Samsung Galaxy S6 to support all wireless charging standards?
Samsung has hinted its forthcoming Galaxy S6 handset will be the first to support all three of the major wireless charging standards.
In a blog post published on Tuesday the company promised it’ll launch mobile hardware with new components that support the Qi, PMA and A4WP standards, of which Samsung has a stake in all three.
The firm says the new chips were released last year and explained it takes 6 to 12 months for them to be integrated into new devices. That timeline puts the Galaxy S6, set for launch next month at MWC, in pole position to pioneer the innovation.
Many of Samsung’s recent devices – such as the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Note 4 – support wireless charging, but the S6 would be the first to tick all of the boxes.
“It is expected that 2015 will be a landmark year for the growth of wireless charging deployment, as wireless charging stations will begin to appear in more and more public places,” the blog post reads (via Android Central)
“Samsung will accelerate to democratie this wireless charging technology with compelling smartphones.
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The company also heralded the rapidly approaching end of the wireless charging standards war. PMA and A4WP have joined forces, while those behind Qi have agreed to work with the others.
With smaller chips that can incorporate all three solutions and work universally with whatever charging surface happens to be in attendance allows everyone to eat from the same table, so to speak.
“In January of this year, the PMA and A4WP announced that they would join forces to offer even better wireless charging features for a variety of devices. This means that very soon, integrated restaurants, airports, public spaces, vehicles and living spaces of all descriptions will finally free consumers from the burden of having to remember to carry their power cords. They will soon be able to move about freely without the worry of running out of battery power, or taking up unnecessary real estate in their bags.”
Wireless charging has kicked on again in a last few months with McDonalds locations in London rocking Qi pads and Starbucks expanding its own ambitions around the world.