India would like to order manufacturers of wearable devices, such as wireless earbuds, to use a universal charging platform
Mobile devices like smartphones and tablets would be forced to use a USB Type-C charger while another type of universal charging system would be ordered for wearable electronic devices. That would include smartwatches, fitness trackers, and wireless earbuds. Consumer Affairs Secretary Rohit Kumar Singh told the Press Trust of India, “At the last meeting, a broad consensus had emerged among stakeholders on the adoption of USB Type C as a charging port for smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc.”
Forcing Apple to convert to USB-C in India might not be anywhere as difficult as coming up with a standard charging platform to cover all wearable devices. Trying to come up with a universal charging system for smartwatches, wireless earbuds, and other wearable devices is going to require long talks with manufacturers. As a result, India is probably still a few years away from passing legislation that requires all wearable devices in the country to use the same charger.
The outlook is much clearer in India for smartphones, tablets, and laptops especially since Android owns a commanding 71% market share in the country. Indian consumers are familiar with USB-C and we wouldn’t be surprised to see the country pass a law requiring USB-C charging for all mobile devices before it turns to regulating wearable devices.