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JVC and Kenwood Head Units Now Feature Hybrid Radio

NextRadio adds album art, station logos to WebLink-compatible head units

The NextRadio app is now available on new JVC and Kenwood head units, TagStation announced Monday.

The new head units also feature Abalta Technologies’ WebLink software platform, which enables carmakers and other manufacturers to customize infotainment services.

[Learn more about NextRadio’s move to the connected car.]

When a driver connects a smartphone to a WebLink-compatible head unit, “the phone’s Internet connection allows NextRadio for WebLink to download album art, station logos and other images,” according to the press release. Local AM/FM radio is then played via the tuner, and NextRadio automatically updates based on the vehicle’s location to show all stations broadcasting in the area.

“As we continue to build out all aspects of the connected car experience within our WebLink platform, we are prioritizing those apps that generate the greatest mobile experiences for everyday drivers. That includes Waze, Yelp, YouTube, Weather and NextRadio,” CEO and Abalta Technologies founder and CEO Michael O’Shea said in the announcement. “NextRadio represents the evolution of radio that consumers expect, and provides an in-dash visual experience like no other.”

The WebLink for JVC and WebLink for Kenwood apps are available to download for Android and Apple smartphones.