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Samsung Will Reportedly Unlock FM Chip in Future Smartphones

13 January 2018

Samsung will now unlock the FCC FM chip on future smartphones.

However small, this feature is likely one that consumers can expect in Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S9 smartphone, which the manufacturer confirmed will be announced in late February.

Samsung has partnered with NextRadio, which means that future Samsung-branded smartphones in the USA and Canada will have a working FM radio chip.

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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.

LG, MOTOROLA, and ALCATEL have previously agreed to unlock the chips in their phones.

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. 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.

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

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. 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 previous year.

Many in developing countries rely on FM radio access on smartphones. Apple has declined to do so, saying that iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models do not have FM radio chips.

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Samsung Will Reportedly Unlock FM Chip in Future Smartphones