Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Samsung Smartphones To Get Enabled FM Chips In The US

Samsung Smartphones To Get Enabled FM Chips In The US

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 US and Canada".

"Samsung should be lauded for taking this important step", said Paul Brenner, President of NextRadio powered by TagStation in a statement. Aside from the nostalgia factor, FM radio broadcasts can be life-saving, especially in emergency situations when information is transmitted via radio waves. This means that most smartphones - given the right app and access to said chip - have the capability to receive free FM radio signals. Aside from Samsung, LG, Motorola, and Alcatel have also chose to activate the FM chips in their smartphones. Samsung is joining LG, Motorola, and Alcatel in this move, and there is a lot of logic behind it.

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. Connecting to radio directly through the FM chip will use less data and less phone battery. Apple, however, has declined to do so, saying the latest generation iPhones do not have the FM radio chips. It is simply a matter of smartphone manufacturers enabling the chip for that functionality.

Further reports reveal that the activation will not require any additional hardware, especially since smartphones are typically made with support for FM chips.

Unfortunately, NextRadio didn't care to elaborate in a fresh press release announcing its partnership with Samsung exactly when the chaebol plans to enable the dormant component present in every one of its Android handsets.

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