It's 2018 and USB Type-C is still a mess - Android Authority


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Even the seemingly most basic function of USB Type-C — powering devices — has become a mess of compatibility issues, conflicting proprietary standards, and a general lack of consumer information to guide purchasing decisions. The problem is that the features supported by different devices aren’t clear, yet the defining principle of the USB Type-C standard makes consumers think everything should just work.
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9 weeks ago by bezthomas
USB Type-C was billed as the one-stop solution for all our future cable needs, but cable compatibility and a growing feature set have made the standard overly complex and unwieldy.
9 weeks ago by kyounger
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9 weeks ago by sbmandal
USB Type-C has become a mess of compatibility issues, conflicting proprietary standards, and lacks sufficient consumer information to guide purchasing decisions
9 weeks ago by joeo10
It's 2018 and USB Type-C is still a mess - Android Authority
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9 weeks ago by gpessia
Robert Triggs:
<p>USB Type-C was billed as the solution for all our future cable needs, unifying power and data delivery with display and audio connectivity, and ushering in an age of the one-size-fits-all cable. Unfortunately for those already invested in the USB Type-C ecosystem, which is anyone who has bought a flagship phone in the past couple of years, the standard has probably failed to live up to the promises.

Even the seemingly most basic function of USB Type-C — powering devices — has <a href="https://www.androidauthority.com/bad-usb-cable-671023/ ">become a mess of compatibility issues</a>, conflicting proprietary standards, and a general lack of consumer information to guide purchasing decisions. The problem is that the features supported by different devices aren’t clear, yet the defining principle of the USB Type-C standard makes consumers think everything should just work.

The charging example clearly demonstrates a very common frustration with the standard as it currently stands. Moving phones between different chargers, even of the same current and voltage ratings, often won’t produce the same charging speeds. Furthermore, picking a third party USB Type-C cable to replace the typically too short included cable can result in losing fast charging capabilities.

I have three different phone chargers from LG, Huawei, and Samsung. Points for guessing how many of them can fast charge a phone from a different brand. It’s a simple question with a complicated answer.</p>

Something involving plugging a cable into a charger shouldn't have a complicated answer. I begin to wonder how USB-C is going to get out of this mess. (Thanks Papanic for the link.)
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9 weeks ago by charlesarthur