By Todd Bernhard on Thu, 08/13/2015
Apple may be one of the first vendors to popularize USB-C with the newest MacBook, but as expected, the new port is finding its way into Android phones. Engadget reports that a Chinese manufacturer, ZUK (backed by Lenovo), has announced an Android smartphone dubbed the Z1 that offers one distinct advantage: Instead of the frustrating microUSB port, this phone has a USB-C port at the bottom. It looks and works a lot like the Lightning port on an iPhone. Users can plug in the phone in either direction, so they don't have to worry about guessing which way to plug the cable in, especially at night. Dock manufacturers don't have to worry about which way a phone maker might have designed the port. Many of my Android and Windows phones don't even have the microUSB port on the bottom, so there's no way to dock it in portrait orientation.