Dual wireless charging on the Samsung Galaxy S6, and why it matters

I love wireless charging, and have been using it in one form or other since the Nexus One when we had to use this hideous backplate replacement to get the job done. While the nerdy parts of me couldn't wait for wireless charging to catch on, the rest of my brain knew it wasn't going to happen anytime soon.

Even now, years later with dozens of devices supporting the technology, wireless charging is still very much a fringe thing that hasn't gained even close to the momentum it deserves. When a post in the forums popped up asking why Samsung's dual wireless charging implementation on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge was a big deal, and whether or not there was anything to be concerned about, it seemed like a more thorough explanation of what is happening on these new phones was necessary.

Samsung Wireless Chargers

For the most part, when Android users think wireless charging they think Qi. Google has been adding Qi charging in their Nexus devices for a while now, and Qi is the standard used in most Android devices that support wireless charging. As a result, most Android users who have enjoyed Qi charging over the last couple of years would be perfectly happy if Qi charging became the global standard and everything else just went away. That's not quite how things are going. There's a different wireless charging platform called PMA, which is supported by a separate group of companies and includes features that are significantly more useful to companies who would offer wireless charging in their facilities than Qi charging. In effect, we have two artificially incompatible formats attempting the same thing that are appealing to two totally different groups.

Samsung including support for both Qi and PMA in the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge is a big deal for several reasons. First, the support is baked into the device and not through some awkward accessory that you pay for after you have the phone (though it is worth pointing out that no wireless charging device is included in the box). Second, there are no accessories necessary for charging wherever you are. Starbucks, McDonalds, those little charging stations at the airport, and the accessory you purchased for your personal use at home will all just work. Once you place your phone on the charging platform, the hardware will detect which charging tech you are using, and the phone will just start charging. No settings, no adjustments, nothing.

There's some concern about the way PMA includes the ability to track users in their platform, which is a selling point being used to get companies like Starbucks to deploy the technology. PMA creates a unique ID and associates it with your device, making it so Starbucks can track how many times you come into a location and how long you charge your device while you are there. This doesn't include any personal information, but it does make it so Starbucks can tell how this tech is being used in their stores. During a recent interview, Powermat CEO Thorsten Heins noted that the tech could eventually be used to track your behavior and serve you coupons or ads based on that behavior, but currently that isn't being done through any of PMA's partners. Users would also have to opt-in to this, which would have to happen through an app made by the company offering you power, essentially adding your unique ID to an account you create with that company. There'd be no way to grab personal information or be served ads and coupons unless you give permission.

Qi charger Samsung Galaxy S6

At the end of the day, this is a very good thing for fans of wireless charging and a big move for Samsung to be the first Android smartphone that supports both formats out of the box. We're not going to have just one standard for wireless charging anytime soon, and it's more than likely we'll be seeing more devices this year with the ability to charge on both platforms out of the box. It's a great way to get more people to give this tech a shot, and more wireless charging users out in the world is never a bad thing.

Take a look at our hands on with the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge to learn more!

Russell Holly

Russell is a Contributing Editor at Android Central. He's a former server admin who has been using Android since the HTC G1, and quite literally wrote the book on Android tablets. You can usually find him chasing the next tech trend, much to the pain of his wallet. Find him on Facebook and Twitter

  • Being in IT myself, I'd love to be able to see numbers for how many devices are being charged, how long they charge for, and wha some of the high use users are. Of course the consumer side of me hates tracking from companies. I think it's one of those things that is harmless now, but if the PMA standard becomes the primary wireless charging standard, it could turn into a means to charge you or only allow it after purchasing something.
  • The same heins that almost bankrupted blackberry? Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'd never considered it before, but you've got me envisioning little stations on cafe tables where you insert 50p and it activates a wireless charging pad for 15-30 minutes... Dystopic indeed. Wubba lubba dub dub!
  • Great idea. My house "Phone Charging" $1.00 an hour. "Quick Charging" $1.00 every 30 mins. Rooted Galaxy S III Stock Galaxy Note 4
    Rooted LG G2
    If it ain't Tech, it ain't Right!
