Google Aims To Do Away with Fast-Charging Android Phones

Tech giant Google is aiming to ensure no one is using so-called "fast-charging" technology on Android devices, according to the latest version of the Android Compatibility Definition for Android Nougat. That means that Google doesn't want original equipment manufacturers producing mobile devices that ship with the Android operating system to offer fast-charging technology.

That would include a wide array of charging standards currently on the market, including Qualcomm Quick Charge, OnePlus Dash Charge, Motorola Turbo Charging, and Huawei SuperCharge. While Google has stopped short of outright prohibiting manufacturers from supporting proprietary charging standards, the compatibility document nonetheless sends a strong message about the company's position on the issue.

Strongly Recommended, but May Be Required

The recommendation applies to devices that charge themselves using a USB-C (or Type C) connection. ?EU?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,?EU? Google said in the compatibility document.

However, the company has left open the possibility that it might outright prohibit support of proprietary charging technologies on Android devices in the future. ?EU?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,?EU? according to Google.

Instead of using proprietary systems, Google wants manufacturers to agree to use the USB Power Delivery technology as a single industry standard for USB-C charging. One of the big issues for Google is the question of interoperability. Different charging technologies can require the use of different chargers, meaning not every USB-C charger would necessarily work on every Android phone. And using the wrong charger could potentially damage the phone.

Multiple Voltage Levels

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