LG G6 and LG V30 will receive Android 8.1 Oreo, get Android Enterprise Recommended approval

LG has just announced that two of its highest-end devices right now – the LG G6 and the LG V30 – will become part of Google’s new-fangled Android Enterprise Recommended program after getting updated to Android 8.1 Oreo. Thanks to this certification, the two devices will be explicitly recommended by Google for use in corporations and other large businesses.

“Earning the Android Enterprise Recommended certification underscores LG’s commitment to continual improvements in enterprise security and is paramount to the brand’s overall promise to deliver capable and secure devices …


Unknown Honor model receives regulatory approval in China; this could be the Honor 7C

The Honor LND-AL30 has been discovered after passing through China’s TENNA regulatory agency. Considering that the Honor 5X and 6X led to the release of both the 5C and 6C, this could be the Honor 7C, although that is not official at this point. The Honor 7X launched last December. Unfortunately, TENNA only disseminated photos of the device and did not include any specs. But the images do tell us a lot about this new phone.  

If this model is the Honor 7C, it will have dual cameras on both the back and front. That is one more camera than the Honor 7X; the latter features a 16MP …

Apple's HomePod smart speaker gains FCC approval; launch could be imminent

Amazon and Google made good use of the delay that forced Apple to push back the launch of its HomePod smart speaker from December to sometime early this year. Echo and Home devices helped smart speakers have a very Merry Christmas and Chanukah. The relatively new product (first launched worldwide in 2015) accounted for 7% of gifts handed out this holiday season in the states.

Without Apple’s high-end HomePod out of the way, both Amazon and Google had a clear playing field. While Microsoft’s Invoke was available, along with a few other competitors, the top two smart speaker manufacturers …

WSJ: Qualcomm to get European approval to purchase NXP for $39 billion

Qualcomm, the company that designs the Snapdragon mobile chipsets used on the majority of smartphones, is expected to be given approval today from European Anti-trust regulators to proceed with its $39 billion purchase of semiconductor manufacturer NXP. In order to obtain this approval, Qualcomm had to agree to certain conditions. For example, the San Diego based company cannot buy NXP’s standard essential patents, and Qualcomm had to promise that rival products will still work with NXP’s.

The deal was originally proposed by Qualcomm back in October 2016, and this past November Qualcomm …

FCC gives first approval for wireless charging at-a-distance; WattUp works up to 3 feet away

The FCC has approved a new type of wireless charging system for the first time. Unlike other wireless charging systems, this will power up batteries as far as 3-feet away. A company named Energous, developer of the WattUp wireless charging at-a-distance technology, has received FCC approval for its transmitter. The latter is used to send focused RF-based power to devices as far as 3-feet away. This ushers in a new era of wireless charging for devices like smartphones, tablets, smartwatches, fitness trackers, earbuds, smart speakers and more.

Energous says that its product is the …

Partial specs for 5G hardware receive approval from 3GPP members


The members of the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) have decided on new hardware standards for the upcoming 5G service that should debut in 2018 at the earliest. With the Non-Standalone (NSA) 5G New Radio (NR) specifications approved, suppliers will know exactly what they will have to build in order to meet the specs required by manufacturers. These specs will be published later this week. Matt Branda, the director of technical marketing at Qualcomm, said “This is really the step that enables vendors to start building equipment.” The specs include support for low-frequency (600MHz, …

Samsung Galaxy Note 7R gets one more approval before release

The refurbished Samsung Galaxy Note 7R is clearly coming to market, but if you hope to grab one, you’ll want to pray to the fortune gods since the South Korean company won’t release it worldwide.

Two places where you will certainly be able to purchase the Galaxy Note 7R is China and South Korea, but other than that the list of markets where the smartphone will be available it’s a well-guarded secret.

The good news is the refurbished version of the last year’s flagship smartphone is close to being introduced in those two markets we’ve mentioned. The Galaxy …

Refurbished Galaxy Note 7's launch is just around the corner, as the phablet gains FCC's approval

Samsung is not going to drop the Galaxy Note 7 so easily, even though the phablet has been recalled twice before production and sales stopped completely last year. A refurbished version of Samsung’s flagship will be launched in select markets in the next couple of weeks, the South Korean company confirmed.

The first country to get the refurbished Galaxy Note 7, also known as Samsung Galaxy Note 7R, is South Korea. Strong evidence that Samsung is gearing up for the launch of the high-end phablet on his own turf is the listing of the refurbished device at FCC (Federal …

Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) launch is imminent, as the phone gets FCC's approval

We already know quite a lot about the Galaxy J5 (2017), even though Samsung hasn’t introduced the smartphone yet. The handset that goes by the model number SM-J530 was spotted in the last couple of weeks on various benchmark websites.

The most recent news that mentions the Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017) is the listing of the phone at Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which puts it just one step away from its official unveil.

It appears that the US regulatory commission has just granted approval to the Samsung smartphone with model number SM-J530FM. Aside from the fact that the phone …

BlackBerry KEYone's FCC approval brings the phone one step closer to its U.S. launch

The BlackBerry KEYone is supposed to be released next month, and the phone recently took one giant step toward its U.S. launch by getting certified by the FCC. The KEYone is supposed to be the last ‘Berry designed in-house, and the company is using its traditional three-row physical keyboard with a number pad on the left. Some consider the physical QWERTY on the BlackBerry Bold 9000 to be the gold standard, and while BlackBerry might fall short of that with its new phone, it is sure to top the QWERTY that is used on the BlackBerry Priv.

As usual, the FCC documentation doesn’t tell us that …