Communication and ports of mobile devices

There is not a day when we do not get to see all those heads absorbed into their mobile devices. It is due to the portable nature with everything you need to communicate with each other and personal entertainment. Things would not have been the same if mobile devices did not have any way to connect. The following sections are full of connections and technologies mobile devices use to keep the data flowing to the massive Internet and with each other.

Micro-USB/ Mini-USB

We are all familiar with the USB which stands for Universal Serial Bus to exchange data. If you have an android from the time before 2017, chances are you are highly likely to be using a micro or mini-USB port, to charge, and connect your other devices like desktops or laptops, syncing between devices. Micro-USB or Mini-USB, both connectors were the standard o most of the Android devices that were out there. But you could find a device using proprietary connectors. For instance, multiple device manufacturers use Google OS, some manufacturers maintain the proprietary connector.

Lightning connector

iPhone 5 Apple brought into the market their then most recent proprietary connector, the Lightning connector. The lightning connector replaced the old 30-pin dock connector Apple used before on iPhones and iPads. A lightning connector is an 8-pin connector. One of the best things about a lightning connector is, that you do not have to worry about the right orientation, meaning you do not have to worry about the indication, which helps you to connect to the port properly. And what difference does it make? The proprietary nature of this cable means it is more expensive than the usual USB found on the market. This is then licensed to other manufacturers with the made-for-iPhone (MFi) program. One of the cool things about the proprietary Apple products is, that nobody can fake them or completely replicate them. For instance, this lightning connector has a chip in it that identifies itself as an authentic product. The cable without this chip, either won’t work or will have a limited lifespan.

USB Type-C

This is the latest version of the USB connector which has been becoming the common standard port for modern Android devices. This is an effective approach to eradicate the need for distinguishing the right port for your device rather, use the kind of port that is supported across your devices. This way you do not have to buy separate cables for a separate device, but rather one cable that can be used across your devices.

Even Apple adopted the USB type-C due to its compatible nature that supports a wide range of peripherals out there. Apple used this connector for their latest iPads. Just like the lightning connector we spoke about earlier, USB Type-C possesses the same nature of not worrying about the orientation. It can support the USB 3.1 technology with a super fast data transfer rate that goes up to 10 Gbps. Still, not that, Type-C is not synonymous with a specific version of USB out there but some devices using the Type-C connector are using it with USB 2.0.