Samsung has committed to unlocking the FM radio chip in its upcoming handsets. This will allow owners of Samsung phones in the U.S. and Canada to listen to FM radio without the need to be connected to the internet. This is thanks to an ongoing partnership with NextRadio.
It’s a little-known fact that most smartphones have the capability of receiving FM radio signals. The technology is present in the hardware, but many manufacturers and/or carriers don’t activate the chip. Some are starting to see the light though, including Apple’s nemesis, Samsung.
Samsung Commits Support for FM Radio
To be clear, Samsung has been supporting the NextRadio app for a while now. If you check the list of supported devices on the NextRadio website you’ll find lots of Samsung phones. The news here is just that Samsung has committed to carrying on that support with its next batch of handsets.
In its press release, Paul Brenner, President of NextRadio, said, “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.”
We have previously published a guide to unlocking the FM radio chip in your smartphone using the NextRadio app. But it should be noted that other radio tuner apps are available. It’s also worth checking to see if your smartphone is supported before you bother downloading the app.
Apple Thinks FM Radio Is Unnecessary
This isn’t exactly groundbreaking news. Essentially, Samsung is just reupping its support for unlocking the FM radio chip in smartphones. However, Apple has refused to entertain the idea of doing the same, claiming that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 don’t even have the necessary chip.
Is your smartphone capable of receiving FM radio signals? If so, have you installed the NextRadio app to access local stations? Do you think the FM radio chip should be activated as standard? Or can you understand why that isn’t always the case? Please let us know in the comments below!
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