Samsung is partnering with NextRadio to Unlock FM Chips in Smartphones

13 January, 2018, 01:52 | Author: Shannon Newton
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Following in LG, Motorola and Alcatel's footsteps, the world's largest mobile device vendor wants to support NextRadio's initiative by unlocking the FM chip in "upcoming smartphone models in the USA and Canada".

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.

Just months after the FCC badgered Apple to do it; Samsung has finally chose to unlock the FM chip on its upcoming smartphone models.

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Samsung isn't the first smartphone company to bring official FM radio support to their phones.

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Tagstation said that it believes the move could ultimately help you use less battery and data by not relying on streaming services to access FM radio stations. Samsung will continue its support for NextRadio by enabling the FM chip in latest smartphone models in the USA and Canada.

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Many smartphones in the world are manufactured with hardware capable of receiving free FM radio signals. 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.

The companies hope that "when cellular coverage is congested or unavailable, the FM Chip will provide life-saving information from local radio stations", echoing concerns that FCC Chairman Pai voiced earlier in 2017.

The company was (wrongly) accused of blocking the FM radio chips in iPhone handsets, but was quick to point out the iPhone 7, iPhone 8 don't even have them.

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