AndroidBeat Daily Brief (Sep 22, 2017): Xiaomi Joins WPC, Moto G5s Plus Comes to the U.S.

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Welcome to today’s edition of AndroidBeat daily brief. Being a Friday, today was a relatively slow news day with not much happening in terms of device launches and leaks.

Xiaomi Joins WPC

With Apple now jumping on the Qi wireless charging bandwagon, other companies have now also started doing the same as well. Joining the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) is now Xiaomi which likely means we will see the company include Qi wireless charging on its smartphones from next year.

For the unknown, WPC is a multinational technology consortium formed in December 2008 with the aim of promoting Qi charging.


Moto G5s Plus Pre-Orders Now Live in the U.S.

The Moto G5s Plus featuring a dual-camera setup at the rear and slightly improved build quality over the original Moto G5 Plus is now available for pre-order in the U.S. for $230. The handset had already been launched in India and other Asian countries almost a month ago.


Google Store Trade-in Program Is Now Live

Ahead of the official unveiling of the second-generation Pixel handsets on October 4, Google has made its trade-in program live on the U.S. Google Store. The program allows users to trade-in their existing Android device, with the trade-in credit being used for purchases on Google Store.  Sadly, Google’s trade-in offers are extremely low, with the company offering $345 for a Galaxy S8+ and even lower for other flagship Android devices and iPhones.

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So, that’s about it for this edition of our daily brief. Are you happy that Qi wireless charging is finally going to become commonplace in flagship smartphones?

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