Wireless Charging Expected to go Mainstream Soon

Analysts believe that wireless charging for smartphones is due to go mainstream soon.

The ability to charge a smartphone through an external source instead of plugging it into a power socket has been around for a while, with consumers passing it off as a gimmick thus far.

Jason dePreaux, an analyst for research firm IHS, believes that's set to change. "For sure, we are getting closer to mainstream, and only really recently."

"People should be able to get through the day without battery anxiety," Powermat CEO analyst Polaikine added. "If I'm able to create 1 million wireless charging spots within 18 months, that is mainstream."

Around five million devices were sold this year that featured wireless charging support. However, according to an IHS study, the number could grow to 100 million by 2015. The market for different accessories and wireless power chips is expected to be worth $4 billion by that year, the firm added.

"It's a new market," said Kamil Grajski, president of the A4WP. "The generational changes are going to be pretty fast. The differences are dramatic." Meanwhile, Menno Treffers, chairman of the Wireless Power Consortium said: "Once it's integrated without any penalty for usability and shape, then it will take off."

In addition to the recently released Nokia Lumia 920 and Google's Nexus 4, Verizon Wireless and HTC's Droid DNA will be the latest handset to have wireless charging integrated.

 

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  • Pennanen
    Apple will patent and call it iCharge. Then sue every company using electricity.
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  • Pennanen
    Apple will patent and call it iCharge. Then sue every company using electricity.
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  • rhangman
    Less efficient than a plug. Even if they can manage 99% efficiency, they sold something like 170 million smart phones last quarter. That's still a heap of wasted power.
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  • izmanq
    i hope the this wireless charger don't fried our brain or something :|
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