Are Battery Indicators Deliberately Lying?

Amusing post on David Pogue’s blog about stuff. This comment from a reader caught me eye. Is it true, I wonder? Must be.

”Like the battery indicator, the signal strength on a cell phone is deliberately weighted toward the high end. I worked on a phone development project several years ago. When the first units went to the carrier for approval, their first request was to toss the perfectly calibrated battery indicator in favor of one that sat at 4 bars for around 75 percent of the charge.”

Readers Answer Some of Pogue’s Imponderables – Pogue’s Posts – Technology – New York Times Blog

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