Originally Posted by Jingo
Respect! Just shows how poor the reporting of this has been - I haven't seen this key fact stated ANYWHERE
Naah. That would require bloggers and reporters to actually work instead of cutting and pasting press releases and other reporter's texts.
I was actually expecting someone in the community to have done the 10 minutes of Googling and reading of the spec that it took to find out the facts. But I guess I also fall into that latter category myself. But isn't it surprising how many posts it takes for someone to actually go and look for the facts? I propably wouldn't have if the discussion hadn't been so long and started to repeat itself.
So here it (+ some other stuff) is in a nutshell:
The phone vendors and their Open Mobile Terminal Platform initiative has defined a Universal Charging Solution (UCS), which requires:
a) Micro-USB connector on the phone
b) USB-A connector on the charger
c) Up to 900mA of current (as per USB 3.0 spec)
d) Full USB 2.0 compliance
e) The vendors have pledged to be compliant by Jan 1st 2012
f) EU has endorsed it and will become an EU norm
g) Endorsed by the US CTIA (does that help the acceptance on this forum at all?)
h) If the vendors hadn't done it themselves, the EU would have created such a standard and enforced it
i) EU is looking for similar standards for ALL portable devices, including laptops, but the scope and timetable is still open.