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".
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.
Samsung is teaming up with NextRadio to revive FM chips in smartphones this year. Contrary to common opinion, FM Radio isn't only for grooving to music but also comes handy in emergency situations because it has greater resilience and coverage of range as compared to a cellular signal.
Apple has removed the FM Chip from its more recent iPhones. The capability will allow users to connect directly to the NextRadio app and listen to their favorite tracks, while simultaneously saving battery life as well as data. FM mechanisms in smartphones commonly use the headphone wire as the FM antenna, to the extent that they won't function without the headphones plugged in.
Samsung should be lauded for taking this important step, They are providing their customers a more engaging, immersive radio experience and, as importantly, a means to connect with life-saving information in emergencies.
The news comes after FCC Chairman Ajit Pai last February pushed for FM radio in U.S. smartphones but argued that companies should not be forced to turn it on. Approximately 44% of USA smartphones have their FM chips enabled, according to the FCC. There are no hardware changes, as FM receivers are already present in most smartphones - it's just not all smartphone makers activate them.