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. FM radios are often included on modules that bundle other radios, such as Bluetooth, WiFi, and cellular. The move means AT&T's Android customers will be able to listen to local FM radio via their smartphones through apps, such as NextRadio. The National Association of Broadcasters applauded the move, saying, "[This] marks a new beginning in mobile technology with the agreement by a global iconic brand, AT&T, to light up the FM receiver chips in all of its future Android smartphones." NextRadio, which makes it easy to find an listen to local FM radio stations, competes with myriad other third-party music services on smartphones.
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.
Apple Retunes Apple Music
Apple today announced an entirely new version of Apple Music. Apple redesigned the app from the ground up to improve the user experience.
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.
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.
That Word, I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means
They want to take stress of their network
Really though, this just tells me ATT got paid money to make this move or they have a monetization scheme waiting in the wings. Oh, I bet they get the listening habits data via weasel ware, since that's where the real money is at. The deathstar never does anything that isn't in the best interests of the people that matter, their shareholders.
You don't need a cristal ball to see behind this move they just trying to take stress of their network.
What about Apple
Remember iPods had the FM attachment? Then the next version of the iPod would no longer work with that accessory? Even though we all know the hardware was there to support it.
My Android phone already has a working FM app on it.