Wireless charging rivals merge to become AirFuel Alliance

Wireless charging rivals merge to become AirFuel Alliance
Two of the three major wireless charging organizations are merging. The Alliance for Wireless Power and the Power Matters Alliance are now AirFuel Alliance. Both sides agreed to get together earlier this year, leaving the Wireless Power Consortium, owner of the Qi wireless standard, remaining by itself.

Because there is no clear cut winner in the battle for wireless charging leadership, most manufacturers have had to make nice to all of the individual groups. With the merger, AirFuel has 195 members. Some of those names, like Samsung, Microsoft and Qualcomm, are also members of WPC.

Part of the reason to combine the two organizations is to make wireless charging easier for the public to understand. The fewer the number of organizations, the easier it is for consumers to figure out exactly which wireless charging pad is supported by their smartphone. After the combination, both AirFuel and WPC systems will remain non-compatible.


The best solution for the public would be a single standard, but for now that is not in the cards. Meanwhile, brands that are associated with The Alliance for Wireless Power and the Power Matters Alliance will be retired after a short period of time. Eventually, certified products will be stamped with the AirFuel name and logo.

source: AirFuel via ZDNet

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20 Comments

1. combatmedic870

Posts: 982; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

What?

2. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

sheeps still doesnt know what "wireless charging" mean, lol

3. Piyath_ale

Posts: 79; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

But iPhone is the world no 1.. Hih.. And iPhone users are the happiest and wealthiest people on earth. lol.. No offense. But plz don't get butthurt so much. Truth is bitter for you, though it always matters. Wireless charging is not a must have option. People don't care much about that. Sales of the smartphones prove my opinion.

4. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Leave the troll alone lol.

5. Macready

Posts: 1798; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Wealth doesn't appear to play a significant role (unlike age, if you're 65 or older and male, you're more likely going to spend on Apple products and likely unaware of wireless charging options elsewhere). "It also seems that high-income customers are not spending more on Apple products compared with those that have more modest earnings. " Read more athttp://www.phonearena.com/news/Are-you-a-65-year-old-male-Youre-more-likely-to-spend-money-on-an-Apple-product-than-anyone-else_id75289#MFkPsxlwiw54oud3.99

7. AlikMalix unregistered

Hey I got one of those surveys too... except it says that if you're using an apple product you're more likely to be smarter than an android user....http://money.cnn.com/2015/01/22/technology/mobile/iphone-smart-study/ and richer...http://www.businessinsider.com/android-is-for-poor-people-maps-2014-4 and younger, wealthier, and smarter again...http://www.redmondpie.com/iphone-users-are-younger-wealthier-and-generally-smarter-than-samsung-smartphone-users-study-finds/ I can do this all day!!!

8. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

First link: "Even Chitika admits that its results "are not comprehensive." Because the company focused on states and not smaller regions, such as cities or neighborhoods, the results lack "a great deal of granularity." Second link: The second article was debunked by several different publications for being just a population density and market share map. The areas of heavy iPhone users (the rich areas) had just as many if not more Android users while the poor areas had little or no iPhone users. From that he drew the conclusion that rich people only use iPhones, it was almost laughable and still is. By that logic, BB users only exist in the major high income areas and therefore, BB users are all millionaires. Third link: "there’s no apparent correlation between owning an iPhone and being smart" So all you have proven here is either your lack of reading comprehension/critical thinking, or ignorance. I don't know if that is a defining trait of iPhone fans but it certainly seems to be on PA comments.

10. AlikMalix unregistered

FF, I was trying to point out that these surveys are a dime of a dozen. I never thought too deep into them, and I never considered what they say toward iOS, Android user or whatelse... It would be stupid to generalize people based on these "surveys". All I was saying is that "65yrd old thing" Macready posted is just as dumb as the ones I posted...

11. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Oh that last statement is a given, but don't spread the Fud. His stupid comment was to a stupid comment above him. Don't have to join the train of idiotic comments, just disprove it and move along.