  • You want dystopic? I can now tell that Table 4's been charging the same device for 3 hours, and pop up a message on the register: "Table 4 has been used by the same customer since 11:35AM- please verify that they are still making purchases."
  • Wait... Dystopic now means not being allowed to mooch off coffee shops? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Oh, dystopia has always included that. After all, what could possibly be more dystopic than Aunty Entity refusing you to mooch hours of electric, environmental control, and table space if you only purchased the tall regular coffee. After all, two men enter, only one man leaves.
  • I'm not sure where you live, but here in the US, many places like Starbuck, McDonald's, etc. have outlets for people to plug in their devices for FREE. But it would be nice if the whole table was a larger wireless charging top. People could rest their phones on the table as it chargers. Laptop or tablet users would probably benefit from it more.
  • i have a Qi charging pad for when i had my nexus 5... i am not sure what Samsung is using in their new charging pads, but i'm getting one for free through Rogers cause i pre ordered the device... so pretty stoked to have two charging pads and not have to worry about it working or not with each of them ; > and not afraid to buying nicer looking stands etc in the future!
  • Why is it that carriers outside the US always seem to provide these free perks when buying phones but we can't get a thing.
  • A-greed.... OEM knows we will buy it anyway, so they can count on us spending more. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Because most people in the states buy their phone on contract. That's you "perk" Posted via the Android Central App
  • I don't buy my phones on contract which is more of a reason that I would enjoy some "perks"
  • The "perk" then is you're not on contract. Posted via the Android Central App
  • How is that a perk?! it's just me paying full price for a device. There's no perk there. It wasn't until recently were the providers would actually remove the subsidy from their monthly costs. For years they were ripping people off charging them a monthly subsidy when the customer should have never been charged one.
  • I guessed you missed the sarcasm. Next time I'll put /sarcasm Posted via the Android Central App
  • My provider in South Africa is giving out free wireless chargers with the phone, but I guess it's to compensate for them ONLY have the 32GB phone...
  • I love wireless charging. Glad Samsung is supporting both standards. I really don't care as was stated which standard wins in the end, I just want the technology to catch on more. People are still amazed at my work that I have a wireless charger at work. (they have iPhones and are amazed by everything pretty much).. Nexus 5 (AT&T)
  • Gimmick Posted from my Droid Turbo, Kelly and Ozone
  • You forgot the /s tag. The good news is that you do not have to buy a separate back like you used to. I know the back is not removable, just pointing that out. Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • It is with the right tools Posted via the Android Central App
  • Right... Which means you could possibly still do the touchstone charging hack I discuss below if the S6 has the same type of terminals in the back. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Does the touchstone use PMA?
  • It used it's own standard that isn't used by anyone anymore, I believe. Wubba lubba dub dub!
  • Yeah, I think it was propriety to Palm at that time, now owned by LG. Doesn't matter, the charging coils on eBay merely conduct it to charging terminals on the phone. Open up the back of your galaxy devices and see the copper terminals. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Why would i put a /s in my comment? As far as I'm concerned wireless charging is a useless gimmick right now. Posted from my Droid Turbo, Kelly and Ozone
  • We are shocked that someone could be so obtuse.
  • Yay! Posted from my Droid Turbo, Kelly and Ozone
  • I felt the exact same way until I tried it with the Palm Pre. Once you have used it having to plug in your phone into a wire seems very primitive.
  • Wireless charging is anything but a gimmick.
  • It's an attention grabbing feature, but is totally useless to me, so how is it not a gimmick? Posted from my Droid Turbo, Kelly and Ozone
  • You're right, because it's useless you, that must make it a gimmick and useless to everyone else as well, right??? Llllllmmmmmmaaaaaaaoooooooo! Posted via the Note 4 or Tab S 10.5
  • Exactly.
    Where do these people come from?
  • He makes quite a few retarded comments on AC. He's not very well liked by many on here, lol Posted via the Note 4 or Tab S 10.5
  • And i don't care. I realize that you come on here for the sole reason of making friends since you haven't made any in your life, but that's not why I'm here.
