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In the blink of an eye, the year passed us by. As we look ahead to the new year on the horizon, we can’t help but wonder what the future holds. What kind of intriguing new technology will the year 2024 bring us, I wonder?
As I think about what we can expect in the coming year, I’ve also made a list of expectations that I hope to see come true. While some might be considered wishful thinking, I’m still hopeful that some of what I want to see in accessories in 2024 will actually materialize.
Qi2 wireless charging on Android
While we’re excited about MagSafe adapters and accessories for Android, it’s a temporary DIY solution until Qi2 becomes a reality. At the start of the year, we didn’t have much to say other than a few wild guesses and rumors. The WPC had confirmed that Qi2 would eventually replace Qi as the wireless charging standard, but no exact timeline was revealed as to when that might happen.
Luckily, Qi2 was officially launched in November, which means we can expect to see this magnetic wireless charging feature in 2024 flagship phones. I’m beyond excited myself and can’t wait to see how this will transform the accessories market. Fingers crossed we see Qi2 on the Galaxy S24 and Pixel 9 series!
Faster loading speeds in mainstream flagships
This may seem a bit irrelevant, but loading speeds are directly related to accessories and greatly affect the industry. Smartphone makers like Xiaomi, OnePlus, Vivo, and OPPO have all transcended the limits of wired charging speeds. While these companies’ high-end Android phones support wired charging speeds above 120W, it’s embarrassing that phones from Samsung and Google still don’t charge at speeds above 30W to 45W and can’t really take advantage of the best 100 W. USB-C chargers.
These catastrophic numbers are low and really need to change. If 2024 doesn’t bring us mainstream flagship phones that charge at least up to 65W, then these brands will have failed us spectacularly.
We’re not even talking about wireless charging here, which is another sensitive topic. If OnePlus can add 80W SUPERVOOC wireless charging to its devices while still selling them at a lower price than Samsung’s high-end devices, why can’t Samsung do the same? The technology exists, so we know it is possible to achieve this. To brands like Samsung and Google, I say this: do better.
Qi wireless charging equipment with MagSafe support
There is no shortage of excellent wireless chargers that stand out. However, there are no MagSafe chargers for Android. In fact, I don’t think there is one besides the Mophie Snap+, which comes with a MagSafe adapter ring for Android phones.
Now that MagSafe accessories are all the rage and everyone can use them with adapters, accessory makers need to up their game. Anker, UGREEN, Baseus, ESR and all the other bigwigs need to start making magnetic chargers without Versatile wire and wireless charging power banks supporting iOS and Android devices. This means adding Qi wireless charging and other specifications to their new chargers.
If you think the idea is a bit far-fetched, let me remind you that Qi2 is almost here. It would be smartly preemptive of accessory makers to get a head start on what will clearly be the new industry standard for all phones. Let’s be real: magnetic wireless charging is the future.
The end of proprietary smartwatch bracelets
Samsung, Fossil, Amazfit, Skagen, and a whole bunch of other smartwatch manufacturers all use universal quick release watch bands. As more and more wearable devices strive to follow a unified industry standard, Google went ahead and felt the need to ruin everything for everyone.
The Pixel Watch and its successor Watch 2 use the same proprietary watch band connectors, but it’s still a shame that we can’t use quick-release bands with them. Google hasn’t even released an official adapter to help with this process, leaving us at the mercy of unreliable Amazon purchases that may or may not fail at any time.
I don’t know why Google felt like a special snowflake and decided to go with proprietary connectors for its smartwatches. To add insult to injury, he then decided to offer incredibly expensive proprietary groups. Whatever the reason, I seriously hope the brand fixes this issue with at least an official adapter that connects the quick release bands to Pixel wearable devices.
More hybrid chargers and charging solutions
Anker likes to mix things up, combine functions and experiment with versatile accessories. The Anker 511 PowerCore Fusion 5K is a great example for others to follow, and it was one of my top 10 things to release in 2023. I sincerely hope that more and more charging brands make chargers hybrids like this in the future.
Power banks are great, but they are also heavy. Often we have to choose between carrying a charger and a portable power bank due to the weight of these accessories. Hybrid chargers solve this solution by combining charging bricks and batteries into one attractive solution. Add in wireless charging and you no longer need to buy three separate chargers.
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