radio

Last.fm to kill its Radio features in most countries next month

Things seem to be not going so well for Last.fm, and as such, it is killing off its Radio feature in most of the countries that it services. This means that users outside of the selected countries will no longer be able to use the Android app to play their favorite tunes. This also applies to using Last.fm on other platforms such as in browser or on other mobile platforms.

iHeartRadio bringing its streaming service to OUYA

With just five days left to go before the Kickstarter campaign for OUYA comes to a close, OUYA has announced a new partnership with radio streaming service iHeartRadio. Previously, the OUYA team revealed that the console will offer streaming games through OnLive, and now it sounds the multimedia onslaught is nearly complete thanks to this new deal with iHeartRadio. Now we just need OUYA to announce partnerships with the likes of Hulu Plus and Netflix and we'll be set.

NVIDIA Icera modem certified for AT&T: quad-core LTE incoming

One of the more frustrating trends in the world of high-end Android phones as of late has been the somewhat slow adoption of quad-core processors like NVIDIA's Tegra 3 on speedy LTE networks. Up to now we've seen major phones like the HTC One X "settle" for a dual-core design when debuting on LTE carriers, simply because the standards for the combination of SoC and radio weren't ready yet. Today NVIDIA has announced that its Icera radio module has been certified for use with AT&T's LTE bands.

T-Mobile will add international HSPA+ bands this year

One of them most annoying things about being a gadget lover in America is that none of the wireless carriers share all of their radio bands, making switching a phone from one carrier to another somewhere between difficult and impossible. But it'll get a little easier by year's end, thanks to T-Mobile's continuing network upgrades. A company executive told journalists that it's adding more wireless spectrum in targeted bands, so that international HSPA+ phones will finally work with speeds faster than 2G.

SiriusXM’s latest portable radio player runs Android

SiriusXM is great to have when you're in the mood to listening to some music but sick of the same playlists you've got lined up in your library. But why not do it in style with their new portable media player, the Lynx? It runs Android OS, and is bound to have some exclusive applications included that are absent in their previous devices. It can stream music as a normal in-car satellite radio, or connect wirelessly to stream through a Bluetooth connection - though, beware of a lack in audio quality. And it's also nice to see SiriusXM included a 3.5mm headphone input; for such a tiny, portable device, it can be used practically anywhere at any time.

Latest HTC Thunderbolt radios leak, try ‘em out now

Verizon's 4G LTE devices tend to be a little finicky - just ask any nearby Galaxy Nexus owner. So when HTC updates the radios for one of its Verizon devices, it behooves the advanced user to try them out. HTC Thunderbolt owners, this one's for you: the folks at XDA have zipped up the latest radio firmware for your phone and posted it in a flash-friendly format. The software itself comes from the latest OTA update, but the radios themselves can be used on any ROM.

Leaked 4.0.3 radios for Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus improve signal slightly [UPDATE]

Amidst yet another outage of Verizon's data system across large portions of the US, a new radio image for the LTE version of the Galaxy Nexus has become available. This ZIP file contains revised code for the CDMA and 4G LTE radios within the device, and according to some of the responders in the XDA thread, allows for slightly better overall signal reception and much better stability. The phone locks on to a data signal faster and tends to keep it longer, with smoother handoffs between 4G and 3G. After testing out the radio myself, the speed and initial connection seem to be only slightly improved. Unfortunately, I can't test the 4G at the moment.
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