The subsequent LG smartphone we buy will have an combined underline that many are certain to find appealing: FM radio access.
Through a partnership with NextRadio, LG has committed to unlocking a FM radio chip in each smartphone it sells going forward. Previously, a carriers commanded to LG either a FM chip was done accessible to users.
With a NextRadio deal, LG will no longer give carriers a option, and it will instead clear a chip during a factory. According to a announcement, LG will also preload a NextRadio app on name devices, contingent on conduit approval.
Why is FM radio entrance such a large deal? It’s free, easier on your phone’s battery, and doesn’t take a fee on your information plan. And during emergencies, where mobile networks are mostly congested, entrance to an FM radio feed could be critical to receiving timely information.
The timing of a announcements comes only weeks before LG is approaching to announce a subsequent smartphone, a LG V30.
For those who now possess an LG device, we might already have entrance to FM radio. Below is a list of inclination and carriers with a FM chip unbarred supposing to ZDNet by LG:
- G Fortune – Cricket
- LG G Flex – Sprint
- LG G Flex 2 – Boost Mobile, Sprint, T-Mobile
- LG G Stylo™ – Boost Mobile, Sprint, Virgin Mobile
- LG G2 -Boost Mobile, Sprint
- LG G3 – Boost Mobile, Sprint
- LG G3 Vigor – Sprint
- LG G4 – Sprint
- LG G5 – Sprint
- LG G6 – ATT, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless
- LG Harmony – Cricket
- LG Realm – Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile
- LG Risio – Cricket
- LG Stylo 3 – Boost Mobile, Cricket, Virgin Mobile
- LG Stylo 2 – Boost Mobile
- LG Tribute 5 – Boost Mobile, Sprint
- LG Tribute HD – Boost Mobile, Sprint, Virgin Mobile
- LG V20 – ATT, Sprint, T-Mobile
- LG Volt – Boost Mobile, Sprint, Virgin Mobile
- LG Volt 2 – Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile
- LG X Power – Boost Mobile, Cricket, Sprint, U.S. Cellular, Virgin Mobile
LG has no skeleton to recover a program refurbish to retroactively capacitate a FM chip on inclination not listed above.
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