The forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 flagship Android smartphone may include a chip from Broadcom which supports multiple wireless charging standards. A senior Samsung engineer has admitted that the company is looking to improve wireless charging support in its future products, stating that this will include some future Samsung Galaxy handsets.
Seho Park, a principal engineer at Samsung’s mobile division, explained in a recent blog post that the company expects wireless charging to grow significantly during 2015, with many more public hotspots likely to become available.
“It is expected that 2015 will be a landmark year for the growth of wireless charging deployment, as wireless charging stations will begin to appear in more and more public places,” he said.
“With our upcoming Galaxy smartphones, users will be able to enter a new wireless world like never before.”
Given that the Samsung Galaxy S6 – possibly alongside the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge – will be the South Korean manufacturer’s headlining smartphone in 2015, it is likely to include the wireless charging functionality that the company has been developing.
Whilst Park didn’t mention the Broadcom BCM59350 chip – which supports the A4WP, PMA and WPC standards – specifically, he did hint heavily that such technology would be key in the growth of wireless charging.
“Last year, components that support multiple standards on a single chip were released,” Park explained. “Given that it usually takes around 6 to 12 months to integrate new components and put them on the market, it is expected that several of these products will be available to consumers this year.”
There are two significant problems with wireless charging technology today. Firstly, multiple standards mean that users may end up needing to buy a number of different – reasonably expensive – chargers for their devices.
The other issues centres around one of the mains benefits of wireless charging – the potential to have easy access to a charger away from the home and office.
Battery life is a major limitation of portable devices, but this restriction could partially be overcome with the rolling out of an extensive wireless charging network. But with a number of different standards being developed, deploying wireless charges suitable for widespread use is not straightforward.
With improved support for different wireless charging standards in devices like the Samsung Galaxy S6, it is more likely that governments and businesses will be willing to invest in the necessary infrastructure.
If the Samsung Galaxy S6 does support multiple wireless charging standards, it is almost certain that other Android smartphone manufacturers will follow the same path.