Jan 11 AT 12:12 AM Taylor Wimberly 12 Comments

LG delivers the first Qi-enabled Android phone in the U.S.

The technology for wireless charging has been around for decades, but we haven’t seen it in many phones yet because the industry could not agree on a universal standard. Just like many companies decided to adopt micro USB for wired charging, they have now agreed to go with Qi (pronounced “chee”) as the international standard for interoperable wireless charging.

Qi is the product of the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) which comprises of around 70 companies including all our favorite handset makers. Their vision is simple – turn every flat surface into a wireless charging station.

Their member list includes HTC, LG, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson (plus we heard Motorola is joining soon). You might not be familiar with it yet, but look for the Qi logo to be displayed on about every high-end Android phone by the end of 2011.

I had a feeling that LG might announce the first Qi-enabled phone in the U.S. at CES and I’m happy to report that they delivered the goods. Verizon and LG somehow failed to mention it in their press release, but I attended a meeting of the WPC where they demonstrated an early version of the LG Revolution that supported Qi wireless charging.

One would think that Verizon would want to promote that one of their phones uses Qi, but they also left off the processor and many other specs from their press release and we are still trying to obtain a detailed spec sheet. Look for an update when we hear back from Verizon or LG.

For an idea of what to expect, check out the quick video I filmed when I was at the WPC meeting. You can see that a Qi-enabled smartphone can work on any wireless charger sporting the Qi logo. Energizer already produces a charging pad and more options are coming. Several airports are already installing Qi-enabled tables and I bet we see some wireless charging stations in hotels and restaurants by year’s end.

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  • Killa

    That is really cool! I like the Qi-enabled table. I saw you were having fun with the white one. I would’ve been doing the same thing. Do you think LG will make them for the Optimus 2X? I sure hope so.

  • http://www.test-mobile.fr Axel

    Love that kind of info. Qi sounds very promising, do you think we’ll see more of that for the MWC ?

  • http://Website Priscilla

    Thank you Verizon for getting the iPhone, its 100x better than Android!!!

    • http://Website donna

      Sure, if you don’t like getting half the web content out there because apple cannot display flash web content…..

  • http://Website Brian

    If i recall correctly the Palm pre and the touchstone were the first commercial wireless charging products to hit the market so all companies are doing as of recent is copy Palm because palm isnt in the market, ex: blackberry playbook multi-tasking running snapshots of apps in the background that still run, and now this well hey just like apple when u have great products or ideas they will be copied.

    • http://Website Greg

      What is your point? Are you new (to reality)?

    • http://Website Kenny

      Ok, so by that logic, every phone with a microUSB connection was simply copying the first phone that did it. Hello, that’s how technology moves forward. Someone does it the first time and if it works, more companies follow in the same steps.

      just because one company has a great idea does not mean the company that follows in their footsteps is simply tagging along for the ride. What we’re looking at here is a universal standard that will work across all devices. Imagine if your desk at work had Qi technology built into it. Your laptop, phone and any other Qi enabled device would simply charge rather than having to use multiple cables.

      FYI, my electric shaver and my wife’s Phillips toothbrush have had wireless charging for like 4 years. Someone should tell Palm that they are just copying someone else’s ideas.

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    Charging is fun and innovative again!

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    It’s magic! Hooooooo

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    That is some tech now….

    Thanks for the information. :D

  • http://Website Andre

    This is not really rocket science, I learned this in my basic AC Circuits class.
    Im surprised it has taken so long to push out to cell phones my OralB tooth brush charges up that way.

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