Samsung, LG Introduce New Mobile TV Techs
Samsung and LG have both recently announced competing technologies for local mobile TV on mobile phones. Unlike the MediaFLO national network that uses dedicated spectrum and is run by Qualcomm, these new technologies are designed to let local TV stations in the US use their "leftover" digital TV radio spectrum to broadcast TV directly to mobile phones. The technology will therefore provide local news, weather and sports content not available from MediaFLO. Samsung's technology is called A-VSB, while LG's proposed alternative is dubbed MPH.
Google News to Highlight Local Sources
Google has updated its Google News product across all platforms with improved visibility of locally-sourced stories. The local source tag in Google News highlights local news outlets that have covered large, national news stories.
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.
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.
Facebook's Local News Push is Expanding Globally
Facebook is expanding its effort to highlight local news to more users around the world. Earlier this year, the social network tweaked its News Feed in order to provide people in the U.S.