Motorola’s New DROID “QUARK” Stops by FCC on Its Way to Verizon – Wireless Charging, Turbo Charger

Back in mid-August, we caught wind of a device from Motorola under the codename “quark” that appeared to be on its way to Verizon. The device was thought to have incredible specs, thanks to a benchmark, which showed a QHD screen resolution (2560×1440), Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor clocked at 2.65GHz, Adreno 420 GPU, 3GB RAM, and Android 4.4.4. I can confirm this morning that the device is indeed real, is headed to Verizon, likely as the next DROID, and may have some extra tricks up its sleeves that we had not yet heard, at least according to recently filed FCC documents.

So here is what we know as of today.   (more…)

Random Google 7-inch “Tablet” Shows Up at FCC With NVIDIA Chip, Tiny LG Battery

While we were busy flying around the country last week, checking out the new goodies from Samsung and Motorola, a reader of ours noticed that a “7-inch tablet” that is “powered by NVIDIA Tegra” and running an LG battery, stopped by the FCC under Google’s ID. The device is odd, to say the least.

The device falls under FCC ID A4R-NX74751, in case you want to go digging through the listing. It features some sort of NVIDIA Tegra chip, global roaming with LTE (bands 2, 4, 5, 7, and 17), and an LG-made battery that only weighs in at 2,480mAh.  (more…)

Verizon’s New Moto X Stops by FCC With Codename “Victara,” Android 4.4.3

Verizon’s variant of the new Moto X (Moto X+1) cruised through the FCC last night under the codename “victara,” a name we saw back in June. The device measures in at the same size as the AT&T/GSM model we saw hit the FCC last week, so even though the listing doesn’t say “Moto X,” we would be surprised if this isn’t it. Plus, Motorola is set to unveil the device in a day, so we like the timing.

The listing doesn’t give us a ton of new info, although, we are still digging through it. So far, we are seeing support for Verizon’s CDMA2000, along with LTE 13 and 4. The device, like almost all Verizon phones these days, has global GSM roaming on bands 850 and 1900.  (more…)

Motorola and Sol Republic Have a New Bluetooth, Jambox-Like Speaker to Announce (Updated: DECK HD)

Last year, Motorola unveiled all sorts of special Sol Republic audio products alongside the Moto X. From color-matched MotoMaker ear buds (for free) to the Deck Bluetooth speaker, there were plenty of options to help you live out your audio dreams. According to an FCC filing for a new “Sol Republic x Motorola” product, it looks like Motorola will repeat last year’s audio offerings with the inclusion of an even bigger Bluetooth speaker.  (more…)

This is the New Motorola Skip, a Full-Blown Key Fob That Keeps Your Phone Unlocked When Near

Last year, along with the launch of the Moto X, Motorola introduced an accessory called the Skip (our review). The Skip was an attachable NFC clip that would allow you to skip the unlock PIN or pattern on your device with a simple touch. It really only had that one use. Motorola handed out the Skip for free to those who placed early Moto X orders, but it later retailed for around $20 (now $10).

As a follow-up, Motorola is on the verge of releasing a new version of the Skip, this time in the form of a Bluetooth-equipped key fob that has more uses than tap-to-unlock via NFC.  (more…)

FCC Still Concerned About Throttling, Asks All Carriers About Throttling Practices

Over the last couple of weeks, the FCC has decided that it wants to know more about the throttling or “Network Optimization” practices of wireless carriers in the US. Their initial probing began with Verizon, after the company announced plans to start throttling the top 5% of its data users who have unlimited data plans and a 4G LTE phone come October 1. Today, Reuters is reporting that the FCC is actually looking into all of the major carriers, asking for them to explain how they decide when to slow down speeds for customers, because they are still very “concerned” that the reasoning could be a business rather than engineering issue. (more…)

Samsung SM-G850F “Galaxy Alpha” Strolls Through FCC

More light is being shed this morning, as a device with model number SM-G850F, aka the Galaxy Alpha from Samsung, has gone through the FCC. The Galaxy Alpha is nothing new, though, as we have seen plenty of leaks regarding this phone for the past month.

While a device going through the FCC is always a little helpful to get a sense of what to expect when it hits the market, the filings never list out full specifications or dimensions. But when it comes to early phone info, you don’t get to be picky.  (more…)