PMA and A4WP Agree to Merge Wireless Charging Specs
The Power Matters Alliance and Alliance for Wireless Power today announced they will work together to make their wireless charging standards compatible. According to the agreement, PMA will adopt the A4WP's Rezence specification for magnetic resonance in both the transmitter and receiver of chargers and devices. The A4WP will adopt the PMA's inductive specification as an option for multi-mode uses. Both groups will work together on an API for network services management. This is a significant win for consumers, who will eventually benefit from a wider range of devices that work together. Before today, there were three separate wireless charging organizations vying for market leadership. With the PMA and A4WP combining efforts, the Wireless Power Consortium and its Qi standard stand alone. All three use magnetic induction to pass an electrical charge from a pad to a properly-equipped device. Variations in the standards prevent a PMA-compliant device, for example, from charging on a Qi-based pad and vice versa.
Andy Rubin's Essential PH-1 Boasts Titanium Frame, Magnetic Mods
May 30, 2017
Essential Products, the startup being run by Andy Rubin, who helped create the Android operating system, announced its first smartphone today, the PH-1. The PH-1 is a high-end handset crafted from a titanium shell that Rubin claims is more robust than aluminum and more resistant to damage when dropped.
Powermat to Upgrade Starbucks Charging Mats to Support iPhone X
Sep 14, 2017
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.
Motorola Solutions Supercharges Talkabout Walkies with Phone-Based App
Oct 23, 2018
Motorola Solutions today announced the Talkabout T800 walkie talkies and accompanying mobile application. The concept is to let outdoor adventurers keep in touch — and, more importantly, share precise location data — when cellular networks are not available.
LG Announces the V30 Flagship with FullVision Display and Floating Info Bar
Aug 31, 2017
LG today fully revealed the V30, a phone it has been teasing in bits and pieces over the last few weeks. This flagship-class handset has a metal frame and glass front and rear panels.