    And I've made a total of zero retarded posts, you just have trouble reading so you have no idea what i mean when i make a comment. Posted from my Droid Turbo, Kelly and Ozone
  • Lmao, You're an idiot It's nice to hear that you feel you've made zero retarded posts on android central, lmao. Good for you tJizz Posted via the Note 4 or Tab S 10.5
  • It's really word how you capitalize the J in tjizz. Most people with beyond a second grade education realize that capitalization doesn't work that way, but hey, it's you so good for you. Posted from my Droid Turbo, Kelly and Ozone
  • Your username is "tdizzel" do you really want to start emphasizing grammer here TJIZZ?? LMAO Posted via the Note 4 or Tab S 10.5
  • 9ers- I like tdizzel just fine and not just because I agree with his assessment of wireless charging when quick charging is on board. You are the one who cannot communicate without profanity.
  • Okay dude, lmao Posted via the Note 4 or Tab S 10.5
  • Did i say it's useless to everyone? No. I specifically said "to me" learn to read Russ Jr. It'll do you a world of good. Posted from my Droid Turbo, Kelly and Ozone
  • You said "it's totally useless to me, so how is it not a gimmick?" What does that sound like it implies, tJizz ? Useless to you, and generally a gimmick. Llmmmaaaooo, jackass Posted via the Note 4 or Tab S 10.5
  • It implies nothing Russ Jr. It states what it states and that's all that it means. Just because you don't know how to use words to form sentences to convey what you mean to say doesn't mean that others don't know how to do that either.
    Now go sit in the corner, weep over your "football team" and let the adults finish the conversation. Posted from my Droid Turbo, Kelly and Ozone
  • Youre an idiot tJiizz.Was Michael hulsey's origional post implying that it wasn't a gimmick to you? How the hell would he know that? Lmao, and yet your last sentence states "how is it not a gimmick?" Lmao you just got called out for making a poorly worded statement, Now piss off, tJizz!!! Posted via the Note 4 or Tab S 10.5
  • He didn't imply it, he flat out said it, but again you don't understand how reading works. But at least you've mastered the art of third grade insults. Your mom would be proud...nah, she probably wouldn't. Edit: are you trying to call me tjizz or tjiizz? If you could pick one spelling and stick to it that would really help. I understand if my request is too difficult for you though, but since it's your insult i was going you could try. Thanks Russ Jr. Your a real champ Posted from my Droid Turbo, Kelly and Ozone
  • Oh, so he directly said that its not a gimmick yo you?? Wtf? Lmao. Just a poorly worded statement, tJizz. That's all there is to it. Don't get too upset, it happens Really tjizz? Does adding an extra "i" to it really change what it implies?? Lmao now you're just reaching. Posted via the Note 4 or Tab S 10.5
  • Once again you're showing your lack of ability to read. I neither said nor implied that the extra i changed or implied anything, but since you have a lack of understanding of basic English, of course you think that. I'm starting to feel really sorry for you and the way your brain obviously doesn't work properly.
    And most people could follow along with the conversation and know exactly what things mean , but you're not most people Russ Jr. Posted from my Droid Turbo, Kelly and Ozone
  • Lmao. Is "dizzel" even an actual word?lololol, You really shouldn't emphasize grammer over the altering of your term "dizzel" Lolololololol. You really are an odd fellow, tjiiiiiiiz Yup, most people could follow along with the conversation and see that your origional response to Michael Hulsey was poorly worded. Your adamant defense of that poorly worded post that followed is also laughable. Have a nice day Posted via the Note 4 or Tab S 10.5
  • You've gone all out stupid on that comment. Normally i will call a comment stupid but not a person, but you are stupid. Everything you post makes you look more and more stupid. Questioning if someone's username is an actual word? Wow, i don't think I've ever seen any comment that is that level of stupid. You're just dumb. I feel bad for all the negative things I've said to you because i don't like being negative to people that are too stupid to realize that they're stupid and you're too stupid. So i apologize. But yeah, you're stupid. Edit: by the way, grammer isn't a word, but grammar is. Add it to your spelling list for the week. Your teacher will be proud that you're being proactive. Posted from my Droid Turbo, Kelly and Ozone
  • Holy crap!!! and I thought your prior comments were ridiculious, lmao. This one sounded like you just handed your phone over to a 12 year old with emotional issues. Lmao. Take a deep breath tjizz. Do you have access to Valium or any other anti-anxiety meds at the moment? Lol All you are is negative to people on here tjizz. Sounds like a personal problem Posted via the Note 4 or Tab S 10.5
  • Wireless charging is not a gimmick.
