Wednesday, October 27, 2021

USB-C promises a ‘future without wires’

Written by By Linda Christian, CNN

Some of the world’s biggest mobile phone manufacturers are being urged to switch to USB-C technology in an effort to reduce gadget charges.

Several European countries, including France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Britain, will announce on Monday that they will require all mobile phone companies to use the standard power port when selling or leasing devices, according to documents seen by Reuters.

The EU nations want mobile companies to embed the technology in all products sold in the 27-nation bloc by 2020. Britain began banning the use of physical connectors last year.

While the standard works on the fast charging and data transfers of the USB-C, users have to physically switch to a USB-C socket to charge a phone. It is faster and requires less power, but takes more effort to do.

Some companies, including Apple, Samsung and HTC, have resisted going with USB-C.

The EU paper argues the faster charging that comes with the standard is not worth the inconvenience for customers. It also claims USB-C cable compatibility is also not completely up to scratch, and customers should be able to buy a cable that can be used with a variety of devices.

The EU document said the research showed that “a single USB-C cable requires almost twice as much effort to deploy and charge a new smartphone.”

The EU paper has been sent to the European Commission, which is currently considering whether to toughen up its standardization requirements. It is not clear if it will end up recommending that any new products for sale in Europe be sold with the new connectors.

Companies in the United States, Korea and other parts of Asia — not including China — have already adopted USB-C standards, while nearly every smartphone sold in Europe uses the old connection.

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