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The Samsung Galaxy S7 will have a 3,600 mAh battery as per an FCC listing

Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7

An FCC listing has shed light on one of the most crucial aspects of the upcoming #Samsung #GalaxyS7 flagship – the battery. As per the listing, the smartphone will be packing a 3,600 mAh battery underneath, which should be a significant upgrade compared to the predecessor. This goes well with a previous report which mentioned that the handset would offer 17 hours of continuous video playback on full brightness.

The smartphone is expected to be unveiled on the 21st of February, so we’re closing in on the release with each passing day. As is the case with every Samsung flagship release, there will be very little mystery left for the announcement itself as we’ve already received plenty of pointers on what to expect from the device.

The Galaxy S7 is all set to be a showstopper when it is shown off at the MWC this month. However, fellow South Korean OEM, LG is expected to be launching its G5 flagship on the same day, so it will be interesting to see which one comes out on top. But the buzz and hype is clearly in favor of Samsung at the moment.

Source: FCC

Via: Fone Arena

T-Mobile will pay $17.5 million in fines to the FCC over 911 outage complaints from last year

T-Mobile

T-Mobile

Users of the T-Mobile network faced severe outages while making 911 calls on August 8, 2014. This was formally investigated by the FCC who have now concluded that the carrier will have to pay $17.5 million in fines for not notifying the authorities about the downtime during the specified time.

FCC has also blamed the carrier’s shoddy network architecture which could have played a part in the outage. T-Mobile has agreed to pay the fines and has also promised to make the necessary changes on its network to make sure that such instances don’t repeat in the future.

In the event of an outage, carriers are supposed to send a word out to the call centers informing them of the issue. Doing this helps them gain ground quickly and resolve the issue without possibly putting the lives of the customers in jeopardy as 911 is an emergency helpline and not being able to access it can lead to potentially life threatening situations.

Here’s what the FCC had to say – “In its investigation, the Enforcement Bureau found that T-Mobile did not provide timely notification of the August 8, 2014, outages to all affected 911 call centers, as required by FCC rules. The investigation also found that the outages would have been avoided if T-Mobile had implemented appropriate safeguards in its 911 network architecture.”

Source: FCC

Via: Android Central

Multiple upcoming Motorola smartphones revealed by the FCC

Motorola

Motorola is expected to reveal a handful of devices this year, and we’re now getting a very good idea of what to expect thanks to a detailed FCC listing, which has revealed two separate variants of the 3rd gen Moto G, along with the Motorola “Kinzie” which could be the next DROID flagship on Verizon.

However, this listing also reveals the Kinzie in multiple variants, suggesting that this could well be the 2015 Moto X. The handset carries support for network frequencies from Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint, so it’s very likely that this is a universal device.

The second device in the listing seems to be carrying bands compatible with Verizon, although it seems to be a midrange offering going by the dimensions provided in the listing. It appears to be too big for something like a Moto G, so it’s possible that this is in fact a midrange Droid mini sort of a device meant for Verizon.

There’s another identical but slightly smaller handset that is headed for Sprint, which could very likely be the new Moto G as it is shown to be packing very identical physical dimensions as the 2014 model. Several devices have been revealed by the FCC and only Motorola could tell us anything with certainty, so we suggest you don’t jump to conclusions just yet.

Source: FCC – (1)(2)(3)

Via: Droid Life

AT&T fined $100 million for throttling data speeds

AT&T Logo

AT&T Logo

AT&T’s tussle with the FCC doesn’t seem to be coming to an end as the carrier has been slapped a fine of $100 million over allegations of data throttling for users on its unlimited plans.

It is said that users have complained about not having consistent data speeds with the throttling taking place for an average of 12 days per billing cycle/month. This is said to have affected about 3.5 million users on the carrier.

Speaking on the matter, Chairman of the FCC, Tom Wheeler said – “Consumers deserve to get what they pay for. Broadband providers must be upfront and transparent about the services they provide. The FCC will not stand idly by while consumers are deceived by misleading marketing materials and insufficient disclosure.”

AT&T on the other hand isn’t going down without a fight. It has mentioned that it will fight these allegations and seek suitable recourse over the coming weeks. Data throttling is not new in the industry and it’s good to see that the FCC is willing to do something about it.

Are you an AT&T customer and have you experienced data throttling? Sound off below.

Source: FCC

Via: Business Insider

FCC orders Sprint and Verizon to collectively pay $158 million for bogus text charges

Verizon Logo

Verizon Logo

The FCC has ordered Verizon and Sprint to pay $90 million and $68 million in fines respectively over allegations of charging customers for bogus text messages sent by third party services. T-Mobile and AT&T were previously fined over similar violations although they have mentioned that the changes were put in place well before the FCC ruling.

Of the $158 million that the two carriers will have to pay, $120 million will go back to consumers while the remaining amount will be deposited in the United States Treasury and the state government.

