Google's Pixel 3 phones don't seem to play nice with third-party fast wireless chargers
by Adrian Diaconescu / Oct 23, 2018, 4:03 AM
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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Uh oh, Google is starting to sound more and more like Apple.
posted on Oct 23, 2018, 4:24 AM 15
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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.
posted on Oct 23, 2018, 5:54 AM 0
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I don’t think I can remember a phone having more issues at launch.
posted on Oct 23, 2018, 6:13 AM 0
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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.
posted on Oct 23, 2018, 6:39 AM 1
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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.
posted on Oct 23, 2018, 9:09 AM 0
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