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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nokia's new Lumia 920 may have stolen the show this morning while they announced a few new handsets, but the accessories Nokia brought to the market along with their new phones deserve a quick look too. We have wireless charging in multiple ways, NFC speaker docks from JBL and more so check them out below along with some hands-on and first impressions.
Nokia has revealed a new speaker dock for the Lumia 920, the JBL Power Up wireless speaker, which can pair and stream with the Windows Phone 8 handset without wires. Unveiled alongside the Lumia 920 in NYC this morning, the JBL dock uses a combination of Bluetooth and NFC to pair and stream music, but can also recharge your phone while it's playing.
Nokia has partnered with Fatboy on a wireless charging "pillow" for the new Lumia 920, a compact docking platform to rejuice your Windows Phone 8 handset. Meanwhile, Nokia has also partnered with Virgin Atlantic, Coffee Bean, and Tea Leaf, which will see the "pillow" included in Virgin lounges and embedded into tables at the drinks chains.