In addition to these fines, the carriers will also have to be more specific and take prior permission from the FCC if they want to allow charging for third party text messages. The carrier will also have to put a system in place where users can opt out of this entirely so that they’re not charged without their knowledge.

This ruling will be welcomed by the customers and will go a long way in keeping the carriers in check with regards to over-billing their customers.

Source: FCC

Via: The Washington Post

Sony Xperia Z4 gets FCC certification

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Xperia Z4

The Sony Xperia Z4 has been rumored to launch soon. It seems like the day is nearing now as the smartphone has made its way to the FCC for certification. Without giving much of the details, the handset here is revealed to be packing a myriad of LTE bands, which should make it ideal for use on global 4G LTE networks.

Of course, the listing doesn’t specify that this is indeed the Xperia Z4, but we’re bound to believe that it is since Sony has no other flagship device in the pipeline for the foreseeable future. Previous reports had indicated that Sony might not launch the flagship until September when the IFA event is scheduled to take place.

Xperia Z4 FCC

However, the spotting of the device on an FCC listing suggests otherwise. Sony will have some heavy competition when it announces its new flagship this year as the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge are all set to take the markets by storm. Not to mention the LG G4 which is scheduled for an April 28 unveiling.

Source: FCC

Via: Phone Arena

Sprint slapped $105 million fine by the FCC

Sprint

Sprint

It seems like Sprint’s bad time in the mobile industry won’t be coming to an end anytime soon. The carrier has just been imposed a massive penalty of $105 million by the FCC for billing customers towards services like text messages, horoscopes and ringtones.

Interestingly, AT&T was found guilty of something similar back in October and had to pay the same amount in fines. If this penalty is approved, all the customers who have complained against Sprint’s malpractice will be reimbursed the damages. This still requires a vote to go through, although it is said that three out of the five votes are already in favor of the fines.

Considering the sort of time it’s having in the mobile industry, it is being said that Sprint is lobbying to cut down the fines to some extent. It will be interesting to see if the FCC will respond positively to Sprint’s request. Over 35,000 Sprint customers had complained about the carrier overcharging them, so this should come as good news if you’re one of those customers.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Via: Talk Android

Motorola Nexus 6 hits the FCC for certification

Google Nexus 6

Google Nexus 6

It’s all but confirmed that the upcoming Nexus smartphone will be made by Motorola. Providing further clarification on this is a new listing on FCC’s official page, which makes a clear mention of the Motorola and Google flagship. However, due to a confidentiality clause, the listing doesn’t really mention a whole lot apart from the fact that it will support bands from AT&T and T-Mobile in the U.S. Strangely, there’s no mention of Verizon’s CDMA bands, so it will be interesting to see how the smartphone will be supported by the carrier.

The Nexus 6 is all but a secret at this point with a multitude of leaks telling us everything we needed to know about the handset. The smartphone is expected to be packing a 5.9 inch Quad HD display, a 13-megapixel camera with OIS, 3GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 805 chipset, a refined version of Android L (Android 5.0) and a mammoth 3,300 mAh battery. It could be shown off sometime later this month, possibly during Halloween. Google announced the Nexus 5 quietly during Halloween last year, so there’s no reason why the trend shouldn’t continue this year.

Source: FCC

Via: Engadget

Archos Android-Powered Laptop Spotted At The FCC

It looks like Archos may be releasing an Android-powered laptop in the US market soon as an FCC listing shows such a device for inspection. Showing up over at the FCC website is a device called the Archos 101 Droid Book which isn’t a surprise since the company recently applied for a trademark on the “DroidBook”.

Archos Android Laptop

The FCC report is as follows

  • Applicant: Archos SA
  • Address of Applicant: 12 Rue Ampere 91430 Igny, France
  • Equipment Under Test (EUT)
  • Product Name: ARCHOS 101 Droid Book
  • Model No.: AC101DB
  • FCC ID: SOVAC101DB
  • Applicable standards: FCC CFR Title 47 Part 15 Subpart C Section 15.247:2013
  • Date of sample receipt: April 14, 2014
  • Date of Test: April 14-May 26, 2014
  • Date of report issued: May 26, 2014
  • Test Result : PASS

Very little detail is provided on the FCC filing and even the photo included only shows the bottom back portion of the device. This is because the company requested for confidentiality over the filing. “Since this design is a basis from which future technological products will evolve, ARCHOS SA considers this information to be of benefit to its competitors, and that the disclosure of information in these documents would give competitors an unfair advantage in the market.”

