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Samsung Galaxy SIII to Allow for Wireless Charging Up to 2 Meters Away?

I know, I know, another Samsung Galaxy SIII rumor. What other device do we have to look forward to though? Motorola is prepping their 12th rendition of the RAZR (that will be locked) and HTC is only interested in giving Verizon their 2nd tier phones in the Incredible 4G. Our last hope for this first half of 2012, is the SGS3. And this latest rumor that involves it, would be awesome if it ends up being true.

Would you be interested in wireless charging of your Galaxy SIII? No, we aren’t just talking about the Qi or inductive charging that you are seeing in the picture above, we are talking about having a charging module of sorts on your desk and you being able to set your phone anywhere within 2 meters of it while still filling up the tank. Rumor has it that Samsung has created their own tech that will allow exactly that to happen and may have include it inside the next-gen Galaxy phone. 

Here is a brief demo of similar technology from a company called Fulton:


I don’t know about you, but wireless charging is something that should have been built into phones long ago. I understand that companies need to make money and that selling a separate Qi back to a phone is the way to do it, but it’s 2012, meaning this should have become standard already. Days of searching your desk or kitchen or bedroom for a cord should have been out the door long ago.

Via:  DDaily, The Verge

  • scott

    it’s magnetic. You can’t get cancer from a maget.

  • feztheforeigner

    Inductive charging, not this, removes a lot of flexibility. The user can no longer hold or use their phone in any way. This tech would be very cool to see if it comes true!

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  • Liderc

    If they didn’t write about rumors, we would barely see any updates at all.

    Companies release rumors on purpose, they create media buzz without costing them anything.

  • hmmmm sounds like it would take 12 hours to charge it half way

  • MrEnglish

    THIS IS AWESOME!!!! I always wanted to actually FEEL the tumor growing. 🙂

  • What will be the price for the
    Samsung Galaxy S3 
    , 1000 Euro???

  • J.C.

    keep your junk lead lined, I smell a Sterility “Gate” 


    So many people complaining that it wont come to carriers X or Y. Why not just leave and go to a different one that does?

    • CORYK333

      ETFs, contracts, better/worse coverage, all talk & no action, people just like to b!tch about something, family plans, corporate accounts……….take your pick


        The only thing I understood there was coverage and the family plans. Guess US and UK carriers are different there.

  •  wireless charging 6 1/2 feet away. HAHAHAHAHA yeah ok…

  • Bob Barker

    Also takes like 100 times (rough estimate) more power to charge the device more slowly than just plugging it in. = FAIL

    looks cool tho 🙂

  • No it is not a tumor!

  • Bob

    Does anyone here understand the principles of electromagnatism?  2 Meters ~ 6 ft.  The magnet causing inductions would be HUGE!!  Its physically impossible to get a magnet the size of an induction pad to transmit power that far to a phone.  Next to the pad, 5 inches from the pad, on the pad, but not 6 ft.  The magnetic field will do nothing to you unless its ionized, and if thats how hey are getting it 6ft, I see lawsuit!

    • bakdroid

      Perhaps you are unfamiliar with Nicola Tesla’s work…

      • Javis sullivan

        This is what i was going to say. I had a good laugh though. I think it’s a shame to be this uninformed when the internet and google/wikipedia exist. Or I guess he could be spreading misinformation on purpose?

  • TimXer

    Is there any chance on earth this thing hits VZ?  I don’t think so, so I’m not getting too excited about it.

    • wastry

      VZW exclusive.  It happened with the GNex, it can happen with the S3

      • tomn1ce

        I don’t think that’s happening not after VZW butchered the release of the G-Nexus and all the advertising that they do on the Droid brand. I’ve seen plenty of comercials and billboards of the Droids. I have yet to see a G-Nexus comercial other then the one they had over the holidays and the Google+ comercial. Billboards, I have not seen one for the G-Nexus but I have seen plenty for the Droids. I don’t think that samsung would get into an exclusive deal with VZW for the GS3. When you go to a VZW store they push for Droid even though you let them know exactly what you want. Why would they want to limit themselfs to one carrier especially after how well the GS2 sold with all the carries.

        • i see more nexus commercials than i do droid commercials..

      • Droidzilla

        The GNex was only exclusive to Verizon in the US (and was already released in EU/Asia).

  • J Dub

    Now up the ante. Make this tech more like wifi and then have repeaters everywhere for constant charging. 

  • possomcrast1

    Actually verizon has gotten jipped on phones lately. Im just so happy that they were able to make a deal with google to get me my nexus.

