If you've been watching the European Union at all over the past two years or so, you may have noticed way back in December 2010 when CENELEC (the European Committee for Elecrotechnical Standardization) and ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) both declared their intentions for Micro USB to be standardized charging connector for mobile devices sold in the bounds of the EU. By and large most manufacturers have abided by that, though they've more gone for Micro USB out of convenience's sake. Save on consistent and obvious hold-out: Apple and their 30-pin connector.
No sooner did we ask you if Apple should ditch the dock, than Apple Insider reports that the mobile phone and smartphone industries are beginning to come together on a universal charging solution, and that solution is micro-USB.
So far, early signees for the 2012 initiative include AT&T, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Orange, Qualcomm, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, T-Mobile, and Vodafone. Several iPhone carriers there, but not the single iPhone creator, Apple.