Features a DAB+ chipset and an exclusive app that allows customers to enjoy digital radio broadcasts out of the box
LG Electronics has unveiled the world’s first smartphone to feature DAB+, the upgraded DAB standard for digital radio broadcasting. Consumers in Australia, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway and the UK will be the first to receive the LG Stylus 2 with DAB+, which means they will be able to pick up any new DAB+ stations as well as existing DAB radio stations.
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 analogue 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.
Commented Gunnar Garfors, president of IDAG: “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. Consumers get new functionalities and media companies reach new audiences with more broadcasted free-to-air radio.”
Said Juno Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company: “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. 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.”