Samsung's upcoming smartphones to feature unlocked FM chips

Samsung's upcoming smartphones to feature unlocked FM chips

The company has stated that users will be able to access local FM radio through apps such as NextRadio.

Either way, it's important to remember not just the convenience of the 1933-invented FM radio broadcasting technology, but also its vital potential of conveying life-saving information in emergency situations. A company called Tagstation, which manages the Next Radio app, has announced that Samsung is planning to turn on the FM radio chips in its future smartphone releases.

Samsung isn't the first smartphone company to bring official FM radio support to their phones.

Samsung now joins other manufacturers like LG, Alcatel, and Motorola who have agreed to take this step.

TagStation, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Emmis Communications Corporation.

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Users were already able to stream radio stations through services like iHeartRadio and Pandora. The app also works on devices without an active FM chip by streaming local FM stations over the internet, which uses more battery and data.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai previous year asked Apple to activate the FM radio chips installed in their phones in the interest of public safety. Meanwhile, Apple has confirmed that iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models do not have the FM chip and as such, does not have the capability but did say that the other models were equipped with safety features. FM mechanisms in smartphones commonly use the headphone wire as the FM antenna, to the extent that they won't function without the headphones plugged in.

Samsung and NextRadio are teaming up to enable the FM chip on future devices.

In general, most smartphones offer FM chips for sale, but they are mostly not enabled in the devices themselves due to many reasons.