Sony Dinged $400,000 By FCC Over Hearing Aid Compatibility
The Federal Communications Commission today said that Sony Mobile will voluntarily make a $400,000 payment after it was found to violate U.S. law requiring devices to be compliant with hearing aids. The FCC discovered that Sony sold non-compliant devices during a 12-month period in 2011 and 2012. In addition to the payment for selling devices that don't work with hearing aids, Sony agreed to name a compliance officer within 30 days and ensure all devices are compliant with U.S. law within 60 days. Sony did not comment on the FCC's decision.
Hands On with the Sony XZ Premium
Sony's luscious new phone is to die for. The 4K HDR screen is the best display you've ever seen on a mobile device and Sony wrapped it up in a serene metal-and-glass package.
Hands On with the Sony Xperia Z4v for Verizon
Sony, as a company, is having a prolonged rough patch in the US phone market these days, but when they do get a phone to market here, they're often quiet gems. Sony is particularly skilled at crafting phones with premium materials and build quality.
Sony Seeking User Interface Design Feedback from Swedes
Sony today announced the Sony Concept for Android program in Sweden, which is a way for the company to test new user interface features for its smartphones. To start, Sony is offering 500 Swedish owners of the Xperia Z3 access to a new user experience that's based on a nearly stock version of Android 5.1 Lollipop, with some core Sony elements tossed into the mix.
Apple Complains About FCC's Hearing Aid Push
Apple has filed comments with the FCC requesting the agency refrain from adopting new hearing aid rules. In November, the agency issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would require all phones to be accessible to people who use hearing aids or have cochlear implants.
FCC Wants All Cell Phones Hearing Aid Compatible
The FCC today expanded the scale of hearing aid compatibility in cell phones to include IP-based communications, such as WiFi and VoLTE. AT&T and Verizon Wireless recently sought and received waivers to offer WiFi calling along with an alternate to the legacy technology called RTT (real-time text).