Support for USB Type-C on Android could be about to receive a major boost as speculation emerges that the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 will use the connector. Although there are already a few Android devices which offer a USB-C port, backing from a giant such as Samsung would likely mean that other manufacturers would feel compelled to support the format too.
At the present time, Samsung is still some way from finalising the design and specs of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. But whilst the rumour should be considered along with a healthy dose of scepticism, the potential significance of such a move means that it is well worth exploring further.
Although USB Type-C 3.1 offers a number of advantages over previous standards, the Samsung Galaxy S6, LG G4, HTC One M9 and Sony Xperia Z3+ all included the older micro USB v2.0 socket. In fact, in this area the Samsung Galaxy S6 was a step backwards compared to its predecessor, with the Samsung Galaxy S5 at least having a micro USB v3.0 port.
Should Samsung – the world’s largest Android manufacturer – decide to implement USB-C on one of its most important products of 2015, other companies will be more likely to adopt the port as well.
Benefits of USB Type-C
As mentioned above, USB-C 3.1 offers a number of distinct advantages over older standards. The first of these that users are likely to notice is that it is simply easier to use – unlike a micro USB connector, there is no need to worry about which way up it is inserted.
As USB-C connectors support the USB 3.1 standard, they are capable of delivering significantly more power and transferring data much faster (it is worth noting that USB 3.1 can be implemented with older USB connectors too).
USB 3.1 can achieve a data transfer rate of 10 Gbps, which is over twice as fast as USB 3.0.
Power delivery is also more impressive with USB 3.1, as the standard is capable of providing up to 100 watts. This compares very favourably with the 2.5 watts offered by USB 2.0, meaning that the newer standard can charge devices that are much more power hungry.