  • If you're going to argue with people about "grammer", you should at least spell it properly.... just saying. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Uh ohhh tJizz is getting butt hurt. Don't you ever think: geez, so many people think I'm a moron, maybe, just maybe, it's true? I've read so many comments from you that are completely retarded, I'd be amazed if you had a job, or even a single friend. I can't imagine anyone letting you work for them once they found out how you act. I think the reason you act like you do is because you don't have a single friend, and you're bitter about it. You don't want people to be happy because you're not happy. I hope you find purpose in life, and discover who you really are, because I feel really bad for you. It's either that or you feel like such a loser, you'll do anything for attention, so you act like this to get people to respond to you. Because otherwise nobody takes a second look at you, you're probably not special or unique in any way so you act like this because even negative attention is still attention. Good luck pal.
  • +[randomly_generated_integer_value] Wubba lubba dub dub!
  • You answered your own question when you typed the words "to me". Wubba lubba dub dub!
  • In that case nothing in the world is a gimmick because everything is useful to someone. Posted from my Droid Turbo, Kelly and Ozone
  • That is some quite spurious logic... Wubba lubba dub dub!
  • How so? Posted from my Droid Turbo, Kelly and Ozone
  • Do you actually want an explanation, or do you just want me to facilitate an argument because you're bored? ;) Wubba lubba dub dub!
  • Argument? No. Conversation? Possibly. But yes i would like an answer. Posted from my Droid Turbo, Kelly and Ozone
  • Calling it spurious is generous...
  • How so? Posted from my Droid Turbo, Kelly and Ozone
  • It's not a gimmick. To some people it is useful and to others it isn't. Just because it isn't useful to you doesn't make it a gimmick. Posted on my Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
  • Makes it a gimmick to me and to anyone else who finds it useless. Posted from my Droid Turbo, Kelly and Ozone
  • It's a gimmick to me because it's so easy to plug the micro usb to your phone. Posted via BlackBerry Classic
  • Indeed Posted from my Droid Turbo, Kelly and Ozone
  • Its easier to to just rest my phone on a pad when my lights are off than scrambling to find a chord to plug into my phone
  • Your cord isn't crawling anywhere. Unless you are referring to the dark. If so, then your phone provides light. Posted via BlackBerry Classic
  • Again.....its easier to just rest my phone on a table to charge than shine a light to look for a chord, plug it in, then rest it on the same table anyway. Im not saying using a chord is hard work. Im just comparing to methods. If you cant see how just laying your phone on a pad is easier than using the normal usb charging well that's fine. For ME its easier.
  • That does not make it a gimmick. You keep using that word, but I don't think it means what you think it means.
  • A thing is not a gimmick based on how useful tdizzle finds it. A gimmick is something that adds virtually no functionality and is designed with the sole intent of driving sales. Wireless charging isn't that. In a few years it will be ubiquitous.
  • A thing absolutely is a gimmick to tdizzel if tdizzel finds it completely useless to tdizzel. I'm not sure what's so difficult to understand about that. Posted from my Droid Turbo, Kelly and Ozone
  • Then don't ask "how is it not a gimmick?" Can you see what that statement implies tJizz?? Lmao Posted via the Note 4 or Tab S 10.5
  • Yeah, you can shut up now. You add nothing of usefulness to the conversation. Go drool over your Russell Wilson poster and be quiet Posted from my Droid Turbo, Kelly and Ozone
  • tdizzel = douche nozzle Posted via the Note 4 or Tab S 10.5
  • Gimmickry is not in the eye of the beholder the same way that, say, beauty is. People are arguing with you because you aren't using the word properly.
  • Then who decides what is a gimmick? The definition of the word gimmick includes a reference to it being useful. If i find something useless then why can it not be a gimmick to me? It seems pretty clear that something being a gimmick is a matter of opinion on whether or not it's useful, so how is it not in the eye of the beholder as you say? Posted from my Droid Turbo, Kelly and Ozone
  • Of course the definition makes reference to usefulness. But it doesn't only reference usefulness. There is a specific intent that you are ignoring. "Useless" and "gimmick" are not synonyms. And this isn't the place to argue these kinds of semantics, so this will be the last I post on it.
