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
Aug 10, 2017
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.
New Qualcomm Tech Aims to Bring High-Quality AR and VR Mainstream
Aug 15, 2017
Qualcomm today announced a major expansion of Spectra, its effort to offer manufacturers a drop-in hardware and software solution for easily and affordably adding advanced camera technology to phones and other devices powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon chips. The expanded Spectra suite includes three new hardware camera modules.
Facebook Makes Sweeping Changes to Data Collection Policies as It Admits Cambridge Analytica Breach Impacted 87M
Apr 4, 2018
Facebook today made significant changes to its platform as it continues to deal with the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica breach. To start, the company now believes Cambridge Analytica was given improper access to the data of as many as 87 million people, mostly U.S.
YouTube Reimagines Its Premium Video and Music Services
May 17, 2018
YouTube today announced YouTube Premium and YouTube Music, services that replace YouTube Red and YT Music, respectively. Moving forward, YouTube Premium will be the video site's top-tier service, offering originals, ad-free play, background play, and downloads across YouTube.
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.