Google is planning a crackdown on all Android OEMs as far as the implementation of USB Type-C fast charging technology is concerned.
In 2016, it is hard to come across a flagship smartphone that doesn’t support fast charging technology. This has been growing in stature due to the fact that smartphone buyers want to have large capacity batteries that promise longer battery life, yet they don’t want to sit for long hours waiting for these hefty batteries to fully charge.
With the changing connectivity technology from microUSB to USB Type-C, it seems many OEMs have yet to get things right as far as fast charging technology is concerned. According to Google, even Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology hasn’t found the right way of delivering fast-charging services to devices.
The new rules are part of the new Android Compatibility Definition Document (CCD) – a document that targets all proprietary ways of playing around with voltages so as to achieve fast charging on phones. What Google is looking for is to ensure that Android OEMs do not end up using technology that will hinder the Power Delivery services for USB Type-C as detailed out by the USB-IF (USB Implementers Forum).
We have already seen a number of smartphones come in with Quick Charge 3.0 technology from Qualcomm. Samsung has its own Adaptive Fast Charging, Huawei has SuperCharge and the likes of OnePlus talk of Dash Charge. These are the technologies that could be in trouble if Google moves on with its idea of banning non-standard fast charging technology.
According to Google, USB Type-C devices are advised not to support any proprietary charging methods that tweak the voltage beyond what is offered by default as this may lead to interoperability issues when speaking of devices or chargers that support standard USB Power Delivery methods. As a result, the tech giant might decide to limit the use of these methods by mandating all Android devices using USB-C ports to come with full support for interoperability with standard USB-C chargers.