Wireless charging has made some fairly big strides over the last year or two, but just like another emerging technology – flexible screens – it's a fair bit less glamorous in practice than it is in theory.
The problem, for wireless charging at least, is one of competing standards, and it's an issue industry insiders say is probably still a year away from being resolved.
You'd be forgiven at this point for saying there already is a universal standard in the Wireless Power Consortium's Qi, the standard used by the likes of the LG G2, Samsung Galaxy S4 and a fair few Nokia Lumias over the past couple of years.
But DigiTimes reports wireless charging module makers are still hedging their bets to a large degree and stopping short of committing fully to developing new products while other standards such as A4WP and PMA persist.
And it's agreement between these “upstream” suppliers, as DigiTimes calls them, that's as much a hurdle towards consensus being reached on a single standard as downstream players agreeing on a way to bring finished solutions to consumers.
The time and cost of integrating these three standards into a single industry platform is likely to take at least until the second half of next year to complete, vendor sources are saying.
Part of the problem is that just like the batteries being charged, wireless charging itself isn't really seen as a glamour area of consumer electronics – not in the way screen technologies are, for example.
Most consumers are still thanking their lucky stars wired chargers have been standardised (for all but Apple, anyway) onto microSD. Suggest that they might have to pay anything more than a tiny premium to go wireless, and they might just tell you exactly where you can stick your wireless charger. And it won't be into the wall socket.