Emergency ready: Samsung phones to unlock FM chips in their new models

Samsung set to finally unlock FM chip in upcoming devices in US Canada
       By John Hoff

Samsung set to finally unlock FM chip in upcoming devices in US Canada By John Hoff

In a deal with NextRadio, Samsung's Galaxy S9 handsets will come with an activated FM chip, allowing the use of the NextRadio app.

Some smartphone users with an affinity for old-school technology may appreciate having access to FM radio, but TagStation president Paul Brenner also said in a press release that having access to FM radio frequencies could benefit people in emergency situations. "They are providing their customers a more engaging, immersive radio experience and, as importantly, a means to connect with life-saving information in emergencies".

NextRadio's app leverages a phone's built-in FM chip to broadcast local radio stations. We're still hoping smartphone manufacturers like Apple, HTC, Motorola and Xiaomi will ultimately realize they're making a mistake leaving the archaic but useful headphone jack behind, while Samsung is now officially joining an FM radio-reviving movement.

TagStation, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Emmis Communications Corporation.

Users were already able to stream radio stations through services like iHeartRadio and Pandora. It will drain less of your battery than streaming radio apps and you won't need cellular coverage to listen to the radio, so that's quite an intelligent move from Samsung. He noted that access to FM radio aided those affected by recent natural disasters in Puerto Rico, Houston and the Florida coast.

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

Most smartphones ship with FM chips, but they are usually not enabled for various reasons. 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. Apple can not, however, as its newer iPhones do not come equipped with such a chip.

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