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EU To Work On Single Mobile Charging Port This Year

 |  February 15, 2022

EU lawmakers and member states could clinch a deal on a common charging port for mobile phones, tablets and headphonesby the end of the year, a key lawmaker said on Tuesday, reported Reuters.

The European Commission first broached a single mobile charging port more than a decade ago but last year proposed draft legislation in a world first, after companies failed to agree on a common solution.

IPhone and Android users have long complained about having to use different chargers for their phones. The former is charged from a Lightning cable while Android-based devices are powered using USB-C connectors.

Half the chargers sold with mobile phones in 2018 had a USB micro-B connector, while 29% had a USB-C connector and 21% a Lightning connector, according to a 2019 Commission study.

Lawmaker Alex Agius Saliba, who is leading the issue at the European Parliament, said he hopes the legislative assembly will be able to vote on his proposal in May, allowing him to then start talks with EU countries on a final draft.

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