Going nuts over all those power-plug-hogging (and non-sharable) AC adaptors for all your cell phone(s) electronic gizmos? You're not alone.
The European Union — specifically, the European Commission, in the form of Vice-President in charge of Enterprise and Industry G√ºnter Verheugen (the gent above with a fistful of wall warts), want cell phone makers to agree on a standard micro-USB input configuration for recharging their handsets.
"In the European Union market alone, there are about 185 million new
mobile phones a year," Verheugen said. "We're talking about a very
short life cycle. Worse than that, if you've got different phones, it's
always a problem of making sure you've got the right charger."
So far, 10 companies (Apple, LG, Motorola, NEC, Nokia, Qualcomm, Research in Motion, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, and Texas Instruments) have signed the voluntary "Memorandum of Understanding." Although the agreement currently applies only to EU countries, it is hoped that phonemakers worldwide jump on the "one size fits all" bandwagon.
[Via Ars Technica]