The State of Quick Charging in the Android Ecosystem


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Dec 9, 2008
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Hey Jerry.

I would love to get your thoughts on the current state of quick charging in the Android ecosystem, and where you see it going in the future. Do you think Qualcomm is going to keep trying to compete down the road with USB Power Delivery as a standard? If so, how do you think they will interoperate? Is one better positioned than the other?

I have a Google Pixel right now, and I'm not really sure which external battery to get in order to get the fastest charging. I know buying a straight-up Quick Charge™ power brick won't necessarily mean that it charges any faster than a regular USB port...

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

Jerry Hildenbrand

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Oct 11, 2009
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Quick Charge will do nothing for your Pixel. You will only get faster charging through the USB power delivery standard, so QC or any charger with a "Tablet" charge port isn't going to make a difference.

An easy way to tell if an external battery will quick charge your Pixel is how the battery charges. Any that charge on the same USB C port you can connect a phone to will be what you need.

There are plenty that work, here are two I have and know work:

As for the state of quick charging, I wish Qualcomm and Samsung and motorola and LG and everyone else that uses Quick Charge had stuck with micro USB. That solves the problem entirely. The way they wire the USB C port can get messy with other things that plug in. We've already seen a pair of headphones that won't work on any of the Qualcomm Quick Charge phones as well as a pair of headphones that won't work on the Pixel or any other phone with a standard USB C port.

It can only get worse :p