Samsung promises ‘new wireless world’ with future Galaxy smartphones


Many of Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones support wireless charging, but only if you are prepared to buy an optional wireless charging back panel. But the South Korean company has vowed to accelerate the technology’s growth in 2015 with greater support in its new Galaxy smartphones.

In a new blog post, Samsung hints at the possibility of support for multiple wireless charging technologies inside the upcoming Galaxy S6.

On its Samsung Tomorrow blog, Samsung has published a lengthy piece on the future of wireless charging as an industry standard, in which it describes how the technology has improved in recent years, and of course how it has been implemented into existing Galaxy smartphones.

Samsung also notes that there are currently three organizations each with different wireless charging standards — the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), and its Qi standard, the Power Matters Alliance (PMA), and the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP).

The Qi standard is currently the most popular for mobile devices, but Samsung is a member of all three groups. As such, it wants to support not just one but all of the wireless charging standards that are currently being used.

“Last year, components that support multiple standards on a single chip were released,” Samsung explains. “Given that it usually takes around 6 to 12 months to integrate new components and put them on the market, it is expected that several of these products will be available to consumers this year.”

Samsung doesn’t confirm that this chip will be included in the Galaxy S6 or the S6 Edge, but it does promise to “accelerate to democratize this wireless charging technology with compelling smartphones.”

“With our upcoming Galaxy smartphones, users will be able to enter a new wireless world like never before,” the post reads.

Wireless charging pads will likely be popping up all over the place throughout the course of this year; they’re already being used in Starbucks, McDonald’s, and other popular places. Smartphones that can use them will have an advantage over those that don’t, then.

With that being the case, Samsung will surely have worked to ensure its biggest device of 2015 has this technology built-in — particularly if it gives the Galaxy S6 an advantage over the iPhone.

I can see the TV ads already.