One LG G2 variant will have wireless charging, and it’s not coming to Canada

Daniel Bader

August 15, 2013 1:16pm

Some hardware vendors, like Apple and Samsung, can convince carriers to release an identical product. It may sting them, but it’s possible. Carriers love reasons to differentiate their products from the rest, especially in the land of waning exclusives.

Verizon loves plastering their smartphones with unseemly logos, even going so far as to include one on the home button of the Samsung Galaxy Note II. Now, that same carrier who recently deferred its purchase of Wind and Mobilicity, has announced an exclusive version of the LG G2 with Qi wireless charging. It may make the device slightly thicker and heavier, but it’s a great feature. And it’s not coming to any other variants.

The Canadian carriers announced in tandem today that they will be blessing our market with both white and black models of the G2, but ever since using the Nokia Lumia 920, which has Qi charging built in, as does the Nexus 4, I’m hooked. It’s one of those things that just works: place your device on a charging pad and a gentle vibration later it is charging at the same speed as with a microUSB cord.

The issue speaks more to the measures larger carriers will go to separate themselves from the pack, and Verizon, as the largest wireless telco in the US, has a lot of clout with the manufacturers. While it’s possible that a version of the LG G2 with wireless charging will come to Canada, it’s disappointing that the company’s new flagship is not universally available with the technology.

It was also recently pointed out to us that the South Korean version of the G2 comes with a removable battery and microSD slot, something that wasn’t even mentioned during the US launch last week.

All these carrier-specific variations have us scratching our heads, and slightly frustrated, but that’s the reality of smaller OEMs trying to make nice with the carriers on which they solely rely for retail distribution. That is, until Google steps up its Google Edition game.

  • FlageJan1

    LOOL why would we get anything good?

  • Nathaniel James

    LG is stepping up 🙂

  • hunkyleepickle

    Not to worry, by the time robellus actually get this device to customers, most ppl won’t remember it anyway. Shame really, wireless charging is really fantastic!

  • Humberto Giambrone

    Don’t care about wireless charging, really makes no difference in my life, but the lack of removable battery and microSD annoy me to no end. Hopefully the Nexus, if it is based on the G2, will include both features.

    • Ugslick

      Nexus by default shuns SD card support. Removable battery is plausible, though Google may decide they like the bigger battery better than a removable one (likely I think). This is off course aiming the Nexus 5 is based off the G2.

    • RussianDroid

      As mentioned in comments/articles so many times , Nexus program will not include SD storage as per statements of Android engineer and director of UX.
      Two major issues with it are:
      1. Security
      2. Multi-user support (4.2+)

      I would prefer 64GB on board storage, I mean comon my girlfriend’s old iPhone 4 has FOUR (x4) times the memory current Android flagships have.

      Removable battery
      Shoot an email to Sundar to force that feature into Nexus 5 😉

      I think it’s a personal preference though. As a keyboard monkey I absolutely don’t care about removable battery. Charging phone at work seems natural to me, I come to work with a full charge on the phone and I leave work with a full charge on the phone. I would love to have wireless charging for convenience.

      For long travels (e.g. camping) I use battery pack (large one)

  • Harold Mitchell

    Love his exclamations of surprise!


    OMFG I wish the guy in the video would stop slamming things down so hard it makes me want to smack him lol.