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Google urges type-C devices be interoperable
December 26, 2016, 12:59 pm
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With nearly all new flagship devices touting USB-C ports, fast-charging could soon become a de-facto standard for battery chargers. Google is now ‘strongly’ recommending that vendors of all type-C devices should support full interoperability with standard type-C chargers.

While Google has embraced its own version on its new Pixel devices, the company is not so keen on letting everyone implement their own version. In newly released Android Compatibility Definition papers issued for its latest Android operating system Nougat, the company stops short of an outright ban on technologies like Qualcomm’s Quick Charge, though it does take a pretty clear stand, “strongly recommending” against it.

At issue, among other things here, are potential compatibility issues with standard USB chargers. Google wants everyone to play nicely together, which is part of the appeal behind USB-C standardization in the first place. In fact, the document goes so far as explaining that it might make it a requirement in some future update.

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