European lawmakers are in the process of discussing measures to essentially enforce a standardized USB-C charger for all smartphones sold in the region.
Despite slowly becoming the de facto standard for most Android smartphones, the EU wants manufacturers to adopt the same standard across the industry. Discussions have been initiated on a series of “binding measures” that would mean that, regardless of the OEM or the price, USB-C will be used (via ZDNet)
This follows some voluntary measures implemented by MEPs in 2014. However, the Radio Equipment Directive has not “yielded the desired results”. European lawmakers want to apply stricter measures in an attempt to reduce electronic waste. It is estimated that old loaders represent 51,000 tons of electronic waste per year.
USB-C is now ubiquitous throughout the industry, but there are still many affordable smartphones that have been left with micro-USB, the recent Nokia 2.1 and 2.2 being excellent examples. This is usually a cost reduction measure, since the license for the charging standard is slightly lower. However, it does mean that loading speeds and data transfer rates are lower.
While this does not affect any of the flagship Android smartphones, it will be more beneficial for those who choose affordable smartphones and those with iPhones. Despite adopting USB-C in its incredibly popular iPad Pro line and the recent MacBook Pro series, Apple still sends its flagship smartphone line with the obsolete Lightning connector. There are rumors that Apple is ready to introduce iPhones compatible with USB-C in 2021, but this would shake the entire space, although we could see Apple devices without a port in the future.
Having a cable standard that works with every smartphone in a home is probably a great advantage for those in homes with multiple devices. In addition, this war in the ports means that borrowing a cable from a friend or co-worker could eventually be that A little easier. The death of micro-USB in smartphones, tablets and more cannot come soon enough.
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