March 19, 2018

Samsung's upcoming smartphones to feature unlocked FM chips

13 January 2018, 01:49 | Marlene Myers

Samsung set to finally unlock FM chip in upcoming devices in US, Canada

Future Samsung devices will come with an unlocked FM radio chip

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 US and Canada".

"Samsung should be lauded for taking this important step", said NextRadio President Paul Brenner in a statement. This prompted the FCC to push smartphone makers to active the FM chips found in most of their devices to allow users to access radio.

The company announced Tuesday that its upcoming devices will contain unlocked FM radio chips. 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 has developed the TagStation® service to provide radio stations with artist and title information and unique interactivity with listeners.

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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. Connecting to radio directly through the FM chip will use less data and less phone battery.

In times of disaster or emergencies and cellular coverage is unavailable, the FM Chip will provides what could be life-saving information from local radio stations.

"Many smartphones in the world are manufactured with hardware capable of receiving free FM radio signals", a NextRadio blog post reads. FM mechanisms in smartphones commonly use the headphone wire as the FM antenna, to the extent that they won't function without the headphones plugged in. Meanwhile, Apple has confirmed that iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models do not have the FM chip and as such, does not have the capability but did say that the other models were equipped with safety features.

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