Dual Wireless Charging, Hot Features On Samsung Galaxy S6
Once of enterprise features found in the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge is dual wireless charging with Qi and PMA. Wireless charging technology was first pioneered by Google with Qi technology since the emergence of the Nexus One. Qi is the standard used in most Android devices that support wireless charging. As a result, the majority of Android users who have enjoyed Qi charging over the last few years will be very happy if the Qi charging into a global standard and everything else just go.
There is a different wireless charging platform called PMA, which is supported by a separate group of companies and includes features that significantly more useful for companies that will offer wireless charging at them from Qi charging facilities. As a result, we have two formats are compatible artificially try the same thing that is interesting for two completely different groups.
On appearance of Samsung Galaxy S6 is apparently famous smartphone manufacturers have started to combine the two platforms Qi wireless charging and PMA.
Samsung including support for both Qi and PMA in the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge is a big deal for several reasons. First, the support is baked into the device and not through some awkward accessory that you pay for after you have the phone (though it is worth pointing out that no wireless charging device is included in the box). Second, there are no accessories necessary for charging wherever you are. Starbucks, McDonalds, those little charging stations at the airport, and the accessory you purchased for your personal use at home will all just work. Once you place your phone on the charging platform, the hardware will detect which charging tech you are using, and the phone will just start charging. No settings, no adjustments, nothing.
There’s some concern about the way PMA includes the ability to track users in their platform, which is a selling point being used to get companies like Starbucks to deploy the technology. PMA creates a unique ID and associates it with your device, making it so Starbucks can track how many times you come into a location and how long you charge your device while you are there. This doesn’t include any personal information, but it does make it so Starbucks can tell how this tech is being used in their stores. During a recent interview, Powermat CEO Thorsten Heins noted that the tech could eventually be used to track your behavior and serve you coupons or ads based on that behavior, but currently that isn’t being done through any of PMA’s partners. Users would also have to opt-in to this, which would have to happen through an app made by the company offering you power, essentially adding your unique ID to an account you create with that company. There’d be no way to grab personal information or be served ads and coupons unless you give permission.
At the end of the day, this is a very good thing for fans of wireless charging and a big move for Samsung to be the first Android smartphone that supports both formats out of the box. We’re not going to have just one standard for wireless charging anytime soon, and it’s more than likely we’ll be seeing more devices this year with the ability to charge on both platforms out of the box. It’s a great way to get more people to give this tech a shot, and more wireless charging users out in the world is never a bad thing.