Europe is bringing out a common charger for mobile phones that are computer-compatible.
After a nudge from the European Commission last year, a host of companies have come up with a charger to fit all brands.
A sample of the standardised device aimed at improving consumer convenience was presented to the EU Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship Antonio Tajani, in Brussels.
Technical standards drawn up in December were a prerequisite for the manufacturers to design and test for interoperability.
The common charger expected to come on the market this year is meant for data-enabled mobile phones, which means those which can be plugged into a computer, for instance to exchange files, pictures and music.