EU lawmakers recently agreed upon draft regulation which will require that all smartphone and tablet manufacturers use standard micro-USB chargers for any device they intend to sell in Europe. The move, which has been in the pipeline for some years, is designed with both convenience for device users and environmental concerns in mind.
Though many manufacturers have already moved to using this standard (with one notable exception: Apple), this European legislation would require all member states to write this into their national law by 2016 and will give manufacturers until 2017 to transition all new devices to this common standard. Although the law would only apply to EU member states, it is likely that this will have global significance since manufacturers will want to streamline the charging adapters they produce.
Some may argue that this requirement may hinder future development and innovation in charging ports, however, others will argue that this is a logical step.
Edited by Casey_boy, 16 March 2014 - 01:33 PM.