Following various charging incidents, Google is trying to encourage a universal USB Type-C safer charging as it strongly advises the makers using its Android software to follow the CDD.
The CDD or the Compatibility Definition Document is a set of guidelines and necessary compliances that should be followed by a device maker so as to ensure their product compatibility with the Android platform.
With the new release of the Android 7 Google, the platform’s parent company. Is trying to enforce and ensure that the guidelines specified by the CDD are being followed, especially the charging standards.
After reports surfaced of various Android devices denoting charging overheating or other incompatibility problems, the battery and charging practices were brought to public’s attention by the already infamous Samsung Galaxy Note 7 line of products.
The recent problems have gone to show that neither device nor chipset manufacturers the likes of Qualcomm or Samsung are following the specifications regarding USB-C voltage values or pin guidelines.
As the charging current vary in between 1 to 3A or even more, a charger used for a device could be not only incompatible but also harmful for another.
The difference in chargers may also cause user confusion as replacing one could either mean the search for a compatible third-party product or an expensive company product.
Google has updated its CDD guidelines so as to ensure a safer charging method for its Android 7 devices by classifying the indications set by the guidelines as “Strongly Recommended”.
However, the Internet giant also announced and warned the targeted parties that the classification could change to “Mandatory” if the safer charging methods are not followed.
Google is also trying to push forward the introduction of a single, standard USB-C charger that should work across the ever-increasing Android class of devices.
With USB Type-C marking a rise and turning into the standard Android charging port as new products already come with a USB-C slot, Google is trying to boost the need of a single, standard USB-C.
The current Type-C products are strongly advised to forgo the use of charging devices which modify and surpass the accepted voltage levels.
They should also not allow proprietary charging techniques which sink or alter the source roles as they may lead to incompatibility and interoperability issues and problems on the devices that follow the standard USB Power methods.
Google announced that future Android software may require full interoperability between the Type-C device and a standard Type-C charger.
They also went to point out that future Android-powered devices may not be able to accept third-party chargers as the CDD seems to suggest that they will prefer and support the safer charging standard USB-C.
If Google will continue to pursue its current plans, third-party charger producers will have to collaborate and follow Google’s CDD guidelines if they want to ensure a safer charging and a certified device.
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