By the Blouin News Technology staff

Can the wireless charging world come together?

by in Personal Tech.

Starbucks Coffee Wireless Charging Powermat. (Source: Shinya Suzuki/flickr)

Starbucks Coffee Wireless Charging Powermat. (Source: Shinya Suzuki/flickr)

On Tuesday, IHS Inc. released a report detailing how the wireless charging market will mature this year, having grown more than 160% in 2015 over the previous year. The report comes at an opportune time — for years, big tech companies have been trying to figure out how to create a standard for wireless charging so that the next generation of devices will ship in tandem with that of charging tech. (Note that these efforts have long been stymied by the presence of various coalitions formed by multiple groups of tech companies in order to try to set standards for wireless charging.)

The IHS report states that annual global shipments reached 144 million units, system design improved, integrated receivers “hit mainstream devices,” and diversification for applications and power ratings are now “driving the development” of wireless charging. Annual shipment volume is expected to top 1 billion units by 2020 and 2 billion by 2025, according to the group. Its research manager for wireless power, David Green, said that device developments and new product launches last year helped to increase consumer awareness, and that in general users are paying more attention to wireless charging capability…

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