Samsung is partnering with NextRadio to Unlock FM Chips in Smartphones

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All "upcoming smartphone models" of Samsung will unlock FM chips, which will enable its user base to listen to local radio stations.

Either way, it's important to remember not just the convenience of the 1933-invented FM radio broadcasting technology, but also its vital potential of conveying life-saving information in emergency situations. 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 US and Canada.

Now Samsung has joined a group of smartphone makers who've agreed to support FM radio in forthcoming devices.

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Many smartphones in the world are manufactured with hardware capable of receiving free FM radio signals. The capability will allow users to connect directly to the NextRadio app and listen to their favorite tracks, while simultaneously saving battery life as well as data. A NextRadio blog adds, "On the heels of widespread natural disasters in Puerto Rico, Houston and the Florida coast, calls have increased for all phone manufacturers to unlock the FM Chip in smartphones as a public safety necessity".

Among sensors, biometric scanners and motion cameras, FM receiver is also present which we have forgot from years now as most phones can't use them. Unfortunately, that probably means the decision doesn't apply retroactively, so numerous smartphones that are now available in the U.S. will not have their FM Radio chips enabled. 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. APPLE has contended that there is no such tuner chip in recent editions of the iPHONE, a contention challenged by radio interests supporting the chip's deployment.

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