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Google might try to block fast charging systems that don't comply to USB Type C standard

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Google might try to block fast charging systems that don't comply to USB Type C standard
While fast charging on smartphones and tablets is a very welcome feature indeed, it has led to its own specific fragmentation due to the variety of fast charging standards employed, such as Qualcomm Quick Charge, Oppo VOOC, and Media PumpExpress, to name the more prominent ones. Many phones equipped with them require special standardized chargers in order to let users benefit from fast charging. But it's usually only the high-end models that bundle a fast charging-ready charger in the box, leaving some users to a confusing search for the correct third-party fast charger for their phone.

Thus, Google wants to back a universal fast charging solution, presumably the same one it uses for the Pixel phones' USB Type-C standard chargers, and is doing so by encouraging (while subtly threatening an outright ban on third-party solutions) device makers to not adopt fast charging technologies that modify operating voltages beyond standard measure. The text is found inside the latest Android Compatibility Definition document for Android Nougat. In the future, Google could require all USB Type-C devices to support full compatibility with standard USB Type-C chargers, which may or may not render third-party solutions non-viable.

Mind you, this doesn't mean that Android suddenly won't support any form of fast charging. Rather, Google wants to get rid of device-specific chargers and possibly prevent accidents such as exploding (overloaded) batteries. Although smartphone batteries very rarely explode, different fast charging solutions are known for pushing li-ion batteries to their limits, and are therefore not as safe as "standard" chargers.

source: Android Compatibility Definition (PDF)

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posted on 09 Nov 2016, 18:44 1

2. iLovesarcasm (Posts: 586; Member since: 20 Oct 2014)

USB type C is still on experimental stage, don't worry it will be perfect after 2 years.

posted on 09 Nov 2016, 23:24 3

9. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4752; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

It's not experimental, the standard is set. The problem is manufacturers aren't following the spec, or are trying to modify it to give them some advantage over their competition.

Once you modify a standard, it's no longer a standard. Imagine if that happened in the electrical industry.

posted on 09 Nov 2016, 18:44 5

3. SYSTEM_LORD (Posts: 1008; Member since: 05 Oct 2015)

OnePlus' solution seems to work just fine. No heat, low risk of explosion.

posted on 09 Nov 2016, 23:22 6

8. Tyrion_Lannister (unregistered)

That's because Oneplus uses pretty much the same solution as what google backs. Less voltage, more current.

posted on 09 Nov 2016, 19:49 2

4. NarutoKage14 (Posts: 854; Member since: 31 Aug 2016)

This is actually a good idea. Official Android should support only one fast charge solution with devices and chargers being backwards compatible. Google needs to push for more standards on official Android devices.

posted on 09 Nov 2016, 21:45 2

6. joey_sfb (Posts: 6541; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

Glad Google is supporting open standards, simplify things while also makes it affordable.

posted on 09 Nov 2016, 23:15 4

7. aznhachi (Posts: 211; Member since: 12 Apr 2016)

there's too many fast-charging solutions right now
Qualcomm quickcharge, Mediatek pump express, oneplus dash charge, oppo vooc, huawei supercharge et cetera

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