Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Samsung Smartphones To Get Enabled FM Chips In The US

Samsung Smartphones To Get Enabled FM Chips In The US

This means you'll be able to listen to FM radio on your Samsung smartphone.

Following LG's recent deal, Samsung is partnering with NextRadio to unlock the FM chips in its smartphones. TagStation, LLC has developed the TagStation® service to provide radio stations with artist and title information and unique interactivity with listeners. Contrary to common opinion, FM Radio isn't only for grooving to music but also comes handy in emergency situations because it has greater resilience and coverage of range as compared to a cellular signal.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai previous year asked Apple to activate the FM radio chips installed in their phones in the interest of public safety. Aside from Samsung, LG, Motorola, and Alcatel have also made a decision to activate the FM chips in their smartphones. The "feature" will be available to Samsung users in the USA and Canada. This uses less data and battery power than connecting to radio apps, though of course, there's less control over what you listen to. It is simply a matter of smartphone manufacturers enabling the chip for that functionality.

"Samsung should be lauded for taking this important step", said Paul Brenner, President of NextRadio powered by TagStation in a statement. Approximately 44% of USA smartphones have their FM chips enabled, according to the FCC.

NextRadio says that "upcoming [Samsung] smartphone models" sold in the U.S. and Canada will ship with their FM chip unlocked, though some reports suggest that a few Samsung devices already have this functionality.

The FCC previously asked Apple to unlock the radio chip in their smartphones, although Apple revealed that iPhones from the iPhone 7 onward do not actually have the hardware installed.

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