IEC Finalizes MicroUSB Charging Spec for Phones
The International Electrotechnical Commission has finalized specification IEC 62684, which sets the technical details of how chargers are to be made for mobile phones. The spec mandates the use of microUSB ports for charging purposes, and sets the power requirements that manufacturers should adhere to for interoperability across brands and handsets. Fourteen different handset makers collaborated with the IEC to help finalize the spec, including Apple, Nokia, Research in Motion, Emblaze Mobile, Huawei Technologies, LGE, Motorola Mobility, NEC, Qualcomm, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, TCT Mobile (Alcatel), Texas Instruments and Atmel. The IEC believes that the specification will lead to saved resources across the board, as handset makers won't have to ship chargers with each and every device, and won't have to make multiple different chargers for their different devices. The IEC also believes the spec will help lower the cost of chargers to consumers, as well as help reduce CO2 omissions. Some manufacturers, such as Nokia, have already chosen microUSB as their standard charging port.
Powermat to Upgrade Starbucks Charging Mats to Support iPhone X
Powermat, which has deployed PMA-compliant wireless chargers at thousands of Starbucks locations around the U.S., plans to update its charging pads to support the iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone 8 from Apple. At the moment, there are two competing wireless charging standards, PMA and Qi.
NFC Forum Adopts New Spec for Payments, Public Transit
The NFC Forum today said it has ratified and adopted a new specification that will ensure compatibility between a wider range of devices. The NFC Analog Technical Specification Version 2.0 targets the analog portions of the RF interface in NFC devices.
Oppo Talks Up Sensor-Based Image Stabilization
Oppo today debuted two new technologies at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, one that promises higher-quality pictures and another that delivers faster-charging batteries. Oppo says it has created the first image stabilization system for phones at the sensor level.
Qi Wireless Charging Standard Improved with Faster Charging
The Wireless Power Consortium today updated the specification behind its Qi wireless charging standard. The latest Qi spec makes a major leap forward in terms of the power it can deliver to devices wirelessly.
NFC Forum Makes Latest Specs Available to Developers
The NFC Forum today made three adopted specifications and one candidate specification available to developers and hardware manufacturers. The three finalized specs were ratified by the NFC Forum in October and ensure compatibility between a wider range of devices.
Apple?. . .
And I am kinda curious as to why HTC isn't on the list.
I do love the standardization of microusb, I can use any microusb charger from any manufacterer.
i guess htc is not there because their already complying?
(im also wondering how they'll be able to do it..cause microUSB i think is againt their design ...