China's Ministry of Information Industry has published a new industry standard called "Mobile Communications Handset Charger and Interface Technology Requirements and Testing Methods" in order to help tackle the situation caused by a lack of unified standard in the market.
Based on the principle of promoting practicality and being favorable to mobile phones' individualized designs, the new standard sets the interface in one side of the charger by referring to the specifications for Universal Serial Bus (USB).
MII estimates that Chinese users change over 100 million mobile phones each year. As different mobile phones use different chargers, large quantities of chargers are left useless after their respective mobile phones are replaced, which is a great waste of resources.
No mobile phone manufacturer has publicly remarked about how they plan to work with these new standards.