Samsung is partnering with NextRadio to Unlock FM Chips in Smartphones

Future Samsung devices will come with an unlocked FM radio chip

The beloved FM radio is getting a mobile revival with news that Samsung is teaming up with NextRadio to unlock the FM chips in new Samsung devices in the U.S. and Canada. With the FM chip enabled, you will be able to access local FM radio broadcasts right from your phone. Word has it that future Samsung smartphones will have a new feature: FM radio. With this move, Samsung joins LG, Motorola and Alcatel in taking the step to both meet consumer demand and to provide a lifeline in emergency situations.

Users were already able to stream radio stations through services like iHeartRadio and Pandora.

"Many smartphones in the world are manufactured with hardware capable of receiving free FM radio signals", a NextRadio blog post reads.

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Most smartphones ship with FM chips, but they are usually not enabled for various reasons. "They are providing their customers a more engaging, immersive radio experience and, as importantly, a means to connect with life-saving information in emergencies". Apple, however, has declined to do so, saying the latest generation iPhones do not have the FM radio chips. The capability will allow users to connect directly to the NextRadio app and listen to their favorite tracks, while simultaneously saving battery life as well as data. The company will start mass production of the world's first 512GB embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS), implying that the next-gen smartphones will be able to offer double the storage, of what it could past year.

The majority of smartphones sold in this country contain FM chips, Pai pointed out.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai previous year asked Apple to activate the FM radio chips installed in their phones in the interest of public safety.

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