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Google warns OEMs against using third-party fast charging tech for USB-C devices

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Who doesn’t want fast charging devices? Hunting after charging ports is something that plagues everyone in this time and age when we depend upon our smartphones for everything from travel to food to news. While many new innovations such as USB-C, are taking place in the field of speeding up the charging process, Google has warned OEMs against implementing their own, disparate versions of technologies in the chargers.

While you may wonder at Google’s role in this equation, it should be borne in mind that a large number of devices in the world run the Android platform — and it is to them that Google has issued its recommendations. USB-C charging facilities are quickly becoming a norm amongst manufacturers — particularly when it comes to flagship devices. Indeed, Google’s own Pixel devices deploy them.

However, what Google has an issue with, is the fact that every manufacturer is tweaking and twisting the technology to suit their own needs and the uniformity across them is disappearing. In more practical terms, the smartphone of brand X may not get charged as quickly using the charger of device Y — even though they are both Androids and use USB-C. Or in the most extreme cases, using different chargers may even end up damaging your device.

Well, Google doesn’t like it and it appears to go against the tech behemoth’s concept of one big, happy android family — as well as practical perspectives. So as far as things like Qualcomm’s quick charge are concerned — well, Google has strongly recommended manufacturers against straying from the standard USB-C technology.

In its Android Compatibility Definition for Nougat, Google said,

Type-C devices are STRONGLY RECOMMENDED to not support proprietary charging methods that modify Vbus voltage beyond default levels, or alter sink/source roles as such may result in interoperability issues with the chargers or devices that support the standard USB Power Delivery methods.

The company also hinted that it will not shy from forcing manufacturers to comply with its demands in the future.

While this is called out as “STRONGLY RECOMMENDED”, in future Android versions we might REQUIRE all type-C devices to support full interoperability with standard type-C chargers.

So basically, Google wants a standard system in place for charging. Meanwhile, considering its exalted position as the progenitor of Android, OEMs are quite likely to listen to what it has to say — seriously. Whether or not they actually sit down to hammer our a common standard though, is something only time will tell.

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