Sprint Pitches Local FM Radio as the Next Phone Feature
Sprint today announced that it has negotiated local FM radio access for its customers with American radio stations. Using an application called NextRadio, Android and Windows Phone smartphones will be able to access local FM radio over the air rather than stream it from Sprint's network. The NextRadio application, which acts as a tuner and will be available later this year, "combines the FM radio audio signal with synchronized metadata and images over the internet." In addition to being able to listen to their local stations, Sprint says the NextRadio app will allow for greater levels of interaction between listeners and their favorite radio stations. Sprint has not said which devices will first be able to access this feature, nor exactly when it will be available.
LG to Enable FM Radio In All Phones Moving Forward
LG today said it will ensure that all its future smartphones ship with active FM radios. Sometimes LG and/or its carrier partners leave FM radios, included in nearly all phones, inert.
MixRadio Expands to Android and iOS
MixRadio today made its customized radio service available to Android and iOS devices for the first time. Microsoft acquired MixRadio when it purchased Nokia's handset business, but later divested it to a messaging company called Line.
Apple Music for Android Reaches Version 1.0
Apple updated its Music app for Android devices and it has finally exited beta status. The 1.0 app adds a single feature in its full release, a graphic equalizer tool for adjusting sound levels.
NextRadio Deal Will See FM Radios Unlocked On Samsung Phones
Samsung will ensure that at least some of its future U.S. smartphones ship with active FM radios, says NextRadio.
AT&T to Mandate Working FM Radios In Android Handsets
AT&T has requested that all its handset manufacturer partners include functional FM radios in their Android smartphones by 2016. Further, the company is asking its OEM partners to enable any FM radios that may be dormant inside existing handsets.
Only one problem...
The only problem I have with an FM radio is that I usually don't listen to FM...I lis...
NOW they are going to bring it back? Grrrrr