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PMA and A4MP Consolidate for Wireless Charging Standard to Compete with Qi

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Some of you may already own a BackBerry Z30 packed with Qi wireless charging technology. Sadly that is only enabled on Verizon but hopefully BlackBerry is going to implement it in all future devices. Recently Qi’s competitors, the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) and Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP), decided to consolidate and establish a universal standard, Rezence, leaving the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) — which uses an inductive-charging standard called Qi — as the only competitor. How’s that for a mouthful of acronyms?

To date, the Qi wireless charging standard has been used in BlackBerry (Z30) and other phones made by HTC, Nokia, and LG. The other standard, Rezence, has industry partners that include Qualcomm and Samsung. The market as a whole has not settled on a single standard just yet. If Qi becomes the preferred standard in the industry, BlackBerry Z30 will be compatible with a wider range of wireless charging options.

Only time will tell if this new combined standard can compete with Qi. It would probably be best for customers if they all combined so that more devices will be inter-compatible.

Via Press Release via Tech Buffalo

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