  • bakdroid

    Awesome!  Let’s roll back to 1900s technology!


  • Mikeg

    Why is the picture being used a: “HTC Thunderbolt”

    • GawkerRedesignSucks

      Because the Galaxy SIII doesn’t exist.  What would you have them do?

      • Use an S2 photo?

      • PC_Tool

        Photoshop any of the 100 or so SGSIII rumored mock-ups we’ve seen in the last 3 hours?

        (I may have exaggerated once or twice….)

    • riteshk

      Did you not read the article? It just shows one way of wireless charging that’s available today (inductive)..

    • LionStone

      Because the TBolt rocks!

  • Jm56401

    Sounds like cancer to me too

    • GawkerRedesignSucks

      You do realize that these days it’s almost impossible NOT to come into contact with things that increase your risk of cancer, right?

      • Jm56401

        I relize that however increasing the native risk just to wirelessly charged if it could happen from 2 meters away is not a good thing. Of course the world would just blame smokers and smoking for the additional cancer that came of this anyway.

  • Brandon White

    They better get a patent for that before apple does.

    • Javis sullivan

      You obviously don’t know how patents work. You cannot patent something that has either already been published publicly or is know to exist already. Ergo, if a company comes out in 2011 with a floating phone but doesn’t patent it, Apple can’t come along in 2012 and patent their own floating iphone (for the floating capabilities anyways). 

      The patent office won’t allow it because the idea wasn’t original to yourself. However, if you don’t patent it anyone can use that technology. Which Ironically is how it should be anyways. We didn’t patent and restrict the use of fire (nature and things that already exist through science) when we discovered it as cavemen. Why the hell are we doing that now?!

      •  This is why patents should be timed (yes i know some are). You create something new you get a specified amount of time where you are the only one that can use/sell it then after the time expires it is considered common technology. Patents should help progression not hinder it.

      • Droidzilla

        The USPTO allows all kinds of superfluous/redundant patents. The prior art clause usually only gets argued in court, and only then if you can afford it. Apple has used this to its advantage to patent already existent technology and then sue little guys out of business; not because the patents they hold are always legit, but because the little guy can’t afford the legal battle. See MagSafe for an example.

  • Tim Swann

    if they had this, it should have been in the G-Nex. FAIL!

    • wastry

      GNex was Googles flagship that Sammy agreed to manufacture; this is Sammy’s flagship.  You wanna blame someone, blame Google for releasing a crappy phone

      • Liderc

        Actually companies bid to build the Nexus for Google, all manufacturers ask to build it, then Google picks one. 

  • i want this to exist. that is just so cool!!!

  • Captain_Lunatic

    I smell a lawsuit from Apple coming soon. Why? Why not?

    • wastry

      Because Apple patented this already.  It’s a hand drawn picture of an iphone with lightning bolts around it, and the caption “This would be so cool”

  • Guest

     The entire back of the device could be a giant solar panel… instead of useless,
    wasted space.  It would increase the price of the device less than 10% and could
    easily top off your battery to 100% all the time… simply by doing nothing more
    than laying the phone down on your desk.

    • RobG

      I couldn’t agree more! Also the tech that Citizen uses in their watches to charge up the power cell can be implemented in the digitizer (touchscreen).

    • user311

      Well there’s a few problems with a solar panel being on the back of the device:

      a. people generally put their phone screen side up when placing them on any surfaces to lessen the chance of scratching your screen.

      b. some people, not me, use cases and covers to protect their phone.

      c. would be useless when your phone is in a pocket or purse.

      d. solar panels are not efficient by any means in their current form. Last I heard it was somewhere in the neighborhood of ~30%.

      e. would not capture a lot of solar rays when people actually use the phone outdoors since people generally don’t use their phones with the back facing the sun. and people have hands that would also block most of the sunlight. 

      I did however read of a study where special solar panels were placed under the lcd panel which harvested light from the panel. That idea showed promise. 

      edit: I forgot to mention that adding solar panels on the back of the device would create a lot of heat when sitting in the sun due to the lack of efficiency of the panels and the charging battery.

    • RC

      that would mean that you can’t use a case on it…don’t see this one happening

  • Beka

    That would be amazing.  I wonder if it could charge multiple phones at the same time, like if my husband and I both had one.

  • Since its highly doubtful this will be on verizon why oh why is it on here and not an.droid-life?  i thought droid-life = VZW droid exclusive info and an.droid-life = everything else…  

    • FortitudineVincimus

      Amen brother, Amen

    • droidiac13

      Totally agree.  Android Life is something that really needs to have more put into it.  They are limiting themselves on here to Verizon customers.  While I still come here, I would like to be able to get more Android info than stuff that just relates to Verizon.  Much like this article.

