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Samsung exec teases wireless charging for Galaxy S6

by Todd Haselton | February 17, 2015February 17, 2015 7:30 am EST


Last week, a Samsung executive published a long blog post on the company’s site discussing the importance of cameras in modern smartphones, and how far Samsung has come since it first started selling its original Galaxy S smartphone years ago. At the end of the post, the exec promised that the latest and greatest tech will be used in the Galaxy S6. On Tuesday, another executive posted a similar account on the site, though this time the focus is on wireless charging.

The post starts with an introduction to Nikola Tesla and inductive charging, and then touches on the benefits of why consumers like wireless charging — which comes down to ease of use and, one day, hopefully more expansive support for the system. “The goal has been to provide [consumers] with the ability to utilize one wireless charging dock that is compatible with all the devices they already own as well as all the devices they buy in the near future,” argues Dr. Seho Park, Principal Engineer IT & Mobile Division at Samsung Electronics.

Dr. Park, like the executive who posted last week, closed the article with a teaser for what we might expect from Samsung in 2015. He said it’s going to be a “landmark year for the growth of wireless charging deployment,” and that consumers should expect to see charging stations in more public places. “Samsung will accelerate to democratize this wireless charging technology with compelling smartphones,” Park explained. “With our upcoming Galaxy smartphones, users will be able to enter a new wireless world like never before.”

There are still some instances, especially in the U.S. where various carriers and companies support different wireless charging standards — Qi from the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) and A4WP, though the two have announced intentions to merge. The separation sometimes means the lack of support once a device finally hits U.S. shelves, but hopefully that’s not the case this year. We’ll know more when Samsung takes the stage at Mobile World Congress on March 1.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...