Alliance for Wireless Power Looks to Challenge Qi
The Alliance for Wireless Power is prepared to go head-to-head with the Wireless Power Consortium's Qi specification. The A4WP has spent the last six months finalizing its own specification for wireless inductive charging, and has support from Qualcomm, Samsung, and other key industry players. According to the A4WP, it is prepared to take its own specification to wireless network operators and handset makers for use in smartphones and other mobile product, such as tablets and Bluetooth headsets. A4WP representatives told Phone Scoop that it has been working with handset makers and has adjusted its specification to meet their requirements. Rather than using a pole-to-pole / point-to-point connection to achieve a charge, the A4WP lets devices be placed anywhere on an inductive pad. The pad can charge several different devices with different charging requirements at a time. The A4WP believes its spec is better than Qi, and it uses technology that's already built into many smartphones, such as Bluetooth 4.0, to minimize the hardware requirements. It says the amount of additional silicon that would need to be added to devices in only several square millimeters. The A4WP says several critical component makers are prepared to join its initiative in the coming weeks, and it believes it can convince handset makers and network operators to choose its specification over Qi in the months ahead. For a while, Verizon Wireless mandated that its smartphones have the power couplings necessary to support Qi, but its program never really got off the ground.
Galaxy S8 to Cost $750, S8+ to Cost $850: Carriers Share Launch Details
Samsung's new Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones will cost $750 and $850, respectively. The phones share almost all features other than size and both ship with 64 GB of internal storage.
Comcast Details Mobile Phone Service as Xfinity Mobile
Comcast today revealed details of its forthcoming Xfinity Mobile phone service. The company will use Verizon's 4G LTE network for the service, using an existing MVNO agreement.
PMA and A4WP Rebrand As the AirFuel Alliance
The Power Matters Alliance and Alliance for Wireless Power today announced plans to fully merge organizations under the AirFuel Alliance brand. The standard-bearers for wireless charging agreed to work together earlier this year, and today's rebranding is the final step in the process of creating a single consortium committed to improving the standards for and experience of wireless charging.
LG Debuts Wireless Charging Pad
LG Innotek today announced the Quick Wireless Charging Pad, a way for smartphone owners to rapidly charge their mobile devices. The Quick Wireless Charging Pad relies on the Wireless Power Consortium, or Qi, wireless charging spec and supplies 15 W of power.
Broadcom Chip Supports Multiple Wireless Charging Standards
Broadcom today announced a new system-on-a-chip that supports all of the wireless charging standards, including the Alliance for Wireless Power, the Power Matters Alliance, and the Wireless Power Consortium. The multi-standard smartphone power management unit (PMU) works automatically with all the standards, allowing device makers to support them all in a single piece of hardware.