Wireless Charging

Android Auto Wireless reminded me of Google’s big Pixel mistake

Android Auto Wireless reminded me of Google’s big Pixel mistake

Google enabling Android Auto Wireless is great news, but Pixel phones' lagging behind iPhone in one key area does put the brakes on how useful the update is. Putting down your smartphone while you're behind the wheel is safety advice all of us would do well to remember. I just wish I could put my Pixel 2 XL down on a wireless charger when I do.

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This wireless-charging Kia Soul EV imagines life without cables

This wireless-charging Kia Soul EV imagines life without cables

Kia is testing out wireless charging for cars, fitting out a fleet of its Soul EVs with the ability to recharge without needing a plug. The fast-charging wireless power system removes the need to physically plug in an electric vehicle, instead using a power-transmitting pad placed on the ground underneath, and a counterpart receiving pad mounted on the underside of the car.

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Mophie’s Charge Stream Pad+ is a 10W wireless charger

Mophie’s Charge Stream Pad+ is a 10W wireless charger

Mophie has added a new, higher-power wireless charging pad to its line-up, delivering the fast wireless charge that the latest iPhone X, Galaxy S9, and other recent smartphones are greedy for. The new Mophie Charge Stream Pad+ looks pretty much identical to its predecessor, though what's changed inside is key.

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Acer Aspire S24 hands-on: 5 things to know

Acer Aspire S24 hands-on: 5 things to know

Acer's Aspire S24 wants to upset the apple cart, and prove that it's not only Cupertino that can design a good looking all-in-one. Launching today, the Aspire S24 combines waifs dimensions with legitimately useful features rivals haven't even started to offer, including a way to recharge your smartphone cable-free. Read on for what you need to know.

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Acer Aspire S24 slimline AIO still finds space for wireless charging

Acer Aspire S24 slimline AIO still finds space for wireless charging

Acer has a new all-in-one PC it's introducing to the world today, and while this is a fairly standard mid-range machine in many regards, there are two features that make for interesting points of focus. One thing that's immediately obvious about the Apsire S24 will be its size - this is one thin PC, with Acer saying that it's the slimmest all-in-one it's ever produced. If you've been wanting a sleek PC, then, Acer would have you look no further.

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Samsung patents OTA wireless charging system for phones, tablets

Samsung patents OTA wireless charging system for phones, tablets

Samsung has patented technology for true wireless charging -- that is, charging that doesn't even require the phone to touch the charging pad. Such technology has been dreamed about for decades, once being a common element in science fiction, soon hopefully to be a reality. Per the patent, Samsung's system would make it possible to wirelessly charge a mobile device from nearly anywhere in a room, even while the owner uses it.

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Wireless charging on phones: why it still hasn’t caught on

Wireless charging on phones: why it still hasn’t caught on

Apple, at long last, embraced wireless charging. Despite the continued existence of the rivaling PMA group, the WPC’s Qi technology has become the de facto wireless charging standard, especially after Powermat jumped onboard. But even with major business hurdles being cleared, wireless charging still remains at the periphery. A feature that is indeed available on a few high-end phones but not always used, much less promoted as a must-have. It has already been in use and in the market for years, so why is wireless charging still a niche feature? Ultimately, it boils down to its ironic inconvenience.

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Anker PowerWave 7.5 ride the wireless charging wave

Anker PowerWave 7.5 ride the wireless charging wave

Although long available in some phones, it hasn’t truly become a universal feature. With Apple’s adoption, however, it is expected to become so. The influx of new smartphones at MWC 2018, some of which do support wireless charging, is perhaps indicative of that trend. As one of the more popular manufacturers of third-party power solutions, Anker is in a position to capitalize on that wave. Which is why it has timed its announcement of its PowerWave wireless charging system just right, to give buyers of these new smartphones a wireless option for juicing up their new darlings.

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Apple AirPower charging mat release could be closer than we thought

Apple AirPower charging mat release could be closer than we thought

The introduction of the iPhone X was a big deal for a lot of different reasons, but one important one is that it signaled Apple's long overdue adoption of wireless charging. The iPhone X, just like the iPhone 8 and the latest Apple Watch, are Qi wireless charging capable. While that means they can be used with a bunch of wireless charging pads that already exist, Apple has its own on the way that can charge multiple devices at once.

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This single-seater EV has wireless charging just like Formula E

This single-seater EV has wireless charging just like Formula E

As convenience transport goes, a tiny, single-seater electric car designed for darting through urban traffic and while you never have to plug in sounds pretty good. That's just what Electra Meccanica is promising, with the news that it's adding wireless recharging support to its SOLO EV, based on the same technology being used around some much, much faster electric one-seaters.

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The Galaxy S9’s most important accessory just leaked

The Galaxy S9’s most important accessory just leaked

Samsung's new Galaxy S9 wireless charger has leaked ahead of the accessory's official unveil alongside the new flagship Android phone later this month. However, those hoping for a big improvement in wireless charging performance may be disappointed.

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iPhone SE 2 wireless charging unlikely says contrary analyst

iPhone SE 2 wireless charging unlikely says contrary analyst

Apple may not have the resources to add wireless charging to the iPhone SE 2, with analysts casting doubts on reports of the smallest iPhone getting a big upgrade in 2018. Released in early 2016, the iPhone SE was Apple's compromise for critics of big-screen smartphones. It proved to be surprisingly successful.

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