Samsung joins with NextRadio to unlock FM chip in upcoming phones

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NextRadio says that "upcoming [Samsung] smartphone models" sold in the U.S. and Canada will ship with their FM chip unlocked, though some reports suggest that a few Samsung devices already have this functionality.

Many smartphones shipped in the United States come with an FM chip but they're disabled.

Now Samsung has joined a group of smartphone makers who've agreed to support FM radio in forthcoming devices. FM stations can give people critical information even if a storm wipes out the local Internet infrastructure.

The majority of smartphones sold in this country contain FM chips, Pai pointed out. Aside from the nostalgia factor, FM radio broadcasts can be life-saving, especially in emergency situations when information is transmitted via radio waves. Samsung is joining LG, Motorola, and Alcatel in this move, and there is a lot of logic behind it.

Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma caused some awful destruction.

One would not find FM chips in older devices, possibly because these devices have already passed the FCC, and therefore activating a new radio would require another FCC certification for them. 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 previous year. Quite a number of consumers have shifted to Bluetooth headphones, but they won't work and would remain dysfunctional unless Samsung starts enabling the essential internal FM antenna.

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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