Galaxy S6 to Support Multiple Wireless Charging Standards, Hints Samsung

By Prateek

In the year of 2000, Samsung had set up a special team to focus on developing wireless charging. This year, the company says, will be famous for the technology.

In 2011, Samsung had introduced its first commercial wireless charging pad, and last year Samsung showed its commitment towards wireless charging by releasing most of its flagship smartphones like the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4 with wireless charging capability.

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Galaxy S6 to Support Multiple Wireless Charging Standards

So why is Samsung claiming 2015 to be so important for wireless charging? One of the biggest problems faced by users during wireless charging is the fact that there isn't a single name other than Nokia in the industry standard. However that may no longer prove to be true.

There are three organisations that are working on standardising wireless charging technology; the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) and the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP).

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While the WPC pushes its Qi standard, the PMA and A4WP are teaming up to create their own standard. This has resulted in devices that can be wirelessly charged not working with all wireless chargers, which has put some people off and turned what should be a convenient feature into a sometimes complicated and confusing affair.

Samsung has become a member of all the three organisations and has announced a component that supports multiple standards based on a single chip, has been created.

It was built last year, and according to Samsung it usually takes around six to 12 months to integrate new components into devices on the market, which indirectly means this year we should see smartphones that can be wirelessly charged on any wireless charger, regardless of the standard it uses.

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The number of wireless charging hot spots is rapidly growing with food chains such as McDonald's, as well as hotels and airports, all offering wireless mats. It looks like 2015 really could be the year where we can ditch our charging cables for good.

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