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Samsung Will Reportedly Unlock FM Chip in Future Smartphones

13 January, 2018, 01:49 | Author: Lloyd Doyle
  • Future Samsung devices will come with an unlocked FM radio chip

Samsung and NextRadio are teaming up to enable the FM chip on future devices.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus will come with an active FM chip in the United States and Canada, Samsung has teamed up with NextRadio. But local radio stations could still be able to function, and your phone's FM chip doesn't need an LTE signal.

This progressive venture of unlocking the FM Chip by market leaders like Samsung will allow the global users of the company to directly connect with the NextRadio app. Tune in to their favorite local stations and also enjoy optimised battery life and less data usage than streaming radio apps.

Some smartphone users with an affinity for old-school technology may appreciate having access to FM radio, but TagStation president Paul Brenner also said in a press release that having access to FM radio frequencies could benefit people in emergency situations.


NextRadio was developed by TagStation, which uses its cloud services to provide radio connectivity to FM-enabled devices through a device's built-in tuner and the internet.

Apple has removed the FM Chip from its more recent iPhones.

"Many smartphones in the world are manufactured with hardware capable of receiving free FM radio signals", a NextRadio blog post reads. It is simply a matter of smartphone manufacturers enabling the chip for that functionality.

At the time, Apple claimed their newer phones didn't contain these chips to begin with and thus could not activate them upon request. Meanwhile, Apple has confirmed that iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models do not have the FM chip and as such, does not have the capability but did say that the other models were equipped with safety features.

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