Samsung's Galaxy S9 Could Have an Unlocked FM Chip

Samsung's Galaxy S9 Could Have an Unlocked FM Chip

Samsung has just announced a partnership with NextRadio that will see that all its future smartphones will have their FM Radio chips enabled in the United States.

An unlocked chip and NextRadio's app allows you to listen to over-the-air FM broadcasts on your phone.

Once enabled, FM radio will be available to Samsung users in the U.S. and Canada.

Future Samsung phones will have a feature that many iPhone users can no longer access: FM radio.


Samsung isn't the first smartphone company to bring official FM radio support to their phones. Apple, however, has declined to do so, saying the latest generation iPhones do not have the FM radio chips. The "feature" will be available to Samsung users in the USA and Canada. With partial funding from NAB Labs, TagStation also developed the NextRadio® hybrid radio apps which use TagStation® cloud services to provide a rich radio listening experience on smartphones, tablets and connected cars by combining the devices' built-in tuner and the internet. It is simply a matter of smartphone manufacturers enabling the chip for that functionality.

"Samsung should be lauded for taking this important step", NextRadio President Paul Brenner said in a press release. He noted that access to FM radio aided those affected by recent natural disasters in Puerto Rico, Houston and the Florida coast.

Most modern smartphones have chipsets that have an FM chip. Approximately 44% of USA smartphones have their FM chips enabled, according to the FCC. Meanwhile, Apple has confirmed that iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models do not have the FM chip and as such, does not have the capability but did say that the other models were equipped with safety features.

Most smartphones ship with FM chips, but they are usually not enabled for various reasons.

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