MagSafe tech is officially coming to Android phones


Qi2 standard wireless charging standard formalized at CES 2023


The best Android phones and wireless earbuds come with Qi wireless charging. Developed by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), this standard ensures that devices can be charged using wireless chargers without compatibility issues. The Qi standard, which was finalized in 2010, is now outdated, so many smartphone makers are coming up with their own solutions. However, they all suffer from the same problem. Your device must be placed correctly on the charging pad to start charging. Apple solved this problem with MagSafe technology, which WPC now uses as the basis for Qi2.

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Announced at CES 2023, the Qi2 wireless charging standard is based on Apple’s MagSafe and new Magnetic Power Profile. Like MagSafe, Qi2 (pronounced “chee-tee”) uses built-in magnets to automatically align your device with the charging pad for improved power efficiency and faster charging speeds. increase. It also helps extend the battery life of your device as less heat is generated during the process.

Qi2 also allows businesses to add wireless charging to devices that cannot be charged using current flat-to-flat devices. The final specification of the standard is expected to be revealed later this year.

Apple debuted MagSafe on the iPhone 12 series in 2020. Since then, many MagSafe-like adapters have appeared for his Android devices, but none offer the same experience as Apple’s solution. WPC’s adoption of MagSafe technology significantly strengthens the accessory ecosystem, which has seen limited adoption among accessory manufacturers.

Paul Golden, director of marketing for the Wireless Power Consortium, confirmed that Qi2 will initially support charging speeds up to 15W. This is the same as Qi. Once the standard is finalized later this year, the consortium will begin work on a higher wattage/faster charging version of the specification.

The consortium expects the first Qi2-enabled phones and chargers to hit the market by the 2023 holiday season.

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