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There's Yet Another Wireless Charging Standard (That Might Have a Shot)

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Like the Beta vs. VHS and HD-DVD vs. Blu-ray battles of years gone by, wireless charging technology has had a difficult time establishing itself thanks to dueling standards. But a new challenger, the Alliance 4 Wireless Power and its consumer-friendly Rezence brand, might finally have what's needed to take wireless charging mainstream.

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And how does it plan to do that? Feature-wise, the Rezence technology does appear to improve on its predecessors with a better charging range—meaning it will work on almost any surface and through tables and clothing. It can also handle multiple devices at the same time with different power requirements, and isn't hindered by metal objects so it's safe to use in kitchens and cars.

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But the real reason Rezence is likely to have more success than Qi and other standards already in consumer's hands, is the alliance's impressive list of members and supporters. These include Samsung, Intel, LG, Delphi, HTC, Qualcomm, SanDisk, and Texas Instruments.

After all, this particular technological war isn't going to be won by the best technology. It's going to be won by the organization that can quickly make their standard the most ubiquitous. And with the makers of some of the post popular smartphones on earth onboard, Rezence has almost instantly made a convincing claim to the throne. On the other hand:

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Mark Carlson

So here's the deal. If this catches on, and Apple decides to put a proprietary wireless charging system into the iPhone 6 or 6s... I'm done with Apple. I love their products. I love the ease of use. I'm a Windows user for gaming and work, but for personal preference, I would take Apple tablets and smartphones all day. But, if they decide to not incorporate a (hopefully) relatively standardized charging system that will work if my wife decides to go with Samsung, or my kid wants an LG smartphone, and I need 2 wireless charging stations... that's where I'm drawing the line. Just thought I'd throw it out there. And I'm sure I'll get flamed by all the Android fanatics about how there's no way they'll ever use a standard, Apples game plan is always to make their own standard, to monetize their users... I know. But I feel like this is a specific circumstance that should be different. And I feel like Apple will realize that too. If they EVER build wireless charging into any of their products.