X-bit Labs reports the European Standardisation Bodies CEN-CENELEC and ETSI have finalized their unified phone charger specification. The new standard uses a micro-USB connector and is expected to become predominant in the market by 2012.
As a result, world leading mobile phone producers committed themselves to ensure compatibility of smartphones, expected to be predominant in the market within two years, on the basis of the micro-USB connector. The agreement was established in June 2009 and signed by Apple, Emblaze Mobile, Huawei Technologies, LG Electronics, Motorola Mobility, NEC, Nokia, Qualcomm, Research In Motion (RIM), Samsung, Sony Ericsson, TCT Mobile (Alcate), Texas Instruments and Atmel.
"I am very happy that the European Standardisation Bodies have met our request to develop within a short space of time the technical standards necessary for a common mobile phone charger based on the work done by industry. Now it is time for industry to show its commitment to sell mobile phones for the new charger. The common charger will make life easier for consumers, reduce waste and benefit businesses. It is a true win-win situation,” said Antonio Tajani, a vice president of the European Commission responding for industry and entrepreneurship.