Samsung, LG Introduce New Mobile TV Techs
Samsung and LG have both recently announced competing technologies for local mobile TV on mobile phones. Unlike the MediaFLO national network that uses dedicated spectrum and is run by Qualcomm, these new technologies are designed to let local TV stations in the US use their "leftover" digital TV radio spectrum to broadcast TV directly to mobile phones. The technology will therefore provide local news, weather and sports content not available from MediaFLO. Samsung's technology is called A-VSB, while LG's proposed alternative is dubbed MPH.
Qualcomm Debuts Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanning Tech
Qualcomm today announced Snapdragon Sense ID, a new fingerprint scanning technology that makes a 3D map of a fingerprint using ultrasonic technology. It's designed to integrate into phone bezels.
Google News to Highlight Local Sources
Google has updated its Google News product across all platforms with improved visibility of locally-sourced stories. The local source tag in Google News highlights local news outlets that have covered large, national news stories.
Samsung and The Weather Channel Team Up for Galaxy App
Samsung and The Weather Channel have created an exclusive weather app only for owners of Galaxy-branded smartphones. The Weather Channel App for Samsung offers features the regular Weather Channel app does not include.
AT&T to Mandate Working FM Radios In Android Handsets
AT&T has requested that all its handset manufacturer partners include functional FM radios in their Android smartphones by 2016. Further, the company is asking its OEM partners to enable any FM radios that may be dormant inside existing handsets.
T-Mobile Says It Will Start Using 600 MHz Spectrum This Year
"T-Mobile now has the largest swath of unused low-band spectrum in the country," said T-Mobile CEO John Legere about the company's 600 MHz auction winnings. The company successfully won an average of 31 MHz (ranging between 20 MHz and 50 MHz) of the 70 MHz low-band spectrum auctioned off by TV stations and the FCC.