The next-generation upgrade to Qi, the global wireless charging standard, was announced at CES 2023 in January. At the event, the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) unveiled the Qi2, which is based on Apple’s MagSafe technology. The Qi2 certified phone and charger are expected to arrive in time for the 2023 holiday season. Recently, WPC announced that Qi2 is almost at the finish line as the first mobile devices with the new wireless charging standard were ready to complete certification testing. This means we may soon see MagSafe wireless charging technology on Android phones.
According to WPS, like MagSafe the Qi2 will feature magnetic attachment to phones, faster charging, higher efficiency and more. The first Qi2 certified products are set to hit the market during the holiday season, starting with Apple’s iPhone 15 lineup. Android phones are expected to follow suit by adopting the Qi2 profile. According to WPS, Belkin, Mophie, Anker, and Aircharge have already announced Qi2 charging products and more than 100 devices are currently in the testing or certification testing queue.
According to the WPC, the Qi2 standard consists of two profiles, the Magnetic Power Profile (MPP) which is based on MagSafe technology contributed by Apple to the consortium and branded with the Qi2 logo, and the Extended Power Profile (EPP), which is a Is an improvement on existing wireless charging, which does not involve magnets but is compliant with the Qi2 standard. WPS said in its statement that the new Qi2 EPP products will be branded with the existing Qi logo Press release earlier this month.
With Android phones adopting the new Qi2 standard, we may soon see MagSafe-based MPP profiles on upcoming Android phones. The new wireless chargers will be able to magnetically connect to compatible Android devices, just like the MagSafe charger connects to the iPhone. Additionally, with magnetic attachments coming to Android phones, a group of magnet-based phone accessories, currently available for iPhone models, may also be coming to Android devices. These include MagSafe-compatible cases, magnetic wallets, battery packs, and more.
“These certified Qi2 chargers provide smoother, faster charging that is more energy efficient and provides broader interoperability,” Paul Struhsecker, WPC executive director, said in the release. “In addition, Qi2’s magnetic attachment also means consumers will no longer have to struggle with adjusting the position of their devices to ensure perfect alignment between the phone and the charger.”
Recently, the Google Pixel 9 lineup was also reported to launch with the Qi2 wireless charging standard. Liu Yang, a senior hardware engineer at Google who has been working on wireless charging systems on Pixel handsets since 2017, recently joined WPC as a board member. According to WPC, Yang is currently in charge of the research and development of the next-generation wireless charging technology on upcoming Pixel products, thus suggesting that the Pixel 9 series may come with Qi2 wireless charging support.