Google's move to begin charging for aspects of Android in Europe will also clear a path for mobile device manufacturers to leave Google products off devices that run Android. Google claims that this was always possible, but examples of certified tablets or phones without apps from Google are reportedly almost nonexistent.
Strong North American sales of 5G-enabling gear for cellular towers have pushed Ericsson into the black for the first time in nine quarters, and Nokia reportedly looks to benefit from the same development. "5G is becoming a commercial reality," Ericsson Chief Executive Borje Ekholm said.
Verizon's Bill Stone said that the company can put outdoor 3.5 GHz CBRS services in the field now. The Federal Communications Commission is also focusing on the band: it's preparing to vote on final rules and has heard requests from the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association, the Public Interest Spectrum Coalition and others.
T-Mobile has applied to the Federal Communications Commission for permission to conduct a trial of dual-connectivity for 5G, and would use vendors in Spokane, Wash., as well as Las Vegas. Dual-connectivity would allow devices to stay connected to both 5G and 4G LTE networks while in range.
Speakers at a Senate Commerce Committee field hearing last week touted South Dakota's efforts to build next-generation 5G networks, and Chairman John Thune, R-S.D., said the state "is leading the way in 5G." Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken said the city wants "fair" compensation for reviewing carriers' plans in return for a "reasonable" time frame to analyze them.
Gerald Patterson, owner of Busted Cell Repair and Services, opened the Tupelo, Miss., cellphone repair shop after learning how to fix phones as a Best Buy Mobile employee. Patterson, who also likes to teach customers how to better use the features of their phones, hopes to franchise his company one day.
A new Apple feature allows users in the US to download their data from interactions across all the company's services, an option that users in the EU have had since May. This is the latest aspect of Apple's growing focus on responding to consumer privacy concerns.
T-Mobile's Bellevue, Wash., headquarters will get access to regional solar and wind power via the Green Direct program from Puget Sound Energy as a move toward the company becoming fully dependent on renewable energy by 2021. The carrier said the move would save it "millions of dollars in energy costs."
Samsung has begun using extreme ultraviolet chipmaking technology for its 7-nanometer chips that will reduce transistors by 40%. The technology will provide a 20% performance increase while reducing power consumption by as much as half, an upgrade that Samsung will likely use in its upcoming Exynos mobile chips.
Several regional wireless carriers have begun making moves toward installing 5G networks, said an executive from Ericsson, a vendor that last week helped Cellcom demonstrate its own budding 5G system in Green Bay, Wis. A number of these carriers will be taking part in the government's upcoming 28 megahertz and 24 MHz spectrum auctions.
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