Wireless Charging

Samsung wireless TV could be the start of a new trend

Samsung wireless TV could be the start of a new trend

Once hulking boxes that sat on top of sturdy wooden or metal cabinets, TVs have become so slim that they could be hung on and disappear into walls. But while the super thin and bezel-less frames make them look like they're embedded into walls, the one thing that breaks the illusion are the wires and cables that dangle out of these modern TVs. Samsung might be toying with a solution to that problem and, no, it won't involve a not-so-invisible One Invisible Connection.

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Vivo might use Energous WattUp over the air charging tech soon

Vivo might use Energous WattUp over the air charging tech soon

Vivo might call dibs on innovations like the in-screen fingerprint scanner, the first elevating camera, dual displays, or seamless button-less phones, but when it comes to battery charging tech, its cousin OPPO has a head start. That might not be true for long as the Chinese manufacturer strikes up a partnership with Energous to bring the latter's over-the-air "true" wireless charging technology to future generations of Vivo smartphones.

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OnePlus 7 wireless charging still won’t be happening

OnePlus 7 wireless charging still won’t be happening

Perhaps there is a reason why OnePlus no longer uses its "Never Settle" slogan that much if at all. It has proven, for better or worse, that it will actually settle for something less, usually for price or practical considerations. For some time, it refused to add an NFC chip in its smartphones. It also backtracked on its own boasts and eventually booted the headphone jack out of the OnePlus 6T. In a similar vein, it seems unwilling to budge on the topic of wireless charging, hinting that it won't be on the upcoming OnePlus 7.

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Qualcomm Quick Charge wireless power now works with Qi standard

Qualcomm Quick Charge wireless power now works with Qi standard

There's a brand name for the sort of wireless charging you've been doing with your phone for the last however-many-years, and it's called Qi. This brand is part of the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), a group whose members include basically every major consumer technology company in the world. Qualcomm has a brand for the tech they've made to allow smartphone batteries to charge speedily and safely - it's called Qualcomm Quick Charge. Today Quick Charge was announced to be working with wireless power, and interoperable with the Qi-Certified standard.

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Apple in 2019: AirPower, reverse wireless charging, iPads

Apple in 2019: AirPower, reverse wireless charging, iPads

Like it or not, and some definitely don't, Ming Chi-Kuo continues to be one of the most listened to personalities when it comes to making Apple product predictions. Despite leaving KGI Securities for TF International Securities, Kuo keeps on churning insight after insight and tip after tip to keep Apple fans and observers curious about the company's plans. In a research note to clients, the analyst unloaded a ton of information, some of which sound like common sense while others sound more like wishful thinking.

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WiTricity bought Qualcomm’s wireless car charging tech to cut the EV cord

WiTricity bought Qualcomm’s wireless car charging tech to cut the EV cord

Wireless car charing could finally be nearing the mainstream, giving EV drivers an alternative to remembering to plug in every time they pull up at home or at work. WiTricity has inked a deal to acquire Qualcomm's Halo technology, the wireless charging system that makes topping up an EV as straightforward as parking on top of a special pad.

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Galaxy S10 reverse wireless charging is coming

Galaxy S10 reverse wireless charging is coming

In the past, Samsung has been accused of blatantly copying Apple’s designs and features. That is probably history by now and the Korean manufacturer might be setting its sights on a new rival. That rival, which unseated Apple as the world’s second-biggest phone maker, is Huawei and, according to leaks, Samsung will be giving all four Galaxy S10 models one of Huawei’s craziest features of late: reverse wireless charging.

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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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