On August 10, TagStation LLC, owner of the NextRadio app, announced an agreement with smartphone manufacturer LG Electronics MobileComm to enable FM chips in LG phones, providing access to local FM Radio across the United States and Canada, as well as Latin American countries, with more countries to follow.
“We are proud and excited to partner with one of the world’s leading smartphone providers to continue our mission of connecting and exposing users to a fully immersive radio experience,” said Paul Brenner, President of NextRadio powered by TagStation, in a press release. “This alliance will give millions of consumers the opportunity to receive real over-the-air FM radio through their phone.”
The collaboration will allow LG users to listen and experience live, local radio on their smartphones and provide access to audio emergency alerts even if cellular coverage becomes congested or unavailable. Subject to agreements with wireless carriers, LG also will pre-load NextRadio on a number of models.
With the NextRadio app, consumers have the ability to listen to live music, sports and talk broadcasts through local over-the-air FM radio, while experiencing interactive music content, promotions and ads synced to the on-air broadcast. The direct connection to the phone’s FM chip allows users to use less battery and less data than streaming radio apps when listening to NextRadio broadcasts.