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.

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Pixel 3
  • Display 5.5 inches
    2160 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP (Single camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
    4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2915 mAh
  • OS Android 11
Pixel 3 XL
  • Display 6.3 inches
    2960 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP (Single camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
    4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3430 mAh
  • OS Android 11

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