What we are wondering is if this Droid Book is the same product as the Archos ArcBook as what is listed in the company website, This device is also a laptop with a 10.1-inch display that also runs on the Android platform. The listed specs of this device are as follows.

arcbook

  • Storage: 8GB Flash memory
  • Operating System: Android 4.2, Jelly Bean
  • CPU/GPU: RK3168 Dual-Core ARM Cortex  A9 @ 1.2 GHz
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Display: 10.1” capacitive multitouch screen, 1024 x 600 resolution
  • Interfaces: USB host 2.0 to connect external devices, • Audio Jack 3.5mm , Micro SD slot
  • Miscellaneous:  Front camera, Single touch mouse pad with single button click, Complete keyboard with android function keys, 2 built-in speakers, Microphone
  • Power source: Internal Lithium Polymer battery 8000 mAh, 5V/2A Power Adapter
  • Dimensions & weight: 271.5 mm x 180.5 mm x 22 mm, 1.28 kg
  • Computer interface: 2 x Micro USB 2.0 interface

The ArcBook may not have inspiring specs having only a dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal memory however it is being sold at a low price of only $170. This device comes with a touchscreen display and a non-removable physical keyboard. There’s also the full version of OfficeSuite Pro 6 pre-installed which should help in the mobile productivity front.

If the Archos 101 Droid Book is the same device as Archos ArcBook which has just been rebranded for the US market then it pretty much has decent specs. If it will be sold at a low price then it will become an interesting alternative to the Chromebook or to Windows laptops.

One advantage that an Android laptop will have is its access to the Google Play Store which has millions of apps waiting to be downloaded. The sheer number of choices means that a user will mostt likely find an app for any given situation.

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LG G Pro 2 Lite for Verizon makes its way to the FCC

LG G Pro 2

A new FCC listing has revealed the existence of the LG G Pro 2 Lite with support for Verizon’s network bands, hinting at an imminent release. As the name probably indicates, the smartphone will be a midrange offering with a similar appearance as the bigger G Pro 2 phablet, but packing a slightly under powered hardware.

We’re guessing the phablet will be targeted towards LG’s key markets including the U.S. carrying an aggressive price tag. The device will also reportedly make its way to AT&T and Sprint in the U.S. so it seems like Verizon won’t have exclusivity on the G Pro 2 Lite.

The listing has managed to reveal that the smartphone will come with a 5.7 inch 720p display, making it slightly smaller than the LG G Pro 2. Other specs include a 1.2 GHz quad core Snapdragon 400 SoC, a 13-megapixel camera on the back, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot, Android 4.4.2 KitKat and a 3,200 mAh battery.

LG G Pro 2 Lite

There’s no ETA for the arrival yet, but we expect LG to make the device official at next week’s event where the LG G3 is going to be announced. The carriers should spill details on availability shortly after that.

Source: MyLGPhones

Via: Unwired View

Sprint fined $7.5 million by the FCC for Do-Not-Call violations

Sprint Logo

Sprint Logo

America’s third largest carrier, Sprint has landed into new trouble as the FCC has fined them $7.5 million for Do-Not-Call related violations. Customers have reportedly been getting calls from telemarketers and other ad groups despite opting to be put on the Do-Not-Call list, which is why Sprint has been pulled up by the FCC.

It is said that the fine levied on Sprint is the biggest ever for such a violation, so it seems like Sprint hasn’t been adhering to the regulations for quite a while. They have been asked to name a new Senior Manager to ensure that rules aren’t violated henceforth. The carrier is also expected to start a training program to make sure that customer requests are honored and such mistakes do not occur again.

If the carrier makes any violations in the future, they will have to be reported to the FCC. The authorities are expecting a report from Sprint on this within 90 days, followed by yearly reports for the next couple of years. It’s clear that Sprint is in the wrong here as the fine imposed on the carrier is substantially bigger than what’s usually associated with such violations.

Source: FCC

Via: Phone Scoop

OnePlus One Gets FCC Approval

One of the highly anticipated Android devices to be released this year is the OnePlus One. Who wouldn’t be interested in getting a device that comes with high end specifications and a price starting at only $299? Several select markets around the world will be getting this device and now that it has successfully passed the tests conducted by the FCC it will soon become available in the US market.

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While most of us already know the specs of the OnePlus One what’s probably new information is the fact that it comes with a microSD support of up to 32GB. This was never mentioned before however in the user manual submitted to the FCC it is clearly indicated. On page 24 of the manual an entry states “Micro SD card extension support: The maximum Micro SD card memory supported by this device is 32G, allowing great promotion of storage. To prevent harm to your device, please use an authentic SD card.” This device underwent a teardown process from the guys over at IT168 and the device didn’t have a microSD card slot. This could be an error in the part of the user manual or there’s going to be a variant released which supports microSD.

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The OnePlus One device that passed through the FCC comes with support for LTE bands 4 and 17. This means that it can take advantage of the LTE network of AT&T and T-Mobile. Consumers interested in getting this device won’t be able to do so from the carriers though as OnePlus will be handling the sales directly and will be selling the device unlocked. This device won’t even be sold the traditional way. Those interested in getting it may do so by having an invite first which can be acquired from those who already own the device or by entering the company sponsored contests and promotions.

