Samsung Will Reportedly Unlock FM Chip in Future Smartphones

Samsung’s future US smartphones will have active FM radio chips

Following in LG, Motorola and Alcatel's footsteps, the world's largest mobile device vendor wants to support NextRadio's initiative by unlocking the FM chip in "upcoming smartphone models in the USA and Canada".

Samsung should be lauded for taking this important step, They are providing their customers a more engaging, immersive radio experience and, as importantly, a means to connect with life-saving information in emergencies.

Just months after the FCC badgered Apple to do it; Samsung has finally made a decision to unlock the FM chip on its upcoming smartphone models.

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Samsung recently announced its collaboration with TagStation to enable FM radio on its Galaxy smartphones through its NextRadio app. According to NextRadio, Motorola and Alcatel are two others who have taken steps to "meet consumer demand and [provide] a lifeline in emergency situations".

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

FM radio has declined in popularity due to the advent of music apps and streaming services, but a considerable number of smartphones still contain the chip that allows handsets to broadcast radio signals. There are no hardware changes, as FM receivers are already present in most smartphones - it's just not all smartphone makers activate them. Apple can not, however, as its newer iPhones do not come equipped with such a chip. A NextRadio blog adds, "On the heels of widespread natural disasters in Puerto Rico, Houston and the Florida coast, calls have increased for all phone manufacturers to unlock the FM Chip in smartphones as a public safety necessity". It is simply a matter of smartphone manufacturers enabling the chip for that functionality.

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