Google IO 2015 Coverage

Verizon and Sprint will pay $158 million to settle customer complaints


The mobile carriers always seem to be in a little bit of hot water don’t they? Maybe it’s because they are always playing games with billing, throttling, and anything else shady they can think of.

This time around it’s a practice called “cramming” which is when customers are billed for third-party services they didn’t request. In most cases, it resulted in a $10 monthly charge in which Verizon and Sprint declined to offer refunds. According to the Federal Communications Commission, both carriers received roughly 30% of the charges.

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FCC tea leaves suggest LG G4 release on Sprint, Verizon getting close


A couple new entries in the FCC database for LG devices suggests the LG G4 has cleared regulatory approval on the way to market from Verizon and Sprint. The new entries are for devices with model numbers VS986 and LS991, although the entries do not mention “LG G4″ specifically as the phone model. However, sources note that the LG G3 on Verizon has the model number VS985 and on Sprint it gets model number LS990. So the new devices have had their model number increased by one relative to the LG G3, which suggests the new devices are the LG G4 for each of the carriers.

Neither carrier has released information about availability of the LG G4. However, sources think Sprint will hit the market in June and they do have a pre-registration page already setup. Meanwhile, no date has been set for Verizon

source: FCC (Verizon), FCC (Sprint)
via: G for Games

Samsung Galaxy Tab A Plus with WiFi makes an appearance at the FCC


The amount of tablets released by Samsung over the last two years has been insane. Many thought that last year’s Galaxy Tab S would put an end to that because of its impressive specifications and price. That belief is clearly wrong as the company is moving forward with new tablets. The Galaxy Tab A Plus will start the next step for Samsung’s tablet strategy and it just slid through the FCC here in the United States with the model number SM-P350. The variant here is WiFi-only.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 wireless charger pays a visit to the FCC


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While many of us are looking forward to Samsung’s official unveiling of the Galaxy S6 on March 1st at MWC, the Korean manufacturer has been busy getting its ducks in a row with regards to its accessories. An example of this would be the wireless charger that has been approved by the FCC (Federal Communications Commission). As seen from the image above, the wireless charger has a circular design.  Read more

New Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 passes through FCC on way to U.S. market


We already know Samsung is working on a new 8-inch Galaxy Tab 4 tablet device thanks to a GFXBench entry that was discovered last month. While the chip used is the mid-tier Snapdragon 410, that is a 64-bit chip meaning the device can fully support Android Lollipop. Based on a new FCC filing for the device, the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 should be headed to U.S. markets. Read more

Sony SmartEyeglass closer to market after FCC visit, release of some official apps


Although Google is currently in a major state of flux with their Google Glass platform as the company looks to retool their efforts, others are working on getting their version of a face-worn device ready for consumers. One of those companies is Sony which showed off a couple models of their Sony SmartEyeglass product at CES 2015. Following that reveal, one of the models has now passed through the FCC and Sony has released a couple social media apps meant for the device. Read more

FCC’s Wheeler proposes reclassification of ISPs as common carriers to promote net neutrality


In a statement issued today, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler says he is “proposing that the FCC use its Title II authority to implement and enforce open internet protections.” This move to effectively reclassify Internet service providers as common carriers will be pursued as a way to “preserve the internet as an open platform for innovation and free expression.” The proposal culminates a long process the FCC has been involved with, including examination of long-standing regulatory principles, the marketplace, and a public comment process that yielded close to 4 million comments on the concept called “Net Neutrality.” Read more