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Samsung's Upcoming Smartphones Will Have Active FM Chips

Samsung's Upcoming Smartphones Will Have Active FM Chips”

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. LG announced recently that it was going to unlock the FM chips on its handsets a few months back in partnership with NextRadio.

An FM radio chip is available in most phones, but it's typically.

Samsung has partnered with NextRadio, which means that future Samsung-branded smartphones in the USA and Canada will have a working FM radio chip.

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NextRadio was developed by TagStation, which uses its cloud services to provide radio connectivity to FM-enabled devices through a device's built-in tuner and the internet. It will drain less of your battery than streaming radio apps and you won't need cellular coverage to listen to the radio, so that's quite an intelligent move from Samsung.

The benefits of this go beyond entertainment. "They are providing their customers a more engaging, immersive radio experience and, as importantly, a means to connect with life-saving information in emergencies". Recent widespread natural disasters in Puerto Rico and Houston have increased pressure on all smartphone manufacturers to unlock the FM chip as a matter of public safety. 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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