Google's Pixel 3 phones don't seem to play nice with third-party fast wireless chargers

Google's Pixel 3 phones don't seem to play nice with third-party fast wireless chargers
Technically, Google’s Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones are compatible with both 18 W fast wired chargers and 10 W wireless accessories like the search giant’s own Pixel Stand.

But as if there wasn’t enough controversy surrounding the two new stock Android phones, one early Pixel 3 XL adopter seems to have made yet another distressing discovery after pairing his expensive “notchy” handset with a not-so-pricey Anker PowerWave Fast Wireless Charger Stand.

Although the stand advertises 7.5 W capabilities for Apple’s 2017 and 2018 iPhones, as well as 10 W wireless charging support for Samsung flagships including the Galaxy S9, Note 8, and even S8, its speeds appear limited to a modest 5 W on the Pixel 3 XL for some reason.

A relatively reliable software test confirmed Redditor jerseymonkey’s fears, showing a massive difference in charging efficiency between the Anker PowerWave and Google’s Pixel Stand.

That’s probably not Anker’s fault, though, and it may not be a singular occurrence, as the computer and mobile peripheral manufacturer did a little digging of itself, learning both the Pixel 3 and 3 XL set a “limitation for third-party charging accessories.” Yup, any and all third-party charging accessories. Basically, everything besides the Pixel Stand.

It sounds like Google really wants you to buy that terribly overpriced Assistant-supporting wireless charger, stopping at nothing to put third-party products at a major disadvantage. 

As always, the company is trying to label what’s obviously a very user-unfriendly move as something of a feature, claiming Pixel 3 phones can wirelessly charge at full 10-watt speeds on the Pixel Stand because a “secure handshake” is established. That’s a weak excuse, and Google knows it.

source: Reddit via Android Police

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Pixel 3
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2915 mAh
Pixel 3 XL
  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3430 mAh

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14 Comments

1. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Uh oh, Google is starting to sound more and more like Apple.

2. iAndroid18

Posts: 38; Member since: Oct 23, 2018

Pixel 2 onwards, they are just following Apple. This is just too far!

3. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Google is a greedy, fishy, shameless company. They sell our private data to earn money. Now they charge us more to get the same tech. This is absurd and insane.

6. maherk

Posts: 6684; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Oh boy, considering you're a massive Apple fanboy, I can see the irony exploding in your comment.

4. dimas

Posts: 3259; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

The owner of the OS for masses is doing propriety-focused business with their handset. Google envy apple that's why they do these things. Stop copying apple's business scheme, it won't work.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I don’t think I can remember a phone having more issues at launch.

7. maherk

Posts: 6684; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I can, the Pixel 2 XL lol

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

LMAOOOOO damn!

8. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1207; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Too bad Google.. I didn't expect this from you...

9. RaidR

Posts: 33; Member since: Oct 12, 2018

Is it really a surprise, there are features that sync between the P3 and the Stand. I use the stand and it's refreshing to have a wireless charger that actually works, and provides added features. Perhaps down the line they license the feature set to other manufacturers much like Apple.

10. TechGirl90 unregistered

Good Grief! first, the hissing noise, some performance issues with RAM management, cosmetic issues (specifically on the back of the device), and now this??? This no bueno! :(

11. hawss

Posts: 9; Member since: Jun 13, 2014

This is could be the deal breaker for me. I'm due for an upgrade in December, I'll wait to see if Google fixes any of this between now and then. I may be waiting for the S10.

13. drazwy

Posts: 347; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

well of course not!

14. drazwy

Posts: 347; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

They had charging problems with the pixel 1 and 2 as well. Seems like they didn't learn their lesson. Stop buying their crap or they won't change. rating their devices up to 18w but internally capping that at 10w.

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