LG Stylus 2 First Smartphone to Support DAB+
On Monday, LG Electronics unveiled what it’s calling the world’s first smartphone to feature DAB+ technology, the “de facto standard for digital radio broadcasting. The company rolled their new device out at Radiodays Europe 2016, the world’s largest radio conference. Consumer in Australia, Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, and the U.K. will be the first to receive the LG Stylus 2 DAB+, LG said in a statement.
As the world’s first DAB+ smartphone, the Stylus 2 comes with a DAB+ chipset and an exclusive app that allows the user to access digital radio broadcasts out of the box. A technical interface also allows broadcasters to develop their on apps in which internet services can complement broadcasted radio. With the DAB+ functionality, the user will be able to access a wider range of radio channels than they could with traditional FM radio. And unlike regular radio apps that gobble up large amounts of data, DAB+ radio provides high-quality broadcasts for free, as it requires no data consumption.
LG said that DAB+ radio is expected to replace FM analog radio, and it 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.