Wireless Charging

OPPO, OnePlus phones might finally get wireless charging support

OPPO, OnePlus phones might finally get wireless charging support

Wireless charging has become more known and more common thanks in part to Apple’s support for the technology in recent iPhones. It has also become easier for manufacturers to include due to the trend of using glass backs instead of metal. But despite that, at least two popular OEMs have refused to jump on the bandwagon, namely OPPO and distant cousin OnePlus. That may soon be changing now that OPPO has joined the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), the organization that develops the widely-used Qi wireless charging standard.

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Apple AirPower charging pad may finally be launching soon

Apple AirPower charging pad may finally be launching soon

If you've been wondering where Apple's AirPower charging accessory is, you're far from the only one. The wireless charging pad was announced alongside the iPhone 8 and iPhone X way back in 2017, and while Apple told us then that it would be released sometime in 2018, here we are in 2019 still waiting for an update. The latest news is far from an official confirmation that AirPower will be shipping soon, however it is the most credible rumor about the device we've heard in some time.

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Apple AirPower needs a rethink

Apple AirPower needs a rethink

We may have reached 2019, but Apple's AirPower certainly hasn't, with the much-anticipated wireless charging pad failing to hit shelves by the end of the company's self-imposed deadline. Announced alongside not 2018's iPhone range, but the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus the year before, AirPower was to be one of the most sophisticated - and flexible - wireless charging pads on the market.

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AT&T Power Drum iPhone, Apple Watch wireless power bank hits FCC

AT&T Power Drum iPhone, Apple Watch wireless power bank hits FCC

Perhaps 2019 will be the year of the Airpower but until Apple finally launches its long-promised wireless charger, others will try to make their own version of it. And some will do a terrible job at it, depending on your aesthetic tastes. Take, for example, this AT&T “Power Drum” that just came out of the blue. Fortunately, it’s not really a big drum but its odd canister shape is designed to not only wirelessly charge an iPhone on top but also an Apple Watch wrapped around it.

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Galaxy S10 Powershare will wirelessly charge other phones

Galaxy S10 Powershare will wirelessly charge other phones

In the past, Samsung has been criticized, warranted or not, for copying Apple’s designs and features. These days, Samsung may be accused of settings its eyes on the smartphone market’s new #2. From the triple cameras to the dock-less desktop mode, Samsung may be seen as trying to catch up to Huawei’s rising popularity. The latest leaked feature for the upcoming Galaxy S10 definitely isn’t doing it any favors, as it will be seen as copying the Huawei Mate 20 Pro’s reverse wireless charging feature, whether it makes sense or not.

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Xiaomi again hints at major USA launch with 3 new products

Xiaomi again hints at major USA launch with 3 new products

This morning Xiaomi brought a few products to the USA to showcase the future. Xiaomi brought three products that'll be available for sale in the USA, and a few more that aren't (yet) available in the USA. On one hand, this seems like a fairly standard "We've got new products" event. On the other hand, bringing along products that aren't necessarily set to be available in the USA hints at something bigger.

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AirPods wireless charging case coming soon, AirPower still MIA

AirPods wireless charging case coming soon, AirPower still MIA

Apple is becoming an expert at teasing its fans bit by bit. Instead of overwhelming the market by dumping all new devices in one go, it has separated them almost in themed launches. But while most of Apple’s core products have already seen new models, one accessory remains unchanged. That’s changing soon because the legendary Ming-Chi Kuo claims that a slight refresh to the Apple AirPods is coming next year, followed by a major one the year after.

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This Satechi wireless pad with USB-C fast charging has just one problem

This Satechi wireless pad with USB-C fast charging has just one problem

Satechi today announced a new wireless charger for Qi-enabled Android devices and iPhones. Officially dubbed the Aluminum Type-C PD & QC Wireless Charger, this charger's biggest selling point is indicated right there in the name, as it supports fast charging through USB-C. That alone puts it head and shoulders above a lot of wireless charging pads out there, many of which are still using micro USB.

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New Apple Watch wireless charging dock released as AirPower still MIA

New Apple Watch wireless charging dock released as AirPower still MIA

A new Apple wireless charging pad has been released, though you shouldn't get excited about Apple AirPower. The combination wireless charging pad, capable of powering up three Apple devices simultaneously, is still missing-in-action, but the Cupertino firm isn't letting that slow its momentum on other wireless chargers.

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Twelve South PowerPic wireless phone charger looks like a picture frame

Twelve South PowerPic wireless phone charger looks like a picture frame

Twelve South has a new wireless charger for Qi-enabled smartphones and it's called PowerPic. The name refers to the device's unique design, which transforms the smartphone into a piece of art...at least until it finishes charging. When not in use, PowerPic looks like an ordinary picture frame that blends in with other room decor.

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Mophie Charge Stream desk stand is a versatile Qi wireless charger

Mophie Charge Stream desk stand is a versatile Qi wireless charger

Mophie has launched its Charge Stream desk stand, a Qi wireless charging stand for the latest iPhone models, as well as certain Samsung phones and other devices that are Qi-enabled. Unlike some wireless chargers, the new Mophie model features a mostly vertical design, propping the phone up so that it can still be easily viewed and used.

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Samsung’s fast wireless charger is about to get more accessible

Samsung’s fast wireless charger is about to get more accessible

Almost all smartphones these days support wireless charging, including Google’s new Pixel 3. Well, almost. OnePlus still remains steadfast in its opinion about the technology, just as it had remained steadfast about the 3.5 mm headphone jack until today. Wireless chargers, however, is still a lot slower than wired but some OEMs like Samsung do offer fast wireless charging for a price. That price is about to get slashed thanks to an upcoming wireless charger that is not only more compact but also a lot cheaper too.

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