According to Android Police, Google accidentally uploaded screenshots on its GoogleNews Telegram group showcasing an upcoming wireless charger for the Google Pixel 6, as well as various charging optimization modes. Along with the new set of options, it seems that Google will expand the Material You UI design to wireless charge settings as well.
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With the second generation Pixel Stand wireless charger, both the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro would get some interesting options. One is the Optimized mode, which will optimize charging and is recommended for most situation. Likely this mode will prioritize faster charging when battery levels are low, and will taper off the charge speed if the battery is past a certain threshold.
The Max mode would, as the name suggests, charge the Pixel 6 as quickly as possible. The disclaimer reads that "Fan may be louder at times" during Max charging.
Given current rumors suggesting the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro will support wireless charging of up to 23W, it makes sense that there would be a cooling fan to ensure components don't overheat. Now, will the fan be internal to the charger, or would it aim to cool the phone down as well?
Lastly, the Quiet charge mode is supposed to limit fan speed, but the phone may charger more slowly as a result.
Unfortunately, that's all we know about the second generation Pixel Stand. There's no word on release date or price, but it will likely launch at the same time as the Pixel 6, which you would assume is before the end of October. The current Pixel Stand costs $79, so we expect this second generation model to be in the same ballpark.
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Imad is currently Senior Google and Internet Culture reporter for CNET, but until recently was News Editor at Tom's Guide. Hailing from Texas, Imad started his journalism career in 2013 and has amassed bylines with the New York Times, the Washington Post, ESPN, Wired and Men's Health Magazine, among others. Outside of work, you can find him sitting blankly in front of a Word document trying desperately to write the first pages of a new book.