Soon you can listen to the radio directly from your Samsung phone

Samsung’s future US smartphones will have active FM radio chips

Samsung’s future US smartphones will have active FM radio chips

As reported by NextRadio app owner TagStation LLC, Samsung is slated to be the next giant phone manufacturing conglomerate to revive the inactive FM chips in its devices.

Many in developing countries rely on FM radio access on smartphones.

Future Samsung phones will have a feature that many iPhone users can no longer access: FM radio.

"Samsung should be lauded for taking this important step", said Paul Brenner, President of NextRadio powered by TagStation. Apple, however, has declined to do so, saying the latest generation iPhones do not have the FM radio chips.

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During the breakout of the Hurricane Harvey, Ajit Pai, the Chairman of Federal Communications Commission issued a public statement imploring the wireless industry to activate these inactive FM chips so that they could serve as lifelines for people in emergency situations. 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.

NextRadio is a broadcaster-backed app that works with smartphones containing active FM chips (including devices from HTC, Motorola, and LG), letting users listen to local radio stations. If Samsung's FM hardware is engineered like most smartphones, its devices would need a headphone jack and a pair of wired headphones. The company will start mass production of the world's first 512GB embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS), implying that the next-gen smartphones will be able to offer double the storage, of what it could past year.

In a deal with NextRadio, Samsung's Galaxy S9 handsets will come with an activated FM chip, allowing the use of the NextRadio app. Adding to the confusion, an extensive list of "supported devices" on NextRadio app's official website includes a whole bunch of unlocked and USA carrier-specific Galaxies.

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