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Technical Specifications

  • Display: 5.5 inch JDI LTPS IPS with TOL, 1080p Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 401 PPI, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Protection
  • Operating System: CyanogenMod 11S based on Android 4.4
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 2.5GHz Quad-core CPUs
  • GPU: Adreno 330, 578MHz
  • RAM: 3 GB LP-DDR3, 1866MHz
  • Storage: 16/64 GB
  • Rear Camera: 13 Megapixel – Sony Exmor IMX 214, Dual-LED flash
  • Front Camera: 5 Megapixel
  • Connectivity: GSM (850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz),  WCDMA (Bands: 1/2/4/5/8),LTE ( Bands: 1/3/4/7/17/38/40)
  • Wi-Fi: Dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4G/5G) 802.11 b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0
  • NFC: 65T
  • Positioning: Internal GPS antenna + GLONASS, Digital Compass
  • Battery: 3100 mAh Li-Po

The OnePlus One is an impressive Android smartphone that has a great hardware and software. It runs CyanogenMod out of the box and with a price tag of only $299 for the 16GB version and $349 for the 64GB version it’s definitely one of the smartphones to look out for.

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ASUS Padfone with a keyboard dock spotted at the FCC

ASUS Padfone Keyboard

ASUS Padfone Keyboard

ASUS’ Padfone series of devices are renowned for their unique concept and has been widely successful for the company over the past couple of years. And it seems like ASUS is prepping the launch of a new one as a similar device has cropped up at the FCC. What’s interesting about this device though is the fact that it also features a keyboard dock, almost making it a notebook like device.

We don’t have much information to go with apart from these images, but it is clear that a new ASUS hybrid is in the making. The company was expected to launch the Padfone X in the U.S. via AT&T, although that is yet to materialize.

It is being said that this leaked device could be known as the Padfone 6 and that the keyboard dock will be connectable via Bluetooth and not physically like conventional ASUS keyboards. However, there’s no confirmation on this so take it with a pinch of salt for the time being.

Would you be interested in a device like this? Let us know in the comments below.

ASUS Padfone Keyboard

Source: FCC

Via: Android Community

LG G3 swings by Indonesian FCC as D855 , FHD display still on the table

And so the plot thickens… again. The LG G3 plot, which we thought was only going to become thinner from here on out. But alas, that’s not the case, as Postel, Indonesia’s FCC counterpart, has given its blessing to a D885 G3 version possibly headed to European and Asian markets.

LG G3

Remember, LG’s next-gen flagship device is known on the inside as the D850, D850, LS990 and VS985, each label designating a model conceived for a different US carrier. Namely, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon, in order of appearance.

With me so far? Good, because I’m about to lose you. A series of G3 User Agent Profiles have surfaced these past few weeks, revealing conflicting information on the Android top dog’s specs. At the end of the day, we were ready to bet UA Profs hinting at Full HD screens and Snapdragon 800 chips were fake or markers of early prototypes, but a new one has cropped up.

This lists the D885 as carrying a 1,920 x 1,080 pix res panel, although back in the day, it suggested a superior 2,560 x 1,440 (Quad HD, or 2K) pixel count was in the cards. Now, there are two possible explanations for this unforeseen adjustment.

Either LG tested Quad HD and decided to play it safe with 1,080p once more, since the upgrade comes with multiple critical downsides (battery life drawbacks, mostly), or the Koreans are playing us, trying their best to keep the mystery going.

LG G3 event

Either way, Snapdragon 800 is out. S801 is plausible, and S805 desirable. Likewise with 3 and 4 GB RAM respectively. Meanwhile, the rear-facing camera will boast a 13 or 16 MP sensor with optical image stabilization and 4K video capture, and Android 4.4 KitKat shall run the software show, aided by “advanced personalization features” exclusive to LG.

Back to the Postel certification, which dates from April 22, it could be a sign the LG G3 is slated for an early June commercial release around those parts. Stateside, it’s probably going to land a little later (by the end of June nevertheless), while the formal introduction is definitely scheduled for May 27.

An interesting tidbit also came to our attention when browsing LG’s Q1 financial report, as the OEM predicted “higher revenues in the second quarter with the release of the flagship LG G3 smartphone”. Not that we had any doubts, but I guess the handheld’s market name is now set in stone.

As are redesigned physical rear buttons, razor-thin front bezels and a sensor that’s either a fingerprint recognition mechanism or heart rate monitor a la the Galaxy S5. All in all, I’m psyched out of my mind about the LG G3 no matter if it comes with Full HD or 2K display resolution. Who’s with me?

Via [Postel], [LG], [Eye on Mobility], [Android Central]