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Google: We’ll use USB Type-C for future Android phones

It’s the hot new plug format!

It debuted on Apple’s new MacBook, then the second-generation Chromebook Pixel a couple of days later. Where next for USB Type-C? Android phones, that’s where.

Google has revealed that Android smartphones are in line to adopt the new socket standard, along with more Chromebooks.

In a YouTube video posted by Google, the Chrome team bigged up USB Type-C to the max, saying it offered a triple whammy of power (it can carry 100W of it), high-speed data transfer and the ability to output 4K video – all in a connector around the size of micro-USB.

"USB Type-C delivers more power than most devices need today," says Google’s Andrew Bowers. "So it’s going to support many things into the future." Starting with Chromebooks and Android phones, it seems.

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Tech journalism's answer to The Littlest Hobo, I've written for a host of titles and lived in three different countries in my 15 years-plus as a freelancer. But I've always come back home to Stuff eventually, where I specialise in writing about cameras, streaming services and being tragically addicted to Destiny.

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