In recent months, the Southeast U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have been pummeled by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. The wildfires in California have been equally devastating. These storms and fires have wreaked havoc on communications networks and challenged public safety officials’ ability to get lifeline information to affected residents. At a [...]
PILOT has been tracking the status of FM radio receiver capabilities in U.S. smartphones since 2013, observing sales and pursuing teardown analysis on the top-selling models (i.e., approximately the top 70% of sales, analyzed each calendar quarter). This turns out to be about 20 to 25 different phone models each quarter, which represent the major [...]
Beyond 5G: Technical and Regulatory Trajectories As 5G mobile broadband service is on its course to be deployed later in this decade, researchers and industry visionaries have started thinking about what might follow thereafter. Many define this phase as “Beyond 5G” (B5G), which means wireless communications technologies that are likely to be introduced [...]
Broadcast TV and Second Screen Apps According to Nielsen, 47% of global respondents say they engage with social media while watching TV programming and 58% say they browse the Internet. A recent Accenture study reports as many as 87% of consumers use a second screen while watching TV. Moreover, Facebook recently announced new APIs that [...]
Connected Car Panel – More Competition is Coming! Two panels on the “connected car” at this week’s Radio Show (September 30-October 2, 2015, Atlanta, GA) offered attendees an insightful look into what’s coming down the road and what the competition is up to in the all-important automotive space. One of the most helpful and [...]
Momentum Grows for FM in Smartphones There’s been good news recently for advocates of activating FM radio receivers in smartphones. First came the announcement by AT&T Wireless—the #2 wireless carrier in the U.S.—that it will request its Android phone manufacturers to activate FM reception capability on all their devices in 2016 and beyond. Next, [...]
Teardown analysis of the Apple Watch by ABI Research shows that—like most smartphones—the device includes a connectivity chip that incorporates WiFi, Bluetooth and FM radio capabilities. As in the iPhone, however, the FM capabilities of the connectivity chip are not implemented on the device.