Verizon Pushing Wireless Charging with 4G Phones
Verizon Wireless has requested - if not required - that phone makers offer Qi wireless charging for most or all of its new LTE 4G phones, Phone Scoop has confirmed. HTC and LG will make Qi-enabled back covers available as accessories for the Thunderbolt and Revolution, respectively. LG today also announced a charging pad, which, since it uses Qi, will work with non-LG phones. Fulton Innovation - which manufactures Qi circuitry - confirmed that "two other manufacturers" (presumably Samsung and Motorola) will announce similar solutions soon for their LTE phones. According to Fulton, some 4G LTE phones coming this year will have Qi built right into the phone, made possible by placing the necessary circuit on the main circuit board, saving space. Qi - pronounced "chee" - is an industry standard for inductive wireless charging. Energizer is also showing off Qi chargers at CTIA
Verizon Fires Back at T-Mo with BOGO Of Its Own
Verizon Wireless said customers can save big on select smartphones with a new buy-one, get-one offer that kicks off January 23. New and existing customers who add a new line of Verizon Unlimited service will be able to buy the Google Pixel 2, Samsung Galaxy S8, Motorola Moto Z2 Force, or LG V30 and get a second one for free.
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.
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.
Apple Adopts Qi Wireless Charging, Teases AirPower Charge Mat
Apple today announced new iPhones that are for the first time capable of charging wirelessly. The company has adopted the Qi wireless charging standard for the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X.
MediaTek Circuit Supports A4WP, PMA, and WPC Charging
MediaTek today announced the MT3188, a multi-mode wireless charging circuit for mobile devices. With the MT3188, handset makers and other OEMs can design devices that support resonant wireless charging and inductive wireless charging thanks to this single, inexpensive circuit.
TouchStone vs Qi
A wider adoption of wireless charging means we all win.
I'm not familiar with the Qi circuitry. Did...
however, someone will prolly say that every time you charge wirelessly it destroys eleventyfive miles of rain forest or somthing.
1. Let's not forget that for all of our lives that most phones have utilized proprietary chargers requiring a new purc...