Why are Cell Phones Migrating to USB-C

 

usb_type-c_image_option_aMicro-USB, Lightning, USB-B, too many names, too many cables. Micro-USB has slowly started to monopolize the Android charging scene while Lightning cables became a standard with the iPhone 5 release. Often, people would need multiple cables to charge different devices, Micro USB for the power bank, Lightning for the phone, and several more. USB-C is slowly making its way into the mainstream and will surely replace mini-USB, micro-USB, and the rectangular USB-A port you see on laptops and desktops.

Since the trend in the market is leaning towards USB-C, here are the benefits you will get when you migrate:

  • Faster Charging

It boasts power and speed and how it can transfer data faster and charge your devices faster. Micro USB is not capable of delivering power like the USB-C, this new USB port can deliver a charger that will charge the tablet like Google’s Pixel C. The USB-C has a lot of power. It has a 15W power capability, which is significantly more than a Quick Charge 3.0-enabled USB-A power adapter. It can deliver up to 100Watts of power or 20V and 5A. It is at least 1.5x faster than what is usually found in other USB ports.

With such a large amount of energy passing through the port, you would have to wonder if it will explode in your hands as you plug in the USB-C cable. Manufacturers are still keeping their eyes on safety, which is why there are still some precautions in place so as not to overload your batteries and devices.

There is a limit to how much charge a device can handle and manufacturers have put in place ways which stop charging when the battery is fully charged. The concern is not about any surges or the amount of power coursing through the cable. Instead, the concern is whether the device will heat up. Most cell phone and battery explosions are caused by the heat getting in touch with the battery.

It will not charge your devices in minutes, but it will surely be a noticeable fast charge. The old USB A is compatible with USB 3.0, whereas this new cable will be compatible with USB 3.1 and will soon be able to transfer anything you want in a snap. The best features may not be available now, but it has already started to get into the scene and will be available eventually.

  • Faster Data Transfer

The USB 3.0 standard can transfer at up to 5Gbps (gigabits per second). On the other hand, the USB-C is compatible with the USB 3.1 standard. This means that it can transfer at up to 10Gbps or double that of the USB 3.0. However, the USB 3.1 is backward compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0, which means that if the other device is running at a slower speed, then that would be the transfer speed for the connection.

Still, a native USB 3.1 connection (or USB-C to USB-C) would mean a fast 10Gbps data transfer.

  • Universal

USB was supposed to mean “universal serial bus,” referring to the many ways it can be used. It can not only be used to transfer data from one machine to another, but it can also be used to power up other devices. From its lowly and slow beginnings, the USB port has become universal in its use. However, the USB cable and port itself became fragmented due to different requirements. This has led to different terminators and port shapes.

The USB-C was created to address this issue. It is small, monogamous and can be used upside down. It is monogamous because it can only be inserted into another USB-C port. Once it is accepted by all manufacturers, then the USB can become truly universal.

We have seen the beginning of the new generation of gadgets that have been released with a USB C and eventually, this cable will soon be the standard and at some point, people would want to update. It is now used in the most recent shipment of devices where you have at least two options for ports, USB-C on both ends and one with a USB-A on one end.

This ensures that you still get to use your old cables while making the device still useful even when the availability of the USB-A totally shrinks. Companies like Google, Apple, LG and HTC have adopted to this new trend and have made it available on several devices like MacBook, AppleTV, Google Chromebook Pixel, Pixel C, Lumia 950, OnePlus 2 and several more. It has more power and performance, which allows it to work with a wide variety of devices eliminating the need to have multiple cables to charge all your devices and accessories.

  • Easy to plug

Not only will it be compatible with many devices including Apple, but it will also be very easy to plug since the tips are reversible and you will no longer have that problem in multiple attempts to plug a USB-A, the days of cursing and lashing out will soon end. The shape of the cable is the same from top to bottom and end to end, not matter which way you hold the cable, you won’t plug it in the wrong way ever. It is flat, flexible and powerful and will support multiple protocols like USB power, HDMI, and even VGA connections.

Once most of the gadgets have changed their cable choice, you are well prepared to face all the new features and advantages that the USB-C will have in the future. If you already have a USB-C gadget, you may not see a lot of difference now with the other cables, but you are in the best seat to see what it has in store

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