  • Way to bring up the semantics of it and then say this isn't the place to argue semantics. The fact is, to me it's a gimmick.
    You got into a discussion, realized you were wrong and wanted out. That's fine. Posted from my Droid Turbo, Kelly and Ozone
  • Oh, for crying out loud. I gave you the definition and you continued using the word incorrectly. I explicitly pointed out the part of the definition you were ignoring and you continued using it incorrectly. You're either trolling or willfully stupid. In any case, I'm done wasting my time with you.
  • My sincere apologies. I misread the post where you gave your definition. However i have to disagree with that definition. Something could add hundreds of different functionalities and if none of them are useful it can still be gimmicky. Your definition ignores the usefulness factor making it an incorrect or rather an incomplete definition. Once you correct your definition to add in the usefulness factor, then once again i will say that, according to the revised definition, wireless charging is a gimmick to me as it adds no useful functionality and is included simply to drive sales imo. Edit: hopefully someday the technology will advance to the point where is not useless and will no longer be a gimmick, but right now it is. But many very useful technologies have started out as gimmicks so there's always hope. Posted from my Droid Turbo, Kelly and Ozone
  • Lots of crying on this thread Posted via the Android Central App
  • Dear tdizzel
    I struggle to understand how difficult you find it to comprehend that for a gimmick to be a gimmick it had to be designed primarily with the intent of driving sales or attracting attention or publicity. The term originated in relation to con artists or magicians misleading punters.
    Whether or not it is useful to you is of no import. I seriously doubt that the designers and marketing team had you in in mind when they were deciding to put it in the S6.
    Having had three different usb charging cables break internally where they bent to hang down from the pda/phone /tablet socket and therefore cease to function, and having had a USB socket break, I find wireless charging to be a real solution to a real problem. Sadly, I've looked at your earlier postings and seen your comment "The biggest deal breaker for me would be if its made by Samsung" in response to the question "What would be a deal breaker for you in getting the Galaxy S6?". Had I but read that first, I'd not have followed your pointless argument here.
    BTW, I've disabled notifications for this thread
  • I find you useless to me. Therefore you are a gimmick. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Because you don't speak for the rest of the world.
  • Is apple pay also a gimmick?? it solves nothing
  • I use it all the time, about 50% of the time that I charge my phone, I use a Qi charger. Even bought a Qi power bank, works amazingly well and is really useful.
  • No, but seriously, how is it not a gimmick? The charger the phone will come with can charge the phone 50% in 30 minutes, while the wireless charger promises a 30% load in the same amount of time. And, technically, it's not wireless, since the pad the phone goes on has to be connected and the phone cannot be used while it's being charged.
    Enlighten me otherwise.
  • I'd need to see a citation for the negative effects on battery condition. I would expect inductive charging to have the opposite effect... You're right to point out that it is less efficient, but that is outstripped by the convenience factor.
  • Anecdotally, I had wireless on my Pre and Pre3, no battery issues. Two years on the Pre, about a year on the Pre3. I just dragged my old Pre3 out of the attic after a year, and I'm still getting the same charge out of it that I had prior to packing it up. On the other hand, the battery in my S4, using the Samsung Qi charger, bit the dust in about 13 months. This may be an issue with my equipment, however-- after getting a new battery, I was still having issues with the wireless charger periodically not working overnight, so I went back to plugging it in like a caveman.
  • Less efficient as in slower than wired charging. Thanks for the link; look forward to reading it.
  • Okay, I don't mean to necro this thread, but I read the link, and I think there might be a couple of things the authors are forgetting. Li-Ion batteries have an accepted good charge temperature range (roughly 40 - 110 degrees Fahrenheit), and have failsafes in place to prevent charging if the battery reaches temps outside this range. The OS also keeps an eye on these temperatures and keeps things in check.
    So, while it's true that inductive charging generates more heat, there are things I in place compensating for it. I think this is what rinkeedink's experience bares out. Your battery is probably pretty safe.
