A standard charger to work on any smartphone from any manufacturer at the same speed – that would be ideal, wouldn’t it? The new USB standard type C fulfills this very function, with its Power Delivery. But then Qualcomm’s expensive Quick Charge or proprietary solutions like Samsung’s adaptive Fast Charger or Huawei’s SuperCharge or OnePlus’ Dash Charge shouldn’t gain so much traction, right?
Have you ever tried to charge a Huawei smartphone with a Samsung charger? Or an LG with a Honor charger? Sometimes the devices get very hot during charging and often, the whole charging process can take several hours. The USB Implementers Forum (IF) pushes for improvement in this field and with its Power Delivery system, it offers a license-free standard unit for fast charging under strict regulations. Even Apple wants to ship the next iPhone with a Power Delivery-compatible Lightning port, according to analysts. With 34 seats in the USB IF, we know that Apple has significant stakes with the standard.
For Android, it’s simply a matter of time before Google pulls the plug. Currently, the Compatibility Definition for Android 7.1 states that Power Delivery is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED . The next step might see that recommendation turn into a REQUIREMENT. The same applies to the use of certain proprietary charging standards. The text states:
“While this is called out as “STRONGLY RECOMMENDED”, in future Android versions we might REQUIRE all type-C devices to support full interoperability with standard type-C chargers.”
Basically, if you don’t improve, you’ll lose access to the Play Store.
What will Google do about this? Proprietary charging standards will most likely reach their sell-by date. This is particularly good in terms of environmental protection, as hopefully this move would eradicate low-end environmentally-unfriendly chargers.
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