Samsung Announces Plans to Unlock FM Chips in Next Batch of Phones

Samsung Announces Plans to Unlock FM Chips in Next Batch of Phones

Rare's the flagship smartphone with FM radio, but there's a push to change that.

Despite this, many smartphones no longer offer access to FM radio - some because they entirely lack the hardware to do so, but others because the FM radio chip is disabled.

Following LG's recent deal, Samsung is partnering with NextRadio to unlock the FM chips in its smartphones.

NextRadio has announced that Samsung is the latest device OEM to expand its support for NextRadio by unlocking the FM chip in its upcoming smartphone models in the United States and Canada. Natural disasters in Puerto Rico, Houston and the Florida coast, have increased pressure on phone manufacturers to unlock the FM Chip in smartphones as a matter of public safety.

NextRadio is a service that enables listeners to turn in with their local stations without draining as much battery life and data. For instance, if you don't have a reliable network connection and don't have your favorite music downloaded to your phone, you will be able to access an FM radio broadcast and find some music.

In times of disaster or emergencies and cellular coverage is unavailable, the FM Chip will provides what could be life-saving information from local radio stations. Aji Pai penned a letter requesting that phone manufacturers enable FM in wireless chipsets, and carriers such as AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint are actively encouraging phone makers to activate them.

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