While it still can't come close to competing with the popularity of traditional wired charging, the presence of wireless charging tech in high-profile phones like the Galaxy S6 is helping to continue exposing such systems to broader audiences. But for acceptance to arrive, we don't just need phones that support wireless charging: we also need easy access to chargers. To that end, a couple months back IKEA announced a new range of furniture and home accessories designed with support for embedded wireless chargers in mind. The company said that sales would get ...

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    Samsung is super-excited about wireless charging at the moment. While it's offered wireless charging accessories for its handsets going back years by now, you'd be forgiven for considering these efforts to be afterthoughts: with the need to purchase and install optional charging backs, the company's solutions didn't feel much better than hacky third-party solutions. But the tide may be turning for the Galaxy S6, and beyond theories that the phone could feature integrated wireless charging right out of the box, we've seen Samsung very publicly drawing attention to wireless charging tech in ...

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    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 ...

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