June 24, 2022

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Android phones and iPhones to use the same charging cable? Europe votes in favor

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Charging cables

Many old Android devices make use of the micro-USB cable. Newer Android phones today now use the USB Type-C cable. It is gradually replacing the older micro-USB cables. However, iPhones still use Apple’s Lightning Cable.

If you are switching from an Android device to an iPhone – or vice versa – you will need a new charging cable. It appears, however, that things are about to change.

Imagine a world where you do not need to get a new charging cable because your old cable is not compatible with your new device. Europe has shown that it is ready to make this standard come to life.

The European Parliament has voted 582-40 in favor of a resolution urging Lawmakers to set a standard for charging cables. According to the resolution:

“Continuing fragmentation of the market for chargers for mobile phones and other small and medium-sized electronic devices translates into an increase in e-waste and consumer frustration.”

Even though this resolution is not a law yet, this is a good start in that direction. The 582-40 vote already shows that the idea is well-accepted in Europe. For it to become a law, the European Commission would have to draft a law and vote on it in July.

However, Apple has its reservations concerning the resolution. The company said in a statement published in the Financial Times:

“We believe regulation that forces conformity across the type of connector built into all smartphone stifles innovation rather than encouraging it, and would harm consumers in Europe and the economy as a whole. We hope the Commission will continue to seek a solution that does not restrict the industry’s ability to innovate and bring exciting new technology to customers.”

Author: Vincent AbolarinVincent is an Electrical Engineer and smartphone enthusiast. Anything about smartphones, count him in!

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