We were a bit perplexed a few weeks ago when Google announced its $79 wireless charger. After all, there are other 10W wireless chargers out there for much lower prices. Then, we found out only Google’s official Pixel Stand can charge the Pixel 3 and 3 XL at full speed. Oddly, other wireless chargers still displayed as “Charging Rapidly” on the phones. Google appears to have fixed that in the November OTA. Read MoreNovember Pixel 3 and 3 XL update correctly identifies slow wireless charging was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Update 1: 2018/10/23 12:22pm PDT
Google has circled back with us for some clarification. While only the Pixel Stand will charge the Pixel 3 wirelessly at full speed right now, a certification process is underway
We already knew that Google’s Assistant UI would only work on the Pixel Stand. This decision by Google, while annoying, is understandable. Less understandable is the recent discovery that the Pixel 3 and 3 XL will only wirelessly charge at 10W on the Pixel Stand, with all third-party wireless chargers limited to the much slower 5W. Read More[Update: Third-party support coming] Google limits Pixel 3 wireless charging rate to standard 5W for third-party charging pads was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
You could be forgiven for thinking Google was new to wireless charging if you haven’t been obsessively following its products for years. The Nexus 4, 5, and 6 all had wireless charging capabilities, and Google even released its own wireless charging pad in 2013. After ignoring wireless charging for several years, the feature is back on the Pixel 3 and 3 XL. Google is also selling a wireless charger again: the Pixel Stand. Read MorePixel Stand review: A cool but tragically overpriced wireless charger was written by the awesome team at Android Police.