Future Samsung devices will come with an unlocked FM radio chip

Samsung’s future US smartphones will have active FM radio chips

This progressive venture of unlocking the FM Chip by market leaders like Samsung will allow the global users of the company to directly connect with the NextRadio app. Tune in to their favorite local stations and also enjoy optimised battery life and less data usage than streaming radio apps. Meanwhile, emergency information came via FM radio signals - which, in many cases, the victims couldn't access, because their chips were locked. According to an official statement, Samsung is the newest smartphone maker that supports NextRadio by unlocking the FM Radio chip in all the upcoming mobile phones in the United States and Canada.

LG, MOTOROLA, and ALCATEL have previously agreed to unlock the chips in their phones.

Users were already able to stream radio stations through services like iHeartRadio and Pandora. Founded in 2013, TagStation, LLC is headquartered in Indianapolis, IN with offices in Indianapolis and Chicago, IL.

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai a year ago asked Apple to activate the FM radio chips installed in their phones in the interest of public safety.

Several smartphones, including all iPhone models before the iPhone 7, come with hardware capable of receiving FM radio signals, but this hardware is usually deactivated. Unfortunately, that probably means the decision doesn't apply retroactively, so numerous smartphones that are now available in the United States will not have their FM Radio chips enabled.

Also, Samsung may bring 512GB storage chip to next-gen smartphones. 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".

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