Posts tagged with: Wireless Charging
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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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    For many of us who have gotten a taste of wireless charging, there's no possible way we can picture ourselves going back to old-fashioned wired charging. Sure, I still plug my phone in while I'm in the car, but that's simply because I haven't found a wireless charger that satisfies my needs (not yet, anyway). Wireless charging is tremendously convenient. In the wireless charging world, we don't see charging as a distinct act. It's not something we physically do. Instead, charging simply "happens" when we set our phones or tablets on our desk or nightstand. It's automatic. It's casual. ...

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    Ever since Motorola first announced its Moto 360 Android Wear smartwatch, we've known the wearable would get its power in a bit of a non-traditional manner. Back in June, when the 360 swung by the FCC, we started getting our answers about just what Motorola was planning, as the published certification paperwork confirmed support for the Qi wireless charging standard. But then recent rumors started getting us worried that this feature might come at a price, and wondering if the watch's steel construction might be a casualty of the choice to bring it wireless power. Fret not, for the latest ...

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    When it comes to wireless charging on smartphones, tablets, and (soon) smartwatches, there's only one standard we really care about: Qi from the Wireless Power Consortium. Sure, there are those companies who would really like us to use the PMA standard, but the support just isn't where it needs to be: in the hardware of the majority of phones with wireless charging, coming from our favorite manufacturers. For you fellow fans of Qi, the group behind it has some great news for you today, as it announces a new version of its standard that's going to start increasing the distance over which ...

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    Like many smartphones, Sony's Xperia Z2 does not support wireless charging out of the box. For proponents of the tech, that's a big deal, as lowering the bar of entry for wireless charging is often mentioned as being of paramount importance to helping it really catch on. But at least Sony was ready to give users the next best thing, and announced back in May its intention to release official Z2 accessories: a charging plate and wireless charging cover. Except now all of a sudden, near every trace of those products seems to have been wiped clear of Sony's site, leaving us wondering if the ...

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    The summer of smartwatches is upon us, and new Android Wear users everywhere are just starting to settle into life with their mobile accessories. The Moto 360 is standing by in the wings, ready to jump onto the retail scene in just another month or two, and entries by Apple and Microsoft are anticipated for a little later on. No matter which platform you call home, or what style smartwatch you prefer, you're going to have some good options to choose from. And as more and more of these wearables arrive, we're seeing how the decisions being made by manufacturers are shaping out expectations ...

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    So it’s an interesting question. Whenever any kind of new “thing” comes along, consumer demand is a hard aspect to pinpoint. Will they love it? Hate it? Not know what to do with it? These are all valid questions that any competent product and marketing team need to answer if a product is to succeed. This particular question came to my mind from a variety of sources. There was some discussion at my day job, and some discussion last week on the Pocketnow Weekly. At my day job, one co-worker commented that Android Wear didn’t really add anything except a slightly more convenient way ...

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    What is it with Nokia and the intersection between smartphones and fashion? While other companies focus on wearables like smartwatches and headsets, Nokia's been taking a positively haute couture attitude towards wearables, showing off fashionable (if not eminently impractical) conversation-starters like that Lumia 1520 skirt we looked at this past winter. Today we're checking out a similarly off-the-wall effort from Nokia and a designer, as we learn of what Nokia calls the first-ever “wireless charging trousers.” The slacks from designer A. Sauvage marry a typical pair of pants with ...

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    Yesterday we got word of the latest development in the slow rise of wireless charging technologies to prominence, with news that Starbucks was going forward with a nationwide effort to bring wireless charging stations to its cafes. While that would normally be great news, we were a little less than enthused to learn that these stations wouldn't support the Qi standard used by some of the most popular phones. Of course, even if Starbucks went with Qi, we'd still be looking at a majority of phones with no wireless charging support in the first place Why is it so damned difficult for all ...

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    Wireless charging for smartphones is slowly but surely pushing its way into the mainstream, as more phones arrive with support for the tech either built-in or easily added with the help of official manufacturer accessories. But for as promising as this all stands to be, there's a bit of a wrinkle that still needs to be addressed: charging standards. The problem is that the industry is embracing multiple, incompatible standards, and while technology may soon arrive to make that fight a moot point, for the moment it's a very real concern. We've already weighed-in on the battle, observing ...

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    New York City is a fine place to sneak a peek at some unreleased devices, and that's just what we did this week with the LG G3 event (streamed from London to an airy presentation room in a Chelsea skyscraper) and AT&T's ASUS PadFone X announcement (held on a posh rooftop lounge near the Flatiron). At one of those events, Daniel Bader of MobileSyrup was our seat neighbor, so we thought we'd invite him on this week's podcast to discuss the more globally significant of these high-profile launches. Join us as we share our impressions of the LG G3: how it stands on its own and how well it ...

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    Even though Apple has been reluctant to jump on certain bandwagons like NFC or Wireless charging, once you notice the lack of success behind both these technologies, you get to understand why. Neither of these services has gained much traction on giant platforms like Android, so it's clear that Apple wanted to figure things out before investing. For the first time in years we get to hear Apple having a change of heart, but today we get some serious hints as to some progress in the matter of wireless charging. Reports all the way from China have Apple already looking for coil manufacturers ...

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