If while admiring the shiny back of your smartphone you get slightly annoyed by the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) markings which seem to clutter up an otherwise-stylish device, then today’s news may just cheer you up a bit!
A new law has been passed in the United States by President Obama which states that electronic devices sold are no longer required to display the various symbols and text of the FCC markings.
Smartphones which are sold across the majority of markets, such as the iPhone, all feature the FCC logo, as well as one to show that it complies with waste disposal rules, and a data frequency warning – we can guarantee that while reading that you turned your smartphone over to have a check!
While you may immediately then wonder how you will know that the information exists, it could instead be provided within the actual device’s software itself, making for much more aesthetically pleasing devices.
The E-Label Act may well see the majority of next year’s anticipated smartphones eliminate most of the logos that are on the back and it is refreshing to hear that when it was passed through the White House, the law was approved unanimously.
The E-Label Act bill stated: “As devices become smaller, compliance with physical label requirements can become more difficult and costly.
“Many manufacturers and consumers of licensed devices in the United States would prefer to have the option to provide or receive important Commission labelling information digitally on the screen of the device.”
While this news will affect a number of the handsets sold in the UK, it has not yet been confirmed whether or not the European Union’s CE logo will be leaving the smartphones too.
However, if the E-Label Act continues to be received warmly and poses no issues, there is every chance that the EU could follow suit.