18 December 2018
Google's newly launched Pixel 3 smartphones come with a bunch of improvements and new features. One of the best ones is the support for wireless charging which is the reason it also unveiled its own Pixel Stand wireless charger. It is capable of providing fast wireless charging at 10W but as it turns out, this fast speed of charging is not available with all kinds of wireless chargers.
As reported by Android Police and The Verge, Pixel 3 charging speed is limited to 5W on third-party wireless chargers unless they are Google-certified. This is because Google has opted for the base 5W Qi wireless charging standard and used a proprietary standard for providing wireless charging at 10W. It is the reason that even if you have a 10W third-party wireless charger, your Pixel 3 will still get charged only at 5W.
In response, Google said,
“We don’t limit third-party devices, in fact, we’re working with our partners in the Made for Google program to get fast 10W chargers certified for use with Pixel 3. Pixel Stand and Pixel 3 work together through the protocol we’ve developed for fast charging. Everything else charges at the industry standard Qi 5W.”
It is good to see that Google is collaborating with third-party wireless charger makers to ensure that there are plenty of options in the market. But it is still quite odd that it would not go for the 10W Qi charging standard which is used by most wireless charging devices. This is something which has not been done by any of the other major brands including Samsung and Apple.
In the end, this is how it is for the time being. You can either go for the $79 Pixel Stand or wait for Google-certified wireless chargers to arrive in the market.