Samsung To Unlock FM Chips and Partners With NextRadio

Samsung To Unlock FM Chips and Partners With NextRadio

By activating the FM chip, users will be able to stay up to date by easily disseminating information over the radio. However, the difference is that not all tech companies activate it, which is where Samsung hopes to step forward by reviving FM radio in their smartphones that will be released for the USA and Canada.

Once enabled, FM radio will be available to Samsung users in the USA and Canada. The FM chips will be switched on in Samsung's "upcoming smartphone models", which will allow users to listen to local radio stations. 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.

An FM radio chip is available in most phones, but it's typically.

But we're guessing the feature's unlocking was previously up to every individual mobile network operator, and Samsung may now be preparing to enforce a stricter policy of universal activation. Connecting to radio directly through the FM chip will use less data and less phone battery. 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.

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"Samsung should be lauded for taking this important step", said Paul Brenner, President of NextRadio powered by TagStation in a statement.

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 United States a year ago.

FM Radio has fallen off the radar ever since the rise of smartphones and cheaper data. Approximately 44% of United States smartphones have their FM chips enabled, according to the FCC.

Several smartphones, including the iPhone, came with hardware which was capable of receiving FM radio signals, but was deactivated.

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