13. DnB925Art

Posts: 1167; Member since: May 23, 2013

From being a long time reader here on PA, there are both many members who are really smart (and possibly have decent incomes) and use iOS, Android and Windows phone. There are probably just as many idiots as well who are using the same platform as well. It's funny though :)

12. Macready

Posts: 1798; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Someone is butthurt, judging by the activity in this thread. Thanks for the old and debunked "news" though, I've always liked old propaganda.

20. kajam

Posts: 220; Member since: Jun 24, 2015

You and a few others had prove that wrong soooooooo many times!

6. AlikMalix unregistered

"Sheeps" as word does not exist in plural nor in singular form. "Sheep" would be a correct word for both plural and singular. I bet you also say "shrimps", huh? If you're going to insult someone, please use proper grammar, if you really tried to include plural form of sheep then "doesnt" isn't a proper word either "do not" would be appropriate. You are correct though, sheep cannot know about wireless charging, because they're sheep, but I don't know why that matters, since not only sheep, but goats, and pigs, and bugs, and birds, and any non human species does not know what "wireless charging" is. But apparently YOU, Mr. ibend, also don't know what "wireless charging is" because wireless charging should not require contact with a certain pad, or device in order for it to be "WIRELESS" - on contrary you should be walking around the room and get your phone charged un-tethered just like WIFI and radio waves are WIRELESS. You follow these manufacturers that call it "wireless charging" like a SHEEP and support their false marketing term for "pad charging". So by your logic if you keep calling "wireless charging" when it's "inductive charging" you do NOT know what "wireless charging" is thus [by your logic] you are part of the sheep (or in your words "sheeps")... You're welcome....

9. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

Damn... That's hurt. He doesn't know what is wireless charging, too.

14. Macready

Posts: 1798; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

If you're going to be critical of someone's writing, check your own first. I stopped counting after 6 errors. And inductive charging IS a form of wireless charging (and has been for decades) by all known definitions and standards. Try again.

15. DnB925Art

Posts: 1167; Member since: May 23, 2013

Unfortunately, and in a technical sense what you said is true. Unfortunately, that's not how it's marketed to the general (ie non-techie types) public. Just about all manufacturers call their chargers "wireless" and not "inductive" by name. Look at a place like Amazon and most chargers have "wireless" in their name, not "inductive." If you ask the average person what inductive means, chances are they probably won't know what it means. Now calling it wireless, the average would understand it as charging without wires plugged into your phone.

17. Macready

Posts: 1798; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Inductive is a form of wireless charging by technical definition and standards and has been for decades. Charging through radio waves still requires the transmitters (which act as charging stations in this case) to be wired too, but that doesn't change the fact that in both scenarios there is no wired connection required between charger and charged device. Not to be confused with contact versus no physical contact (altough inductive allows for the latter too, currently up to about 5mm for phones supporting existing standards).

18. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

If you are complaining about "wireless charging" actually being "inductive charging", I assume you also complain about Retina Display, TouchID, 3D Touch, etc, because they are all marketing terms brands give to the technology in their phones.

19. AlikMalix unregistered

My response was to post #2. He was trying to insult iOS users with lack of intelligence calling them sheep for not knowing what wireless charging is. When on contrary the troll follows marketing terms and I was just showing him the finger in a more critical way. I know exactly how inductive charging is sold to people via marketing terms that feels like you have more freedoms when it comes to tethered charging. I'm not some "ney-sayer" just wanted to insult the guy back. I hate marketing terms including 3D Touch, wireless charging, Google now, and many more from all platforms - there are some clever marketing terms as well - but all that wasn't my point - just trying to throw some s**t back at poster #2 for trying to insult my intelligence just because I use a phone he doesn't like.

16. Macready

Posts: 1798; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Even in a technical sense it is considered a wireless connection between charger and charged device (phone). If it wasn't considered wireless because of the wire connected to the charger, by definition charging could never be wireless, because even when using radio waves to charge, the transmitters would still have to be wired.

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