Among the several improvements in the new Google Pixel 3 compared to its predecessor is the inclusion of Qi wireless charging. Not only that, but the new flagship smartphone works with fast wireless charging, up to 10W. That's the good news. Unfortunately, the wireless fast charging comes with a bit of a caveat.

As reported by The Verge, the only way you'll be able to utilize wireless fast charging is if you use the official Pixel Stand. Other third party Qi wireless chargers, even if they support fast wireless charging, will get throttled down to the base 5W Qi spec.

What's curious is that if you place your Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL on one of these third-party wireless chargers, the phone will still show that it's charging rapidly. Even though it's not. So, what gives?

A Google representative told The Verge that they "don't limit third-party devices." However, in order to unlock the full 10W potential, partners will need to work with the "Made for Google program to get fast 10W chargers certified for use with the Pixel 3." That includes the newly announced 10W Pixel 3 charger from Belkin.

So, it's not completely true that you'll only get 10W fast wireless charging via the Pixel Stand for your Pixel 3. It is true, though, that you will need to get something that is certified under the Made for Google program. In some ways, this should give consumers peace of mind. When you pick up a no name Qi charger off Amazon, there's no saying what sort of QA standards went into its production.


But if Google gives it the thumbs up, then at least you have some assurance that it should work properly.

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