Future Samsung devices will come with an unlocked FM radio chip

Future Samsung devices will come with an unlocked FM radio chip

Unfortunately, that probably means the decision doesn't apply retroactively, so numerous smartphones that are now available in the USA will not have their FM Radio chips enabled.

Samsung has partnered with NextRadio, which means that future Samsung-branded smartphones in the United States and Canada will have a working FM radio chip.

Samsung has just announced a partnership with NextRadio that will see that all its future smartphones will have their FM Radio chips enabled in the United States.

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.

Following LG's recent deal, Samsung is partnering with NextRadio to unlock the FM chips in its smartphones. Given that the hardware for most phones is usually ready to receive FM radio signals, another big reason is that listening to radio via the FM chip uses less battery and data than streaming radio apps. These streaming services offer many, many features that FM radio can't - on-demand access, a lack of advertisements, control over what plays, and more - but there's one important thing they can't provide: access to information when the Internet is down. You can stream them, listen to the radio, watch music videos, and the old methods (like vinyl) are still humming along ...

Samsung now joins other manufacturers like LG, Alcatel, and Motorola who have agreed to take this step.

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