CTIA Endorses MicroUSB Phone Charger Standard
Following the GSMA's push for a universal charger for cell phones, the CTIA trade association in the U.S. has also endorsed microUSB as a standard charger. The Universal Charging Solution, as it is called, was developed by the Open Mobile Terminal Platform industry standards group. It hopes that all new phones will use Energy Star rated chargers that have a microUSB plug no later than January 2012. The CTIA expects the new chargers to drop energy consumption by 50%.
Review: SnapPower Charger
The SnapPower Charger is an alternate faceplate that quickly and easily adds USB power to most any wall outlet. Here is Phonescoop's quick take.
WattUp Distance Wireless Charging Coming To Major-Brand Phone
Energous has revealed that a "tier 1" consumer electronics company has agreed to implement WattUp wireless charging technology in a number of consumer products, including a phone. WattUp is an RF-based wireless charging technology that can be implemented in a number of ways, including transmitters that can send power wirelessly up to 15 feet, using a large array of antennas and beam-forming technology to send focused energy in the 5.8 GHz radio band.
GM Hedges Bets In Wireless Charging
Upcoming Cadillacs and other GM vehicles will include dual-standard wireless chargers from Visteon. The charging pads will support phones with either the Qi (WPC) or Powermat (PMA) standard.
USB-IF to Certify Chargers
The USB Implementers Forum today announced that it will certify USB chargers for use with smartphones, tablets, PCs, and other compatible gear. The organization has created a new logo that will be stamped on compliant chargers.
SanDisk Shows Off New USB Drive for Android Phones
SanDisk today announced the SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive 3.0, a flash drive that features a standard USB connector for computers and a microUSB connector for mobile devices. Android device owners can connect the drive directly to the USB port of their phone and transfer content from the phone to the drive or vice versa.
30 Pin connectors will be the standard, eventually.
No need to buy propreitary phone chargers then....