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.
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.
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.
Sprint Lists Samsung Galaxy J7 Perx for $264
Sprint recently added the Samsung Galaxy J7 Perx to its lineup of inexpensive Android handset. The Perx appears to be a minor refresh of last year's J7.
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