LG has announced what is boasted as the world's first smartphone to feature DAB+ digital radio support. The Stylus 2, announced for Australia, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway and the UK, brings the very best of digital radio to the smartphone. Featuring not only a DAB+ chipset, the LG Stylus 2 also comes with an exclusive app that allows owners to enjoy broadcasts right out of the box.
But that's not all. Developers can take advantage of this new functionality to develop their own apps to compliment broadcast radio with internet-connected features. The best part for consumers? Using DAB+ radio consumers no data. Zero. Unlike traditional FM stations through radio apps, you can enjoy DAB+ all day long without fear of running up a massive data bill.
It's a neat feature, and one we're sure fans of radio will welcome. Unfortunately, while we know which markets will be among the first to take advantage of the Stylus 2 with DAB+, LG failed to provide word on availability or pricing.
LG STYLUS 2 FIRST SMARTPHONE TO SUPPORT DAB+
SEOUL, Mar. 14, 2016 ― LG Electronics (LG) today unveiled the world's first smartphone to feature DAB+, the de facto standard for digital radio broadcasting. LG introduced its newest smartphone at Radiodays Europe 2016 in Paris, the world's largest radio conference. Consumers in Australia, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom will be the first to receive the LG Stylus 2 with DAB+.
As the world's first smartphone with DAB+, the LG Stylus 2 features a DAB+ chipset and an exclusive app that allows customers to enjoy digital radio broadcasts out of the box. A technical interface also enables broadcasters to develop their own tailored apps in which internet services complement broadcasted radio.
Users will be able to access more radio channels with DAB+ than traditional FM. Unlike regular radio apps that stream large amounts of data, DAB+ radio provides excellent audio quality for free, as it uses no data.
DAB+ is expected to replace FM analog radio and already reaches over 500 million people in 40 countries around the world. LG collaborated with the International DMB Advancement Group (IDAG) to include DAB+ technology in the new LG Stylus 2.
"We are taking a proactive approach towards the fast-paced technological shift to digital broadcasting with DAB+ to deliver a new paradigm of experiences through the smartphone," said Juno Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. "With its large 5.7-inch screen, 1 watt speaker and 3,000mAh removable battery, the LG Stylus 2 is the perfect device to enjoy rich, multimedia content."
"We are proud to help introduce a game-changing smartphone with an innovative company like LG. The combination of broadcasting and the internet opens up a vast array of possibilities for the future," said Gunnar Garfors, president of IDAG. "Consumers get new functionalities and media companies reach new audiences with more broadcasted free-to-air radio."