EU Has Voted to Agree on a Single Universal Mobile Charger

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The EU has voted to update radio equipment laws to push for a common charger for all mobile phones to simplify consumers’ use and reduce unnecessary waste and costs. However, we don’t know which charger will be picked as the universal standard。

Most of the phone makers, including BlackBerry, use MicroUSB as the standard charger, except for Apple, which uses the lightning charger. In 2009, the EU tried to make MicroUSB as a universal standard, so we have a reason to believe MicroUSB will be the selected standard this time around.

Let’s take a step back and think. What metrics will be used in evaluating the standard? Market share? Technology specifications? Will the fixed universal standard result in less room for charger port innovation? Will it result in more room for wireless charging innovation?

What do you think?

via European Parliament

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