      • FortitudineVincimus

        But then it is just another unfocused cell phone tech blog… dozens of those exist already

        • Christopher Riner

          not as good as this one 😉

    • GawkerRedesignSucks

      Don’t be so pessimistic.  We never thought we’d see a Nexus device on Verizon and we finally got one.  Plus, if the Galaxy S was on VZW, I don’t see any reason why the Galaxy S III can’t come to Big Red too.

    • Balls

       times change

    • A man can dream all right

    • There is a possibility of it being on verizon, Verizon didnt get the SGSII because of the g-nex so they might get this unless they are planning on something else from samsung

      • Does it mean they were already planning to get the Nexus in May 2011? 6 months prior to actual Nexus release? That sounds weird.

        (I wonder if you could get an S II on AT&T? A Nexus on AT&T? An SII on T-Mobile? Rogers? A Nexus on those two? Oh right, you could.)

    • AlexKCMO

      When you get your own blog, feel free to do what you want.

      The focus is Android and VZW.  Read, focus.  That doesn’t mean Kellex can’t go off topic every now and again or report rumors.  Kellex reports the Transformer Prime, which isn’t on VZW, but he has one.  It’s his blog, he can do what he likes.

  • Jon

    Pretty amazing tech. I would be interested in knowing what, if any, side effects of being around a magnetic field that extends to 3 meters. I mean what if someone has a pacemaker…or will I feel it in my fillings! 🙂 

  • FortitudineVincimus

    I am interested in every aspect of this phone… it is the phone I want and have been holding out on my renew for – to bad it will not make it to Verizon. 

  • DUH FUQ? Sign me up… for terminal disease…

  • Guest

    Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve never been tempted to fork over $50 just so I don’t need to physically plug in a phone.

  • SH

    Sound like a good idea, but I wonder how this will effect other things on your desk…

  • Erik

    Way to taunt me with a pic of the never released wireless charging on a thunderbolt lol

  • Adam Barrett

    I just want this phone and the carriers announced so I can make with the contract negotiations already.

  • Bcorrell34

    G-nex or SIII?

    • Droidzilla

      Honestly, this shouldn’t even be a question. It would be like asking Nexus S or SGSII. The only question is whether or not this comes to Verizon in the next year (they’re the slowest to adopt Sammy phones, then they load them with Bing just to be douchebags).

      • GawkerRedesignSucks

        “Honestly, this shouldn’t even be a question. It would be like asking Nexus S or SGSII.”
        Thank you.  That’s exactly where I was going to go with this.  You can’t compare last year’s tech to this years.

        • Droidzilla

          Fanbois are silly beasts. I remember iPhone fanbois thinking the iPhone 4 actually held a candle to the SGSII; never thought I’d see the same level of idiocy from Nexus fanbois.

          • wastry

            Weren’t you here before the GNex was released?  The fanboys were in full swing, swearing that when the Gesus phone was released, it would be able to walk on water and bring the dead back to life.

            The fanboys were in every thread, expression their rampant obsession that bordered on the erotic.

          • Droidzilla

            I’ve been here since the OG Droid. I remember the Droid X being the next big thing, and everyone hated the Samsung Galaxy S when it came out because it wasn’t a “Droid” phone (no joke). Still, the fanboism has reached a new high with the GNex. It’s pretty annoying, and honestly drives me away from the comments (which used to be my favourite part of the site).

          • CORYK333

            Amen dude, Been saying it for months. If you look back at old comment threads (helping each other, light hearted jokes/insults, etc…), it was sort of like a family, as opposed to the last 8 months where its more like a family court (insults, b.s., lies, “mine is better”, etc….). I actually feel bad for newer users bc when the site 1st launched you could get at least 4-5 cats looking to help you, now either your post gets lost in a sea of trash or someone insults your question or the device you need help with. Very disappointing if you were around at the start. I guess it comes with the increased popularity of the site bc its so good & increased adoption of Android, but IMHO a bit more moderation from the site should be used in terms of the trolls/trouble-makers. Rant over, sorry if i sounded like a douche.

    • FortitudineVincimus

      SGSIII hands down… not even close

  • r0lct


  • Ncross2010

    So what happens when you wanna charge, say 3 phones? 

    • r0lct

      You install a home thermonuclear generator, duh.

  • Michael_NM

    It’s a post wire world.