  • I've noticed no significant battery degradation on any of my palm and now several galaxy devices (S2 to Note 3) using the touchstone charging coils hack. I've heard it's actually better to keep them topped off then to be completely drained over and over. My anecdotal experience fro 4 years of constant wireless charging in home office would support that. My phones sit on a touchstone all day without heat issues. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Not if you get decent battery life and only need to charge at night. With my AMOLED screen and a charging dock my phone becomes a very nice alarm clock while I sleep that displays weather when I wake up. It requires no more work than simply setting my phone down.
  • I get great battery life and i don't use my phone as an alarm clock. So to me it's still a gimmick. Posted from my Droid Turbo, Kelly and Ozone
  • To me, you are an idiot.
  • Great! Posted from my Droid Turbo, Kelly and Ozone
  • I can't believe I read every response in this comment.... Guess I'm bored. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I fell into the trap too... I know I shouldn't feed the troll, but tjIzZ should quit while he's very very behind, LoLl All of his comments on here are useless to me. His life is a gimmick.
  • Oh come on guys (dizzel and Niner) don't stop. I was having so much fun laughing. Please keep it going... Please Please!! Note 4
  • Lol..... I have indeed fed the troll that is tjizzel, lmao Posted via the Note 4 or Tab S 10.5
  • It's all good:) Edit: I wish my Note 4 had wireless charging. Had it on my N5. I miss it.. Note 4
  • Daaaemm, okay, tjizzel has officially just been butchered. Lmao Posted via the Note 4 or Tab S 10.5
  • Would be interesting to see some company combine the two standards and come up with a "Wireless Fast Charging" standard essentially replicating Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 but wirelessly Posted via the Android Central App
  • Qi 2.0 supports speeds up to 2 amps; not quite quick charging but much faster than it used to be. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I've been using the palm touchstone for easy wireless charging on galaxy devices since the S2. Currently(haha) using it with my Note 3. You can get the touchstones and touchstone custom charging coils for your phone on eBay for less than $30 that work with stock backplates. It's a total cottage industry. Just search eBay. I have touchstones all over the house and in my cars. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I would LOVE to see a series of in-depth posts here on AC (similar to G+ this week) about wireless charging. I love the information and education I get from those articles
  • As long as Qi is one of them it's all good.
  • I had never even heard of PM before. Although I am really not bothered by Google tracking me because they services are so awesome and mostly free or cheap, does it does annoy me that simply charging your phone needs to be tracked by Starbucks or anything other company. What's the difference with me plugging my charger into the same wall outlet that the janitor uses? Why can't they just provide the wireless charging amenity without tracking me just like they offer wall outlets and comfortable chairs? Not to mention that it sounds like the tech is identical except PMA artificially restricts theirs, creating two standards unnecessarily. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I find it interesting that when people talk about this feature, nobody brings up the possibility of AT&T completely destroying it. My G3 was designed with qi but AT&T made LG give them a version that had it removed. The other US variants simply have it disabled (still annoying) which is easily re enabled with a quick trip to amazon and a replacement back plate. Not so with the at&t model. I have qi chargers in my house. More new car models are arriving with qi chargers built in. I see at&t ordering Samsung to strip the qi out and only have PMA enabled which would suck.
    While I'm ranting, I wouldn't put it past at&t to screw up or have removed Samsung's fantastic mobile payment solution.
  • It is at least promising that AT&T lists wireless charging as a feature of the S6 & S6 Edge. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It is unless, like I said, they only allow the PMA. If they leave it as designed, with qi and PMA, I will be very happy and more than a little shocked.
  • does anyone know how long it'll take to do a full charge with wireless?
  • It used take me 0.5 seconds to plug my phone into the charger. Thanks to wireless charging I can now eliminate the time, the difficulty, the hassle, and the pain that it takes to charge my phone. Posted via BlackBerry Classic
  • Let's see you change your tune when your phone's USB port breaks and you now have an expensive, useless brick.
