Google's new Pixel 5 should have reverse wireless charging feature

Android 11 teases Battery Share feature on Google's new Pixel 5 smartphones.

Anthony Garreffa
Published Wed, Feb 19 2020 10:29 PM CST   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

We've now hearing more and more about Google's new Pixel 5 smartphones, and thanks to the first Android 11 Developer Preview for Pixel devices, we might see the new Pixel 5 handsets featuring reverse wireless charging functionality.

Google's new Pixel 5 should have reverse wireless charging feature |

Google released the very first Android 11 Developer Preview for Pixel devices, something that doesn't work on the original first-gen Pixel smartphones, where XDA Developers noticed in the Android 11 system dump for the Pixel 4 that Google talks about a new "Battery Share" feature.

This suggests Google is cooking up a new Battery Share function directly into Android 11, and thus for the next-gen Pixel 5 and Pixel 5 XL smartphones. Google's Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 4, and Pixel 4 XL all support Qi wireless charging -- but none of them support reverse charging at all.

Samsung has been pushing the feature on its Galaxy smartphones, and it's something I've used a couple of times between my Galaxy Note 10+ and Galaxy Fold smartphones -- so I can see it being a big feature for Google to push with its new Pixel 5 smartphones later this year.

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Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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