Posts tagged with: Wireless Charging
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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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    If you're looking for a little pizzazz with your wireless charging, look no further than TYLT. The company cemented its place in our hearts with the original TYLT Vü, which we evaluated with the help of a then-new Lumia 920 back in 2013, and now it's back with a smaller, portable charger in the TYLT Vü Solo. Like the original Vü, the Solo takes its attention-grabbing power from a sleek design and bold colors, and it takes its phone-replenishment power from the magic of Qi inductive charging. But what if you own a phone that doesn't pack the necessary internals to feel the power of ...

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    Despite sluggish adoption, confusing marketing and a long-simmering standards war, wireless chargers litter today's tech landscape. From the TYLT Vu to the Aukey Luna to Google's Nexus "orb" to Nokia's old DT-900, owners of Qi-enabled smartphones have no shortage of options to juice up their devices in the most futuristic manner possible. But Microsoft wasn't satisfied with the status quo, as they made clear in a press event at IFA 2014. There, alongside the newly-announced Lumia 730 and 830, we got our first look at the DT-903: a flattened, enlarged sequel to the DT-900 charging plate ...

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    With the end of January now in sight, February looming close over the horizon, and MWC just beyond that, it's an exciting time to be talking about upcoming Samsung hardware. For that trade show getting underway in just a few weeks, expectations are high for Samsung to deliver not just a Galaxy S6, but maybe also a Galaxy S6 Edge and a companion smartwatch. Rumors about that wearable have started getting quite detailed in recent days, discussing not just a circular screen, but also a twisting bezel ring control for interacting with the smartwatch's UI. Today we hear about the latest attempt ...

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    Why isn't wireless device charging more popular than it is? We could spend all day offering reasons (and occasionally we do), from speed, to cost, to the lack of bundled chargers with devices that support them. One of those myriad reasons is the fear of incompatibility, a situation not helped any by the lack of a universal wireless charging standard. The good news is we've already seen steps being taken in the right direction towards resolving that situation, and this week we get word of a major milestone towards simplifying the wireless charging landscape, as two of the existing industry ...

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    I'm a big fan of Qi wireless charging (just in case you didn't know that already). I use an Anker charger on my desk at home. My Moto 360 smartwatch came with its own Qi wireless charging stand (but I can put it on any other charger just in case I need to top it off throughout the day). I have two chargers at work. I even have a wireless charger in my car and a Zens battery with Qi built right in. (And just in case your phone or tablet doesn't come with Qi out of the box, you can add it quickly, easily, and very inexpensively!) It sounds perfect, right? There is, however, a problem with ...

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    We've long been fans of Qi Wireless Charging, but not all devices support the standard. Devices that include Qi can be recharged through electromagnetic induction rather than by directly connecting to a power source via  a charging cable. This requires some additional components inside Qi-compatible devices as well as a "base station" or charging pad, but once you've tried it, you'll very likely be hooked. However, if your phone or tablet didn't come with Qi support built-in, you may have thought you were out of luck. Not so! If your smartphone or tablet has a micro-USB port, it's ...

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    Mobile device manufacturers are always looking for the latest hot feature to capture the public's attention. Over the past few months, we've seen several efforts to draw shoppers' eyes to the notion of fast charging – power adapters able to push so much juice into our phones that we're charging them to capacity in a matter of minutes, not hours. And while that's all really great, it's not doing much to help promote another big power-related tech: wireless charging. Sure, wireless charging can be quite convenient, but it's also a bit slow. However, that may soon be changing, as solutions ...

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    AT&T is set to start carrying the Lumia 830. The carrier confirmed as much back in early September, just days after the handset launched at IFA 2014. There's still no official date for exactly when the 830 will go up for sale, but the latest rumors have attempted to nail-down November 7 as the most likely possibility. As we wait to see if that date proves to be correct, some additional technical information on the handset is coming to light, and it's good news for anyone who likes wireless charging and broad accessory compatibility. We already knew the Lumia 830 would support wireless ...

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    There's one caveat if you want to install the massive Android 4.4W.2 update that's rolling out now to the Moto 360: your battery needs to be at least at 80%. And to get to 80%, you probably need a charger. Conveniently enough, Google Play has answered your prayers: the Moto 360 wireless charging dock is now in stock on the online store, though for a hefty $39.99 at that. We should point out that the Moto 360 charges via standard Qi, which means alternative solutions (like the ZENS PuK we recently gave the hands-on treatment to) will work. This also means that there are cheaper ...

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    Wireless charging is awesome. This is an objective fact whose merit won't be disputed because 1) I'm just old enough to be impressed by technology that was totally far-fetched when I was young, and 2) I'm writing this piece at 10pm on a Friday night after a 4500-word review and the longest podcast in Pocketnow history, so I'll say what I want and you'll like it. But seriously. For all its missteps and quirky implementations and standards wars, wireless charging is one of the coolest things you can do on a smartphone without turning the screen on. All it takes is a few days of using it ...

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    Yesterday's Apple Watch launch offered plenty of reasons for smartwatch fans to take note, and among the wearable's many interesting features, we caught wind of the fact that it charges through wireless induction technology. Apple wasn't doing much to call attention to this fact, but the details were undeniable. Still, it didn't look much like any wireless system with which we were familiar, and instead of any kind of dock or charger pad, instead we saw a tiny inductive coil that snapped right on to the back of the Apple Watch with the help of some powerful magnets. So really, it may be ...

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    Today's Apple event showed the company coming around to certain technologies it had actively avoided in years past: maybe the most notable among those was the inclusion of NFC support in the two new iPhone models, as well as its Apple Watch wearable. Following the big announcements, we have some time to start looking more closely at all this new hardware, and as we do so we're picking up on some other pertinent details. Another tech Apple is finally giving some attention is wireless charging, and we see such support confirmed for the Apple Watch – though not in a way that many fans of ...

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