Smartphones to start losing their label overload

FCC ID. Lead-free construction. Place of assembly. Do not dispose in the trash. Our mobile devices are positively littered with all sorts of messages, icons, warnings, and advisories. Manufacturers often do what they can to hide them away, tucking all this mandated gobbledygook away under battery covers or SIM trays, but there’s only so much they can do. Do we really need all these symbols and text marring our phones’ otherwise quite attractive rear panels? As it turns out, maybe we don’t, and the US government has taken steps to reduce the burden on manufacturers to litter their handsets will all this mess.

Following passage by the House a couple months back and the Senate earlier in November, President Obama this week signed the E-Label Act into law. The big change here for phone labeling is that it will allow manufacturers to store all this information previous required to be physically present on the hardware’s in an electronic form, instead.

That means that all these certification badges and ID numbers would be visible in some sort of “about” screen for your phone. Beyond just making our phones look better, having that info electronically stored could render it easier to access and share – at least, you won’t have to pull out a magnifying glass just to read it. Sounds like good news for everyone involved.

Source: The Hill
Via: Cult of Mac

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!