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Samsung is the latest OEM to unlock FM chips in new phones

Samsung is the latest OEM to unlock FM chips in new phones

Word has it that future Samsung smartphones will have a new feature: FM radio. A NextRadio blog adds, "On the heels of widespread natural disasters in Puerto Rico, Houston and the Florida coast, calls have increased for all phone manufacturers to unlock the FM Chip in smartphones as a public safety necessity". If the mobile internet is down, having access to local radio stations through an FM chip would be an invaluable asset.

Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma caused some awful destruction. The same company has now teamed up with Samsung which means that the Korean giant's upcoming smartphones in the US will have their FM chip enabled. The app allows users to connect to their local FM broadcast stations, which uses less battery life than streaming does, which can be vital in emergency areas that don't have power or wireless carrier signal.

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As reported by NextRadio app owner TagStation LLC, Samsung is slated to be the next giant phone manufacturing conglomerate to revive the inactive FM chips in its devices. With this move, Samsung joins LG, Motorola and Alcatel in taking the step to both meet consumer demand and to provide a lifeline in emergency situations. But, as of the fall of 2016, less than half of them had been activated. If Samsung's FM hardware is engineered like most smartphones, its devices would need a headphone jack and a pair of wired headphones. Most phones can't use them, but it looks like that's changing.

NextRadio has announced that Samsung is the latest device OEM to expand its support for NextRadio by unlocking the FM chip in its upcoming smartphone models in the United States and Canada.


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