Android Overload: Sony Working On NFC Authenticated Power Outlets, FCC Will Deny LightSquared’s 4G LTE Network and More


If you haven’t heard, the Android Overload is the place where we, at Phandroid, like to stash all the stories from throughout our day that didn’t make it onto our front page. We do this in hopes, you guys may find something of interest and stay well informed on all the happenings in the world of Android. So have a look around and let us know if you find something interesting!

  • Samsung has launched the dual-SIM Galaxy Y DUOS, Galaxy Ace DUOS, and Galaxy Y Pro DUOS in India. [Times of India]
  • Sony is working on power outlets that authenticate devices via NFC. [TechCrunch]
  • The Android 2.3 Alcatel OT-015 will be making a pit stop at MWC en route to a UK release. [ElectricPig]
  • FCC to shoot down LightSquared’s 4G LTE network. [AllThingsD]
  • Apple beats Google in corporate reputation. [BGR]
  • Mozilla adds Android and security updates to Firefox roadmap. [V3.co.uk]
Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. NFC authenticated power outlets? Hmm. I wonder how many years before this is used to deny “free power” to unknown devices at various locations? With this, airports, and coffee shops could also severely overcharge you to auth your device for X amount of juice.

    Also reminds me of the RFID (NFC cousing) power plug/outlet system at CES that easily allows you to monitor usage throughout a whole building at the device level (a powerstip counts as a single device though)

  2. I hope you’re wrong Jason as it would make the case for extended batteries even moreso than smartphones do already.  

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