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.
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.
Lumia 950 is Microsoft's Flagship Windows 10 Phone
Microsoft today announced the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, its own flagship phones for its new OS, Windows 10. The phones support Windows Continuum for an optional full Windows Desktop experience when connected to a desktop monitor.
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.
Amazon to Ban Sale of Non-Compliant USB-C Cables
In order to protect consumers, Amazon said it will no longer sell USB Type-C cables that don't conform to the published spec. Specifically, Amazon stated that its retailer partners are not allowed to list "any USB-C cable or adapter product that is not compliant with standard specifications issued by 'USB Implementers Forum'." The USB-IF is the standards body that created and manages the USB-C spec.