Side-agnostic USB Type C connector coming soon to Android phones and tablets, hints Google

USB Type C is awesome - twice faster than USB 3.0, side-agnostic, and with the whopping 100W and 5A output, it is the future, and Android phones will apparently get those goods pretty soon, mentioned none other than Google itself in the promo video below. 

Upon presenting the new all-powerful Chromebook Pixel yesterday, what with the Core i5/i7 processor and the rather appalling 32 GB/64 GB storage for the $999 starting price, Google mentioned its commitment to the USB Type C port, of which the new Chromebook has two. 

That commitment won't stay with laptops like the new Apple MacBook or the Google Chromebook Pixel, it seems, but will also translate to Android handsets. The Android-with-type-C quip can be heard towards the end of Google's promo video, where Adam Rodriguez, Chromebook's Product Manager, says "expect to see this in a lot of Chromebooks and Android phones in the near future." Moreover, Google mentions in the new laptop writeup that "the Pixel is one of the first devices to debut the USB Type-C charger, to power not only the laptop, but future phones and tablets." Sweet.

We haven't heard any rumors about upcoming flagships from Samsung, Sony, LG or the rest, that say these will be coming with USB Type C, but this year's Nexus phone(s) edition might sport the fast, compact and side-agnostic connector. Hear, hear.

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32 Comments

1. Industriality

Posts: 131; Member since: Sep 08, 2014

Best news in ages.

2. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Its not really news .. since the anouncment of Type-C that is known it would come to phones and tablets..

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5730; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yea, this was inevitable for Android and Windows devices The more interesting question is are Apple also going to switch USB 3.1 Type-C for their iOS devices?

8. KyleRiemen

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

No they won't. Apple makes a lot of money with licensing their connectors for peripherals. This is the main reason they went with the lightning connector instead of microUSB $$$.

9. AlikMalix unregistered

If that's true why does the new MacBook already has it... but I do like the lightning cable though...

15. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Well, look like Apple speaker and dock manufacturers must quickly dump their existing lighting connector accessory before its actually become official. Isn't it wonderful to be able to buy new speaker dock every other year. Such joy!

26. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Because it would be suicide to sell a computer without USB-ports for any peripherals. As you may notice it is not used for charging.

3. AlikMalix unregistered

Already here, announced on the new MacBook...

4. vincelongman

Posts: 5730; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

*Nokia N1

7. AlikMalix unregistered

... or that ^ Hey, is it for sale already, I want to see how the connector compares to the lightning cable. There's this solid feeling when lightning clicks in, plus no dirt or lint can be trapped, nor can you accidentally bend the outer metal like you can on regular USB or mini USB.. (some of the things I like about the lightning).. At least the USB-c is reversable, but the benefit of that one is more power delivered: 5amps I think... the iPad charger only goes up to 2amp and iPhone 1amp... I was hoping that Apple opened the licence to lightning instead of the world pushing for type-c but this is a great new design... hopefully we fully move to that connector quickly specifically mobile devices... Unfortunatly many will be left using old cables or adapters as the world is floded with USB and mini USB... we'll see.

18. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

The process for manufacturing the Type C USB male tip is with extrusion, a cold process for steel, which also makes it harder and stronger... so yes, it will survive probably better than the Lightning tip. Hopefully Apple moves fully to Type C as well and the world will be a happier, more standard place...

20. vincelongman

Posts: 5730; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yea, the iPad charger is 10W (5V*2A) and the iPhone charger is 5W (5V*1A) USB 3.1 can be up to 100W But phone/tablets won't use 100W because it would cause too much heat I believe currently the max phone/tablets can handle 21W/36W (if they have Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0)

25. AlikMalix unregistered

Thanks Vince, very informative. I guess I can rest easy that my lightning isn't going away anytime soon.

28. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

If you are lying restless worrying about the future of lightning I don't know what to tell yo besides seek psychiatric help. You should pray for Apple adopting a standard like USB 3.1 Type C.

32. AlikMalix unregistered

I really like the solidness of lightning connector... sorry to ruin your day, buddy. "rest easy" was a figure of speech - dont take things literally (or are you just bashing an Apple user for being an Apple user - than you should "seek psychiatric help"... Seriously, why do people bash on others for enjoying something they dont? I dont care if you hate everything Apple, but why attack me?

12. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2279; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I like how Apple made it look like they've invented it.

16. gustavoace

Posts: 187; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

they did the same with intel's thunderbolt

6. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I wonder if the Z4 will already use this.

19. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I really hope so, because I already see the lack of Magnetic Port as a big disappointment.... even if they implement Qi charging... I currently use the Magnetic port with adapters for charging AND while using the phone on my hand (with Qi this would not be possible), and my car stereo has the Magnetic Port (XSP-N1BT) and support 1.5AMP of power, and the port forces the phone to rotate its screen even on Home Screen, which is great for in-car use. Type C would really means a step forward... But either way I don't think I will ditch my Z3C at least in the next 2 years

11. TheGunnyPT

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

Hopefully by the time the Note 5, comes out this is gonna become a industry standard for 2015. Really interested to see how fast OEMS will adopt it

34. AlikMalix unregistered

The picture of the article above is the new MacBook with USB-c. I hear Nokia N1 Tablet already shipping with it. So, I think adoption will be fast..

13. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Nokia N1 using it is already on sale.

14. Chuck007

Posts: 1411; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

10 bucks say the new Nexus phone is going to be the first phone with it.

17. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Nice move.. however, the Lightning connector is far superior from a durability and design standpoint. Nothing beats having a solid, thick, reversible connector. Having that tiny, thin PCB that must be inserted into the USB connector is definitely a weak point - wish they would do a lightning type connector.

21. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

You should see how the manufacturing process for USB Type C plug really is... In fact the oval shape + the cold extrusion process makes it a stronger than the Lightning connector... The flat design of the Lightning connector is actually more prone to bending than Type C

23. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Looking at Lightning next to a USB 3.1 c connector, I am wondering what makes you think they are that different? it in terms of thickness and such they are almost practically identical? So what do you base this on?

29. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Well, this crushes lightning in every other aspect possible and others that lightning isn't even close to doing, so I guess we'll survive.

24. NopeNein

Posts: 147; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

I heard that The Type-C Is Backward Compatible, Anybody can explain how? is it black magic stuff?

31. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

There are magical, cursed items out in the world called adapters...

36. NopeNein

Posts: 147; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

Oh, Adapters. May God Smite Them Into the depths of Hell. then again... Even Satan might not even want it.

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