Smartphone technology is being updated constantly. Manufacturers keep making lighter, faster and sleeker models.
One of the latest trends is phone makers eliminating traditional USB ports. They are being replaced with USB Type-C ports. This move has led to Google giving a stern warning to third-party quick-charging battery technology makers.
What is a USB-C port exactly?
That's a good question because it's not quite the same as the USB connections on your current devices. The USB-C ports are smaller and, more importantly, reversible.
Good news! This means it can't be plugged in upside down. No matter which way you plug in your USB-C cable, it will fit into the port smoothly.
But, that's far from all USB-C offers. It's also a major technological upgrade from the USB-Bs. That's because the single USB-C port can be used to charge your gadgets and transfer data.
It's really fast, too. USB-C can transfer data at up to 10 Gbps!
Now, Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 used USB-C fast charging ports.
Be careful buying third-party chargers
On the heels of Samsung's issues, Google is rightfully concerned about potential compatibility problems with third-party USB chargers. Google voiced its concerns through a recently released Android Compatibility Definition document.
Here's the techno-speak. The document states, "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. 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."
Having standardized chargers would help eliminate batteries that overheat.
So when you are purchasing a charger for a USB-C port, be careful. Only purchase from manufacturers whose name you recognize. There are a lot of Chinese knock-offs that may not comply with our standards. Frankly, this is good advice no matter what kind of charger you are buying.
You can always Google the name of the charger with the word review. This usually results in know-how that you might have otherwise not seen.