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Galaxy S6 launch signals wireless power going mainstream

In one of the strongest signals yet that wireless power has entered mainstream adoption, Samsung Electronics has revealed it has wireless charging built into its new flagship Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge smartphones, which were launched at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona yesterday. 

Both handsets charge straight 'out of the box' on all Qi chargers now in the market, including: •    15 automobile models have Qi chargers built in, or available as a factory installed option, such as the new 2016 Toyota Camry and the 2015 Jeep Cherokee. •    18 automotive aftermarket chargers, including the Tylt VU Car mount, ZENS and Nokia Qi Wireless car chargers. •    More than 300 styles of Qi-certified wireless chargers for home and office use, including the Verizon Qi Wireless Charging Stand, and the Nokia DT-903 Smart Wireless Charging Plate. •    Thousands of Qi chargers at McDonald's, Marriott and other public locations around the globe.

"As the number one smartphone supplier in the world, Samsung has set the bar on advanced, must-have features that enhance the consumer experience," says Menno Treffers, chairman of the Wireless Power Consortium. "By including Qi in the Galaxy S6 line, Samsung has addressed a basic consumer need – having a phone that is easily charged everywhere.”

Treffers says, ”Leading brands like Samsung, IKEA, Marriott, McDonalds, Toyota and others are continuing their commitment to wireless charging by embedding Qi into their products and locations."

The Qi certified logo means the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge will work seamlessly with the any Qi charger in the market.

"With the launch of Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, we believe 2015 will be a landmark year for the adoption of wireless charging," says Peter Koo, senior vice president of technology strategy team, Samsung Mobile. "We hope to accelerate the use of this wireless charging technology with compelling smartphones and making charging experience more convenient for consumers."