Korean LG Electronics announced that LG Stylus 2 supports digital radio standard DAB+.
LG Electronics today unveiled that the LG Stylus 2 supports 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+.
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LG unveiled the LG Stylus 2 last month at the MWC 2016. The 7.4mm thin and 145g weighing LG Stylus 2 is thinner and lighter than its predecessor. The handset features a protruded flat display in the front, spin hairline pattern on the back and metallic frames on all its edges. The LG Stylus 2 sports a 3,000mAh removable battery and a SD card slot.
The device features a set of proprietary functions developed specifically for the LG Stylus 2 to enhance the user experience such as Pen Pop, which toggles a popup menu when the stylus is removed to offer shortcuts to Pop Memo and Pop Scanner.
Also new to LG Stylus 2 is Pen Keeper, which prevents the stylus from being misplaced by displaying a popup message when the phone is detected as being in motion when the stylus bay is empty.
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.”
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DAB is hailed to replace FM since decades. The first DAB radio channel was launched in the mid-nineties. DAB+ was introduced in 2007. FM is still though the by far dominant way to listen to radio. In the United States HD Radio has been adopted for digital terrestrial radio broadcasting.