A new reversible USB cable that is slimmer and simpler to use will be ready for devices this fall which means Nexus 6 or Galaxy Note 4 buyers may be able to say goodbye to figuring out which side of a charger is up.
This new USB cable will end the awkward and frustrating practice of trying to plug your Android charging cable in, flipping it over, flipping it over again, and looking close to finally line up the annoying Micro USB connector just right. The new USB Type C can also help manufacturers like Samsung, LG, HTC and even Apple build thinner gadgets without cutting down on ports.
The new USB cable is reversible, as shown in the renderings below from The Verge. This means you can plug either end into the computer, but it also means you don’t need to play with the direction of the cable either. The small end will now fit into a smartphone charging port without the need to try multiple angles and flip the cable over.
While this sounds like a very small deal, anyone that routinely charges smartphones on a nightstand will know the pain of trying to plug in an Android smartphone to charge in the dark while half asleep. Apple solved this problem with a proprietary Lightning cable in 2012, but Android users still know this frustration on a daily basis. Wireless charging is an alternative, but it is not a common feature and consumers are not always willing to pay $50 for a charging pad.
The new USB cable will be available for companies to include in products as soon as July, which means the first Android smartphone or tablet could come to market with a slimmer, simpler USB cable by the end of the year. As we look at the top rumored smartphones for 2014 the Galaxy Note 4 and Nexus 6 are the most likely candidates for a USB Type C connection.
Samsung was the first to announce a USB 3.0 connection on the Galaxy Note 3, and it is now coming on the Galaxy S5. While the company did not slim down the Galaxy S5, a new connector would help enable slimmer designs and ease consumer frustrations. With this in mind the Galaxy Note 4 could be a prime candidate to bring this new connection to consumers.
The Nexus 6 is rumored for a late fall release, which should offer time to build this type of technology into the phone. The Nexus experience is typically focused on a software showcase, but Google could lead the charge for this new connector on Android phones.
In addition to the smartphone benefits, this new connection will also allow for USB connections on slim notebooks, as shown in the graphic above. This could help Apple deliver a new MacBook Air that is thinner and play a role in improved Windows tablets and notebooks.