Future Samsung devices will come with an unlocked FM radio chip

Yolanda Curtis
January 13, 2018

The world's largest Android smartphone maker has agreed to unlock the FM chip in upcoming handsets sold in the USA and Canada, according to NextRadio, maker of an FM radio app. Samsung itself did not immediately respond to PCMag's request for comment about NextRadio's announcement. In any case, if you'll get any of Samsung's future smartphones that will have their FM Radio chips unlocked, then you will be able to connect directly with the NextRadio app and listen to your favorite local stations. According to NextRadio, Motorola and Alcatel are two others who have taken steps to "meet consumer demand and [provide] a lifeline in emergency situations".

In a statement announcing the Samsung partnership this week, NextRadio president Paul Brenner said that Samsung's decision to unlock the FM chip will provide "a means to connect with life-saving information in emergencies". Apple, however, has declined to do so, saying the latest generation iPhones do not have the FM radio chips.


Samsung isn't the first smartphone company to bring official FM radio support to their phones.

Several smartphones, including the iPhone, came with hardware which was capable of receiving FM radio signals, but was deactivated.


The majority of smartphones sold in this country contain FM chips, Pai pointed out. 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. It is simply a matter of smartphone manufacturers enabling the chip for that functionality. But many iPhone users don't have the same luxury, as Apple confirmed to the FCC in September 2017 that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 do not include the FM radio chip.


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