LightSquared Outlines Plan to Fix GPS Interference Issues
LightSquared today released details of a plan it says will help it circumvent the GPS interference problems that a number of tests have concluded its planned network creates. LightSquared explained that it hoped to use a specific 10MHz block of spectrum in the L-Band for its Long Term Evolution network. It found that operating its network in this band did in fact interfere with GPS receivers. LightSquared has access to a second 10MHz block lower in the L-Band spectrum that it was planning to hold in reserve for when its business outgrew the first 10MHz block. Instead, it will use this second 10MHz block, which it says poses a lower threat to GPS systems, for its initial network launch. It will also dial down the power used in its base station transmitters by 50%, which it says provides another level of protection to GPS systems. As it stands, Inmarsat uses a part of the lower 10MHz band that LightSquared needs, and it has secured permission from Inmarsat to use that spectrum earlier than originally planned. LightSquared will also work with the FCC and other bodies to resolve the GPS issues caused in the upper 10MHz block. The company is due to turn in the results of initial GPS interference testing to the FCC on July 1.
WattUp Distance Wireless Charging Coming To Major-Brand Phone
Apr 7, 2016
Energous has revealed that a "tier 1" consumer electronics company has agreed to implement WattUp wireless charging technology in a number of consumer products, including a phone. WattUp is an RF-based wireless charging technology that can be implemented in a number of ways, including transmitters that can send power wirelessly up to 15 feet, using a large array of antennas and beam-forming technology to send focused energy in the 5.8 GHz radio band.
Samsung Blames Note7 Recall On 2 Battery Problems
Jan 22, 2017
Samsung today said problems created during the manufacture of the Galaxy Note7's battery caused the phone to sometimes overheat and burst into flame. The company says two separate battery defects are at fault, but maintains nothing was wrong with the phone itself.
More Phones Should Be Able to Update to Android P Faster
May 9, 2018
Google today provided more visibility into its work on Project Treble, which is meant to accelerate the rate at which phones are updated to new versions of Android. Google has been working with Qualcomm, MediaTek, and Samsung to improve how phones handle major updates.
Google to Rely On Software to Tweak Pixel 2 XL Screen, Pixel 2 Noise Issues
Oct 27, 2017
Google says it will update both the Pixel 2 XL and Pixel 2 smartphones in the coming weeks to resolve various issues spotted by early adopters. Starting with the Pixel 2 XL, Google says it will give users more options to tweak the screen's color through a tool added to the display settings.
FCC Chair Would Bar Use of Universal Service Fund to Buy Equipment from Companies that Pose Security Risks
Mar 26, 2018
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wants to prevent the government and companies from using the Universal Service Fund to buy equipment from companies that represent a security threat to the U.S. "Threats to national security posed by certain communications equipment providers are a matter of bipartisan concern.