Samsung joins with NextRadio to unlock FM chip in upcoming phones

Samsung set to finally unlock FM chip in upcoming devices in US Canada
     
     
       By John Hoff

Samsung set to finally unlock FM chip in upcoming devices in US Canada By John Hoff

Samsung phone users will be able to access local FM radio through apps like NextRadio, which connects smartphones to nearby radio stations.

"Samsung should be lauded for taking this important step", NextRadio President Paul Brenner said in a press release. This means that most smartphones - given the right app and access to said chip - have the capability to receive free FM radio signals. It will drain less of your battery than streaming radio apps and you won't need cellular coverage to listen to the radio, so that's quite an intelligent move from Samsung. Meanwhile, emergency information came via FM radio signals - which, in many cases, the victims couldn't access, because their chips were locked. FM stations can give people critical information even if a storm wipes out the local Internet infrastructure.

Following the situation in Puerto Rico, regulators and companies like Tagstation, among others, called on major tech companies to unlock their FM chips.

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Cupertino in particular came in for criticism for the lack of an FM radio in iPhone models, following a spate of natural disasters in the U.S. previous year.

Samsung joins LG, Motorola, and Alcatel (a French brand used under license by TCL) in activating their phones' FM chips. 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.

The FCC previously asked Apple to unlock the radio chip in their smartphones, although Apple revealed that iPhones from the iPhone 7 onward do not actually have the hardware installed.

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