March 17, 2014
Europe backs call for universal smartphone charger. Hurra!
The maddening scramble to find the right charger for your smartphone could be coming to an end - by 2016. The BBC reports.
European politicians have backed a regulation that will force smartphone makers to use just one type of charger.
On Thursday MEPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of the regulation, which will see a common charger used for smartphones by 2017.
The regulation is still only a draft law and must be approved by Europe's council of ministers. However, that body has already given its informal backing to the law, suggesting it will win final approval.
European member states will have until 2016 to translate the regulation into national laws and manufacturers will then have 12 months to switch to the new design. The process of getting manufacturers to agree on a common design began in 2009.
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