Wireless Charging

Qualcomm Halo: Inside the tech of the world’s largest wireless car charging trial

Qualcomm Halo: Inside the tech of the world’s largest wireless car charging trial

Wireless charging has made headlines in recent weeks, but a new Qualcomm Halo trial kicking off in the UK is targeting the devices that live in your garage rather than in your pocket. Just as Google's Nexus 4 and Nokia's Lumia 920 each support wireless charging, rejuicing via simple desk pads rather than the fumble of slotting in a microUSB cable, so chip and wireless specialist Qualcomm sees the future of electric and hybrid urban mobility being wire-free. There's a big difference, though, between a fifty buck charging plate for your phone and a way of cutting the cord for electric vehicles and potentially opening up the road as a dynamic power highway. SlashGear caught up with Qualcomm and some select partners to find out what makes Halo special, and why it's just as much at home on a 200mph racing car as it is your city runabout.

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LG Spectrum 2 brings Optimus LTE2 to Verizon with wireless charging

LG Spectrum 2 brings Optimus LTE2 to Verizon with wireless charging

It's time for some more international flavor over at Verizon with the Optimus LTE2 hitting their 4G LTE airwaves re-named LG Spectrum 2 with a remix on the apps and features. Inside this device you'll find a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor from Qualcomm and a lovely 4.7-inch HD display up front with 1GB of RAM inside and a $99.99 price tag after $50 mail-in rebate. It's also got 16GB internal storage, a microSD card slot for 32GB more, and of course 4G LTE connectivity.

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Nexus 4 Wireless Charging Orb revealed

Nexus 4 Wireless Charging Orb revealed

Google has thrown in its lot with wireless charging, equipping the LG Nexus 4 with a companion desktop charging stand called the Wireless Charging Orb. A compact bubble finished in black plastic and rubber, and with a sliced-off docking plate that props the Nexus 4 up at an angle, the new dock will rejuice your Googlephone as well as hold it up for video viewing.

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If Google’s Nexus line gets wireless charging, will Apple follow suit?

If Google’s Nexus line gets wireless charging, will Apple follow suit?

When a major competitor releases a hero product to the market that they intend to keep around for some time to come, you as a tech company have an opportunity - for Google, that opportunity exists in the absence of wireless battery charging in the iPhone 5. An image has been making the rounds today that very much appears to be approximately half of a Nexus Q - but is being called a wireless charging unit for the Nexus 4. The Nexus 4 is almost certainly going to be revealed on Monday by Google at their big Android event [we'll be there!] as the same unit that's been shown in a rather giant amount of leaked images over the past few weeks - with wireless charging via this pad, has Google suddenly one-upped Apple, not to mention Nokia?

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Nokia Lumia 920, 820 wireless accessories priced in the UK

Nokia Lumia 920, 820 wireless accessories priced in the UK

One of the cool new features coming to Nokia's latest Lumia 920 and 820 devices is wireless charging. We've seen it on other handsets in the past -- notably Palm devices, but it's still not that prominent yet in the mobile market. Today, Nokia announced UK pricing for its various wireless-charging accessories for the Lumia 920 and 820.

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Why the iPhone 5 needs no NFC, wireless charging, or localized haptic feedback

Why the iPhone 5 needs no NFC, wireless charging, or localized haptic feedback

It's time to have a chat about what the iPhone 5 didn't bring to the table this week now that the dust has settled - somewhat - after the big Apple reveal. Two features you might be wondering about - and one that you might never have heard of - for the iPhone 5 that we've had questions about are these: NFC, Wireless Charging, and Localized Haptic Feedback. We've discussed the first two extremely briefly right after the press conference was complete, while the third has still been weighing on our minds even without a lot of your questions for us on the device in the end.

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iPhone 5 revealed without NFC or wireless charging – what happened?

iPhone 5 revealed without NFC or wireless charging – what happened?

This week we're taking a look at the iPhone 5 as it was revealed by Apple in all its glory alongside iOS 6 and a set of hardware innovations like the Lightning connector - but what happened to NFC and wireless charging? We'd heard several times in tips and "leaks" that an NFC sensor was in the plans for this device for some time - but inside the last few weeks of this unofficial stream of shady bits, it was all but confirmed that, given the size of the device, NFC was not physically possible. Wireless charging, on a similar note, was never officially spoken about by Apple, and though Apple's competitors - such as Nokia, for example - are working with the technology soon, Apple has simply opted out.

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Wireless power breakthrough uses adaptive resonance to support multiple wireless platforms

Wireless power breakthrough uses adaptive resonance to support multiple wireless platforms

I have said on more than a few occasions that one of the most interesting things smartphone companies can do, in my opinion, is offer wireless charging. We all know the hassle of fiddling with wires and trying to get a charger connected, especially in the dark, to charge or smartphones and other devices. Wireless charging with Qi and other wireless power methods is very important to many of us.

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Nokia gets Windows Phone 8 fever: Lumia 920 and 820 wrap-up

Nokia gets Windows Phone 8 fever: Lumia 920 and 820 wrap-up

We've been at Nokia's Windows Phone 8 event all morning, and the event has given us plenty to talk about. Most important is the reveal of the Nokia Lumia 920, which many figured was going to be officially announced at this event. The Lumia 920 is here at last, and it's definitely worthy of being called Nokia's new flagship device. Naturally, we managed to get some hands-on time with it, and we were pretty pleased with what we saw.

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