Future Samsung Phones Will Come with FM Radio

Future Samsung devices will come with an unlocked FM radio chip

Future Samsung devices will come with an unlocked FM radio chip

According to a press release from NextRadio app owner TagStation LLC, Samsung will be the next major phone manufacturer to enable the dormant FM chips in their devices.

Samsung and NextRadio are teaming up to enable the FM chip on future devices. The app also works on devices without an active FM chip by streaming local FM stations over the internet, which uses more battery and data.

During the breakout of the Hurricane Harvey, Ajit Pai, the Chairman of Federal Communications Commission issued a public statement imploring the wireless industry to activate these inactive FM chips so that they could serve as lifelines for people in emergency situations.

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.

Samsung now joins other manufacturers like LG, Alcatel, and Motorola who have agreed to take this step. But, as of the fall of 2016, less than half of them had been activated. 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 a year ago. Most phones can't use them, but it looks like that's changing.

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

By joining hands with NextRadio app, Samsung sets out on its glorious humane mission for better emergency readiness and saving lives across the globe, glorifying the wondrous potential of cellular power through its tagline - "Rethink What a Phone Can Do".

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