Tag: mobile phone

11/08

Now Any Car Is An Android Auto

The evolution of the car dashboard: It's all some folks in radio want to talk about. Understandably, since such a large fraction of radio listening happens while driving. But isn't it just the nature of disruption to change the conversation all at once? And that's what happened today with the news that consumers wanting Android Auto no longer need to wait to buy a compatible car to use the platform. Now the platform is coming to them! More accurately, Android Auto software will run entirely on an Android phone, thus circumventing the stodgy and finicky infotainment system ordained by … [Read more...]

02/23

A Choppy Stream Ahead for NextRadio

With a great flourish, the powers-that-be behind the NextRadio app have announced that this week shall begin a thunderous effort to enlist one constituency so far utterly lacking in enthusiasm for NextRadio's product: Consumers. And so begins an onslaught of over-the-air radio spots designed to lead consumers to download an app that will not work on most of their phones, meanwhile attempting to incite rage that the "choppy, buffered streaming radio" that wireless companies "want you to pay for" is no substitute for comparatively crystal-clear FM radio, even though the content being consumed … [Read more...]

09/02

How Important is Radio in an Emergency?

It's virtually taken on faith in the radio industry: This idea that when all other technologies fail, there's still radio in an emergency. But open your eyes and you'll see that radio's role in emergencies is under threat, thanks to technology. Sure, there are times when all the power goes out, but in those times our technology is powered by batteries. Take the recent Napa earthquake as an example. From CBS San Francisco: Power outages were mostly irrelevant when it came to hampering communication, as cell phones charging on nightstands quickly allowed instant connections with loved ones, … [Read more...]

08/06

Here’s Where Built-In Radio on Mobile Phones Would Win Big

Earlier this week I provided data and an argument to show why the NextRadio campaign to add an FM chip to mobile phones in the U.S. will be fruitless. But I hinted at an international scenario which might make much more sense for a form of this technology. Show me a market where everyone has mobile phones but not radios, and I'll show you a market made for radios built into mobile phones. So it is in many areas of the world where radios and the plugged-in electricity which drives them are scarce. Yet even in these remote regions people are connected by mobile phones. These are generally … [Read more...]

04/21

“Radio Rocks My Phone” Strains Credibility

This is not a post about the wisdom of FM chips in mobile phones.  I wrote that post already last year and absolutely nothing significant has changed my view since then, nor the facts supporting it. Nor has the resistance to this wrong-headed industry initiative changed. Indeed, it has deepened over time.  And that resistance has been met with an increasingly shrill effort by NAB to lobby Congress and broadcasters and create the impression that they're lobbying consumers. I say "create the impression" because the tangible effort illustrated in NAB's new "Radio Rocks My Phone" campaign is … [Read more...]

02/14

Everything you need to know about Radio in the new iPhone 5

Rumors are rumors, but patents are real. Whether the technology produced by these patents arrives in the forthcoming iPhone 5 or a later version is anybody's guess, but it sure makes sense to me that we'll see this sooner rather than later (although it's also possible that we'll never see this). Back in December, Apple quietly submitted a patent application that altered the radio experience for its users and introduced three new elements to the iPhone:  FM, AM, and Satellite Radio - all built in. Besides a much slicker user experience than the standard radio dial, Apple has … [Read more...]

11/29

Do Consumers REALLY want FM chips on Mobile Phones?

All other things equal, the best way to assess future behavior is to look to past behavior.  That is, rather than ask consumers what they might do tomorrow, ask them what they actually did yesterday.  This gives you behavioral data rather than simply attitudinal data, and it allows people to tell you what they actually do rather than what they think you might want to hear. For example, much discussion has swirled around the presumed appetite in the US for FM chips on mobile phones.  Note that I am not talking about the appetite for radio content via downloadable apps on mobile phones, but … [Read more...]

11/09

Wake up, Radio, to the Mobile Challenge

I've been pondering this question: Which way would consumers prefer to listen to the radio on their mobile devices, over the Internet or via an FM receiver built in? We have seen answers to questions like this before (and I have some mobile phone/radio research answers to give you in the next few days that will make some people very unhappy), but the more I look at the question the more I think it's exactly the wrong one to ask. This question assumes a number of things. First, it assumes that "radio" means one thing.  Does radio also mean Pandora?  It should. Second, it assumes … [Read more...]

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