Apple first announced its AirPower wireless charging mat back in September, with a 2018 release promise. Previous rumors had suggested it would launch in March, but an iPad education event and WWDC keynote have both came and passed without any mention of the AirPower mat. Bloomberg reports that Apple is now aiming to start selling its AirPower wireless charging mat before or in September.
Apple has reportedly hit “technical hurdles” developing AirPower, thanks to the complexity of the circuitry involved and engineers having to ensure the mat doesn’t overheat. Apple is creating AirPower so it can charge three devices at the same time: a modern iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods (thanks to a special case).
Bloomberg reports that engineers have been working on fixing firmware-related bugs, as Apple is using custom chips and attempting to allow consumers to place devices anywhere on the mat.
While Apple has clearly hit delays with AirPower, other companies are trying to take advantage of this gap in the market.
An Indiegogo campaign to crowdsource Plux, an AirPower lookalike, has raised £595,000 so far, demonstrating the demand for such an accessory.
Uh oh. Where’s your smartphone? Maybe it’s lost.
Maybe it’s been stolen. Either way, you need to find it. Don’t worry, you can do this a couple ways.
Apple’s Find My iPhone app can run from an iPad, Apple Watch, or Mac. Google provides an app and website called Find My Device through which you can seek out your mobile device. And if you believe your phone may have been stolen or don’t want it falling into the wrong hands, you can remotely erase the information on it so no one else can access it.
Whether you have an iPhone or Android phone, here’s how to locate your missing device.
Yesterday Google started rolling out the ability to text from the web with Android Messages. The feature gives users a lot more flexibility in choosing how and where they can carry on conversations. As long as your Android smartphone is powered on, you can text from a desktop computer or even other mobile devices — including iOS products like an iPad if you just open up Safari.
Aside from text, you can also send emoji, stickers, and images over the web.
Using Android Messages on the web requires using Android Messages as your main texting app on your phone. I like it just fine, and Google is clearly planning big things for the future, but if you prefer, say, Samsung’s default messages app or something else, the two don’t work together.
With that out of the way, getting started and setting things up is fairly simple.
- Make sure you’ve got the latest version of Android Messages installed on your phone.
- Go to messages.android.com on the computer or other device you want to text from. You’ll see a big QR code on the right side of this page.
- Open up Android Messages on your smartphone.
Tap the icon with three vertical dots at the top and to the far right. You should see a “Messages for web” option inside this menu. If you don’t, just give it some time.
Google is rolling out the feature gradually to everyone over the next week.
- Tap “Scan QR code” and point your phone’s camera at the QR code on your other device. In less than a second, your phone will vibrate and the two will be linked up. You should notice your conversations show up in the left column of the browser window.
Google says that “conversation threads, contacts, and other settings will be encrypted and cached on your browser.”Note: this doesn’t mean your actual text conversations are encrypted. They’re not.
And that’s it. To make sure you don’t have to repeat the QR process, you can keep your computer paired with your phone by enabling “Remember this computer.” That’s in the settings menu, which you can access from the web version of Android Messages by clicking on the three-dot icon to the right of “Messages.” You shouldn’t turn this on if you’re using a public PC that other people can easily access.
Which browsers work with Android Messages on the web?
- Microsoft Edge
Lol I just sent a text from my Android phone using Safari on my iPad turns out the web is neat.
— Dieter Bohn (@backlon) June 19, 2018
You can remove a computer’s access to your messages from your Android phone.
If you want to revoke a web browser’s access to your conversations and messaging, you can quickly do so from your Android smartphone.
Go back to the “Messages for web” area of Android Messages and you can choose to sign out of individual computers or all of them with a click.
There’s a dark mode!
Android Messages doesn’t have a dark theme on mobile, but Google has created one for the web, where all the app’s whites and light grays might overload your eyeballs at night. You’ll find “Enable dark theme” in settings (on the web) right above the “Remember this computer” option mentioned earlier.
Keep your phone powered on.
Android Messages on the web can’t work independently of your smartphone. So if your battery dies or if your phone shuts off for any reason, you won’t be able to send any texts from your computer.
Drag media into the Android Messages conversation to attach and send.
Sending a photo from Android Messages on the web is dead simple.
You can either use the attachments icon — to the right of emoji and stickers — or just drag and drop media into the conversation window to send an MMS.