And the Samsung Galaxy S6 excitement continues to hit new levels. Roughly a month before the device is expected to be unveiled at the Mobile World Congress, Samsung is hinting that its next flagship smartphone might feature fast wireless charging abilities.
Through its official global blog, the South Korean tech giant has highlighted the significant steps that wireless charging technology has taken in the last few years. Of special mention is the recent merging of the Alliance For Wireless Power (A4WP) and the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) , two of the three most important wireless charging standards bodies existing today.
What about the third one, the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC)? Interestingly, Samsung is a card-carrying member in that body, too. For those not in the know, the South Korean company has actually been actively investing in wireless charging technology for almost two decades now.
As stated in its blog post, Samsung considers 2015 as the year in which wireless charging technology will really go mainstream, or at least, be popular enough to herald a new era in smartphone charging.
2015 is perfect timing too, most especially because this year will mark the wide release of Samsung's newest flagship device, the Galaxy S6. And it is quite possible that the Galaxy S6 will be one of the first smartphones ever to support all major standards of wireless charging technology. More importantly, Samsung's latest offering could usher in a new charging approach that emphasizes significantly improved charging speed compared to earlier charging technologies.
Wireless charging technology is already being supported by Samsung devices such as the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Note 4. However, they only work with the help of other optional accessory backs that are specifically designed for wireless charging.
But the release of the Galaxy S6 could change all that. Samsung's latest flagship device could support wireless charging on a wider range of standards, whether it be WPC, PMA, or A4WP. The problem with wireless charging as it is now is that the standards are a bit fragmented. For example, your mobile device might be capable of supporting wireless charging, but the charging pad in the nearest Starbucks store may not work with the smartphone you own.
As the Galaxy S6's official debut approaches, we will definitely continue to hear lots of rumors and leaks pertaining to the device. Credit Samsung for having the wits (and guts) to add fuel to the rumor mill. Of course, this is nothing new -- other phone makers too have hyped features of their devices days or weeks before the intended unveiling.
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