Powermat Debuts Gen 2 Conductive Chargers for Smartphones
Accessory maker Powermat today announced its Gen 2 line of wireless conductive chargers for a wide range of smartphones. Powermat says the new chargers are thinner than previous versions, and support iPhone 4, HTC EVO, HTC HD2, Motorola Droid X, Blackberry, Bold 9700 series, Blackberry Curve 8500/9300 series, and the Nokia N97. All but the iPhone will use specially designed battery covers to replace the original. For the iPhone, Powermat has developed a thin conductive receiver that doubles as a full case for the device. In conjunction with the new devices, Powermat also announced the Powermat Portable 2x Rechargeable Mat, which has its own 7200mAh lithium polymer battery. This means the mat can charge up to two devices even when it is not plugged in.
Powermat Shows Universal Fast Charging Ring
Powermat this week showed off an early version of its forthcoming universal fast wireless charging ring for public Powermat charging stations, at locations such as Starbucks. Current charging rings come in two separate versions: Lightning for iPhones, and micro-USB for all other phones.
Powermat Charging Stations May Soon Require App
Powermat today announced a new "mobile engagement platform" that will allow public charging station providers such as Starbucks to push marketing directly to phones via an app. Companies that choose to deploy the new platform will be able to require users to download and install the app before their phones will charge.
Powermat to Upgrade Starbucks Charging Mats to Support iPhone X
Powermat, which has deployed PMA-compliant wireless chargers at thousands of Starbucks locations around the U.S., plans to update its charging pads to support the iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone 8 from Apple. At the moment, there are two competing wireless charging standards, PMA and Qi.
Starbucks Officially Debuts Wireless Charging in Shops
Starbucks has begun to deploy wireless charging stations at select coffee shops in the San Francisco Bay Area. The company said 200 stores now offer wireless charging spots on tables and coffee bars.
The first company to not only perfect inductive-based wireless charging but to then bring it to consumers in a widely available, meaningful way via mainstream retail channels, Powermat pioneered the wireless charging category and currently leads the market in device compatibility, retail availability, technological advancement, consumer experience and brand.
I don't see anything related to the release of the Generation 2 product that indicates a change in charging technology.