  • r0lct

    OK, OK, now I’m getting excited.  If all these rumors pan out maybe my GNex won’t last 2 years after all.  😛

    • Thanassi

      yea but even if this is true and the GS3 is capable of magically charging, there will be another phone that comes out 3 months later that makes coffee and automatically makes you handsome when its in your pocket. The GS3 will then be obsolete, and then the RAZR ULTRASUPERCRAX will debut 2 months later with one-button BJ technology and then that phone will be obsolete, etc etc.

      • Dl

        probably not a razr. motorola wouldn’t muddy their product with such unnecessary features and an unlocked boot loader. is samsung the only company making awesome phones right now?

      • r0lct

        I know, I know.  I’m just annoyed at the battery life and accessory situation that the GNex is suffering from (I need a dam car dock that at least does power).  I also need 18+ hours of my use (like I got from my DX) and I would likely be content.  However the10 -1 2 hours isn’t going to cut it for 2 years.  It’s fine now as I’m enjoying the rest of the phone, but eventually when there are equal or better phones getting 18+ hours it’s going to be hard to resist whether that is the SG3 or the next Nexus.

      • then we buy that one too.. duh

    • Christopher Riner

      i hate to say it, but my thoughts exactly.  Never thought I’d say that.

  • normmcgarry

    Seems like this would give you cancer.

    • WTF?  How so?  

    • r0lct

      Well that would certainly increase customer turnover so I would assume they did some sort of testing first.

    • It shouldn’t be any more dangerous than standing under power lines.

      • Droidzilla

        I’m going to inductive charge my SGSII under power lines while sitting in a spa drinking Mountain Dew. I’m hoping to have children with super powers (or at least with some hilarious deformities).

        • now yellow number 5 is just a rumor

          • GawkerRedesignSucks

            Says who?  Mountain Dew’s team of expert physicians?

        • normmcgarry

          Tesla would be proud.

    • FortitudineVincimus

      About as much as cell phone pointed at your head

      • picaso86

         That’s why texting is so much safer.

    • I mean seriously, who write these articles!

      It wouldn’t just give you cancer.

      Energy would follow the inverse square law, so you would be throwing away most of the energy. To be able to get enough to your device, now imagine you living in this space that can transfer enough energy to a phone 2m away.

      • Noyfb

        The electromagnetic field it would give off would be crazy though. Especially for people who are sensitive to it, it would make them sick or paranoid, people can have adverse reactions to it.

    • Fatty Bunter

      Thanks for the expert analysis.

      • normmcgarry

        You’re welcome!

    • Christopher Riner

      Yeah, last year I was thinking about this, but I was thinking more of being able to be in the same room.  But I’ll bet they have a hulluva time getting this through the fcc.

      I said this somewhere last year– inductive charging just isn’t worth it– I’d rather battery swap.  But how cool would it be to have a toggle in your newest rom that says “charge”, and that was all there was to it.  Too sweet.

  • This is almost getting to G-Nex levels.  Not quite as intense, but it could just seem that way to me because I don’t have an available upgrade right now and a dying OG Droid in my pocket.

    • Droidzilla

      The SGSIII will be better than the GNex, hands down. It’s just a question of whether or not Verizon gets a model that’s not horribly gimped sometime in 2012 (they’re the only carrier to not have the SGSII, and their SGS models were pretty lame). Of course, Sammy usually rolls with unlocked bootloaders so the gimped part isn’t too much of an issue.

      • LiterofCola

        Yep, I’d seriously consider this if it truly does turn out to be a beast on Verizon.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Well the Gnex is a Variation of that GS2 . . . so I do believe if there was no GNex on verizon they would have just gotten their own version of the GS2

        • Droidzilla

          A day late and a dollar short, at that. I don’t get why Verizon is so slow to adopt the Galaxy phones; probably because they can’t brand them as easily. Though it may be that Samsung was stupid in marketing them: Fascinate? Captivate? That whole campaign was ridiculous.

          Here’s hoping they release the SGSIII across all carriers in all (major) markets at once, though I won’t hold my breath. Verizon is notorious for being slow to adopt anything outside the “Droid” line.

          • BrianWenger

            Hell I’d be surprised if it even gets to the US at all within four months of being released everywhere else. Sucks that US carriers have to bastardize every phone except the iPhone.

          • Droidzilla

            Well, that phone’s already gimped so the carriers don’t have to mess with it.

        • FortitudineVincimus

          Precisely.. “their version” will get a different chip, different dimensions, different battery size, different software and thus.. will NOT be the SGSIII many of us are salivating over and reading about. It will be some gutted version.

  • Thats actually really cool