  • My issue is on the S5, I bite my nails and actually have issues opening the usb port cover, wireless charging eliminates this issue and I don't have to worry about the cover falling off and sacrificing the water resistance if the S5. Posted via the Android Central App
  • +1 Posted via the Android Central App
  • One of the benefits of wireless charging is that it is a one handed operation. Plugging your phone into a USB cable is inherently a two handed operation. it may seem like a small difference but it really just makes it so much more convenient. Wireless charging is one of the biggest things that I miss since I switched from a Nexus 5 to a Moto X.
  • Just ordered my first Qi charging device...$8, cant go wrong. To be used with my Nexus 5, Moto 360...and then eventually my S6/Edge.
  • With quick charging I doubt I would use wireless charging but it is nice to have I suppose. Have not used it once on my Nexus 6 due to turbo charger despite having a qi charging mat.
  • It is one of those things that might be good to have while out traveling. Posted by my soon to be retired Note 3
  • Agreed. Especially since it is dual format for wireless charging pads. Still have not seen one at Starbucks although I hear they have the pads in some locations? Posted via my Nexus 6!
  • Glad to see Samsung is approaching wireless charging aggressively, hopefully they'll include NFC capabilities in future accessories. Something along the lines of Nokia a few years ago.
  • I can't justify either the convenience or the cost! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Wireless charging is crazy convenient, it's hard to understand unless you have regularly used something with it. But as far as cost, I can understand not being able to justify the cost of a new phone. But you can get Qi charging pucks for around $10 on Amazon. The cost of the charging pads is far from prohibitive.
  • So glad that Samsung implemented this in their flagship. It will only propel the technology. I recently read an article about a company that is trying to integrate something very similar to qualcomms quickcharge technology, but in Qi form.. Now that will change every, combine that with the longer range of QI 1.2, and BAM. The future is now.
  • This may be a stupid question but I bought a wireless charging port for my Droid Turbo that also worked for my Sony Xperia z3. Will this type of charging work on the s6? The charging holster plugs into the wall and has a base you slide the phone on. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Likely, can't say for sure though, but likely. Considering the S6 supports both charging technologies. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Man this is just killing me. I'm not going to lie I have had Samsung phones in the past and honestly after the experiences that I had with my S4 I thought I would be done with Samsung forever... And then they announced this phone. In all seriousness a lot of the decisions on things that they included with this phone were amazingly smart. This universal wireless charging feature for example. Yes it lost the replaceable battery and expandable memory but honestly I don't care. The last two phones that I have used had neither and I don't really miss them. Long story short I will be eligible to JUMP next month and I am really fighting the urge to pick up an S6. I have been burnt by Samsung's software in the past and even my wife who has a Note 3 is about ready to pitch that phone out a window because of all the little buggy issues that she has been having with it. That seems to be the thing with Samsung phones, when they work they are absolutely brilliant but when they don't it's torture. I don't know what to do. Right now my current T-Mobile phone is technically a Nexus 5 that has been sitting in a drawer ever since I bought an off contract Moto X. So worst case scenario I will still have the Moto X to fall back on. I just don't know if I can deal with that Samsung software again...
  • Anybody besides me miss the Palm Pre touchstone? I had three of those, one in my car, at home, and at work. Magnets kept the phone in place and it displayed perfectly for maps and apps. One of the things I miss most about that phone...
  • I have only one issue with wireless charging in general. You can't use the device comfortably while it's resting on a charging pad. Make the charging range the same as wifi coverage then the tech will be standard in everything battery operated. Not just mobile devices. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Does quick charging use the wireless charging? Thanks Posted via Android Central App
  • Going to get the S6 within days. And the wireless charger for home and another for the car. But a stupid thought that probably has an answer from all of you iPhone geeks with non-removable batteries -- At an airport, or some public place that has convenient charging surfaces, how does one stop a moment's distraction from resulting in a swiped phone? Not being cute or making a social comment -- just curious.
  • The two separate wireless charging organisations are amalgamating this year. What worries me is that they will adopt the best from both methods and drop their present configurations. This could mean my Galaxy S6 will no longer have wireless charging. Or will they run with three configurations for two years before dropping the present two of them?
  • I am using the quick charger that was in the box, but would like to go to a wireless charging dock so I can have the phone somewhere near vertical. What I have now is doing the job, but wireless is the way to go and I think that a lot more people in the future will be going that way. I am still reviewing the products that will do that for me.