WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to the announcement that AT&T will include FM Chip activation in their 2016 device specifications for Android smartphones, the following statement can be attributed to NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith:
"Today marks a new beginning in mobile technology with the agreement by a global iconic brand, AT&T, to light up the FM receiver chips in all of its future Android smartphones. With this decision, AT&T's customers become the biggest beneficiaries, giving them access to local radio news, entertainment, weather, and failsafe emergency alert connectivity. With access to apps like NextRadio, AT&T's listeners will also enjoy song tagging and interactivity features that have become increasingly popular with younger listeners.
"America's broadcasters salute AT&T's decision to serve its customers through collaboration with America's local radio stations. Bravo!"
AT&T's announcement today follows a 2013 announcement from Sprint to activate FM chips on select Android and Windows smartphones.
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