Samsung Will Reportedly Unlock FM Chip in Future Smartphones

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Samsung recently announced its collaboration with TagStation to enable FM radio on its Galaxy smartphones through its NextRadio app.

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 USA and Canada.

Apple has removed the FM Chip from its more recent iPhones.

This step will enable Samsung users to connect directly with the NextRadio app and listen to their favorite local stations. This will be available in Samsung new smartphones in the U.S. and Canada.

"Samsung should be lauded for taking this important step", said Paul Brenner, President of NextRadio powered by TagStation in a statement. "They are providing their customers a more engaging, immersive radio experience and, as importantly, a means to connect with life-saving information in emergencies".

With the NextRadio app, you can also routinely listen to free music and local news while consuming far less battery and data than through streaming services like Spotify or Apple Music. It is simply a matter of smartphone manufacturers enabling the chip for that functionality.

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Cupertino in particular came in for criticism for the lack of an FM radio in iPhone models, following a spate of natural disasters in the USA previous year.

It's easy to forget that inside smartphones - modern marvels that they are - there's a radio, hidden behind all those high-tech bells and whistles.

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

Several smartphones, including all iPhone models before the iPhone 7, come with hardware capable of receiving FM radio signals, but this hardware is usually deactivated.

However small, this feature is likely one that consumers can expect in Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S9 smartphone, which the manufacturer confirmed will be announced in late February.