LG’s new phone is the first to support DAB+ radio

LG this week revealed the first ever phone to support DAB+ radio.

The LG Stylus 2 is a 5.7-inch device running Android 6.0, but the main draw is its digital radio capabilities. DAB+ allows users to listen to free digital stations with better audio quality than FM transmissions. The digital format also allows images and text to be transmitted to the screen.

Joan Warner, CEO of Commercial Radio Australia is enthusiastic about the phone’s digital radio support.

“This is an exciting development for Australian consumers as listening and viewing entertainment, news, music and pictures broadcast via digital radio will use no data, compared to music streaming services which can use more than 2MB of data per minute, depending on the quality settings.”

While the Stylus 2 will connect to digital radio via a dedicated app, broadcasters themselves will be able to develop tailored apps for their own stations. This would allow radio broadcasts to be complemented with online content.

Other features on the Stylus 2 include expandable storage, a 3000 mAh battery and, as the name implies, stylus support. A 13 MP rear camera and 8 MP front camera are built into the device. Three colours are available to choose from, including white, brown, and “titan”.

Pricing and availability are yet to be revealed, but the Stylus 2 is confirmed for an Australian release.

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