What do you want to know
- The USB-C charging solution is apparently on its way to becoming standardized in India.
- At an interdepartmental meeting, industry players reportedly agreed to adopt the USB-C standard.
- Samsung and Apple were reportedly present, all supporting the plan.
India appears to be following Europe’s lead in standardizing USB-C as a universal charging solution for all devices, according to multiple reports, suggesting the standard may expand to the country in the future.
Reuters (opens in a new tab) reports that the nation’s electronics industry players have agreed to adopt USB-C as the standard charging method for smartphones, laptops and tablets. However, the standard will be implemented in stages, so it may take some time before USB-C becomes the universal charging standard in India.
The deal was reached during a government task force meeting with various groups representing tech players in India. These include Apple and Samsung, with the latter already using USB-C ports on many of its Android phones. PC vendors such as HP, Dell and Lenovo were also reportedly present at the meeting.
For Apple, the adoption of USB-C is expected to have a significant impact on its smartphone and tablet lines, which currently use its proprietary Lightning port. Additionally, Lightning accessories make up a portion of the tech giant’s revenue, and removing this solution from its products could hurt the business in the long run.
However, the iPhone maker has expressed no opposition to the plan, according to The Economic Times. (opens in a new tab). This is hardly surprising given that Apple’s senior vice president of marketing, Greg Joswiak, previously confirmed plans to switch to USB-C for future iPhone models pursuant to an order from Apple. EU.
In June, the European Parliament introduced a law that would require device manufacturers to include support for USB-C cables in their products. The policy was approved last month and businesses must comply by autumn 2024. According to parliament, the aim is to reduce spending on e-waste in the region.
In addition to smartphones, laptops and Bluetooth devices will also have to come with USB-C ports in the future. The Indian government plans to form a group that will examine the viability of standardizing USB-C charging ports for headphones and smartwatches.
Given India’s large share of the smartphone market, the imminent standardization of USB-C in the country may persuade other countries to follow suit.