USB 3.0 to Reach Smartphones, Tablets By Year's End
MicroUSB ports with support for the USB 3.0 spec will be added to smartphones and tablets by the end of 2012, said Rahman Ismail, chief technology officer of the USB Implementers Forum. Speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Rahman said USB 3.0 will allow for faster charging and faster data transfer to mobile devices, though it won't support the same high speeds available to laptops with USB 3.0. Rahman estimated data speeds will be about 100Mbps second on mobile devices. Smartphones and tablets equipped with microUSB 3.0 ports will be backward compatible with previous USB versions. No smartphone or tablet manufacturers have yet committed to adding USB 3.0 to their devices.
Hands On with the New USB Plug
There's a new USB connector coming that will replace both the micro-USB connector on phones, and the full-size USB connector. It's reversible like Apple's Lightning connector, and it can handle lots of electricity plus very fast data transfers.
Panasonic Gives Your Phone an Upgrade on Your Next Flight
Panasonic's latest seatback systems for planes are more phone-oriented than ever, providing a dedicated spot for your phone, Qi wireless charging, USB 3.0 SuperSpeed for charging and media, and even an HDMI input. The multiple USB ports can not only charge your phone but also let you access your videos, photos, and music on the seat's 13-inch full-HD touch screen, which is actually based on an Android tablet.
Powermat Shows Universal Fast Charging Ring
Powermat this week showed off an early version of its forthcoming universal fast wireless charging ring for public Powermat charging stations, at locations such as Starbucks. Current charging rings come in two separate versions: Lightning for iPhones, and micro-USB for all other phones.
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.
The Galaxy S7 Has Micro-USB for Gear VR
When Samsung's Galaxy S7 and S7 edge were announced this week, many people wondered why the phones have a micro-USB port instead of the newer USB Type-C connector. The competing LG G5 and a growing number of phones at all price points this year include Type-C.