It seems like Google is planning a ‘Made for Google’ certification program for third-party accessories. Sources told 9to5Google that such a program may be announced soon. Details about the program are not yet known, but it should be pretty similar to Apple’s MFi (Made for i) accessory program. This lets third party accessory manufacturers promote their products with Apple’s certification logos.
It is possible that Google will make the announcement tomorrow during the launch of its second generation of Pixel devices. Besides two new smartphones, the company is expected to unveil the Google Home Mini Speaker, PixelBook and Google Daydream View 2 VR Headset. The new Made for Google certification would most likely be for the accessories of these products and possibly some older devices.
Such a step should ensure more safety when using third party accessories like charging cables. Last year, the USB Implementers Forum USB-IF announced a way to protect devices from faulty USB Type-C cables via the ‘USB Type-C Authentication Specification’, which are a set of software rules. When a device is connected via a USB Type-C port, the host device will be able to determine if the connected accessory is compatible or not, or if it has been certified by the USB-IF. The ‘Made for Google’ certification should also help with issues such as what happened with OnePlus’ USB Type-C charger back in 2015. The issue was that the cable and adapter were designed for a maximum of 2 amps of power, but the resistor will allow fast-charging devices to try to draw more power than a power source may allow. This could potentially result in damage to the power source if the device and power source did not have an internal mechanism to self-regulate the amount of power flowing to or from them.