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

Although there are several apps that connect the smartphone to nearby radio stations such as iHeartRadio and Pandora connecting directly to the radio will consume less data and save phones battery

Future Samsung devices will come with an unlocked FM radio chip

However, the difference is that not all tech companies activate it, which is where Samsung hopes to step forward by reviving FM radio in their smartphones that will be released for the USA and Canada.

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".

The company hopes that the FM Chip will provide life-saving information from local radio stations.

Samsung has joined LG, Alcatel and Motorola, who're all already part of the initiative (via Neowin).

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NextRadio was developed by TagStation, which uses its cloud services to provide radio connectivity to FM-enabled devices through a device's built-in tuner and the internet. The capability will allow users to connect directly to the NextRadio app and listen to their favorite tracks, while simultaneously saving battery life as well as data.

Most modern smartphones have chipsets that have an FM chip. Now, however, NextRadio has confirmed that Samsung will be the latest manufacturer to unlock the chip in its upcoming smartphones, in partnership with them. Apple can not, however, as its newer iPhones do not come equipped with such a chip. It is simply a matter of smartphone manufacturers enabling the chip for that functionality.

The FCC previously asked Apple to unlock the radio chip in their smartphones, although Apple revealed that iPhones from the iPhone 7 onward do not actually have the hardware installed.

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