Samsung joins with NextRadio to unlock FM chip in upcoming phones

13 January, 2018, 01:55 | Author: Juana Mckenzie
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       By John Hoff

This means you'll be able to listen to FM radio on your Samsung smartphone.

Most smartphones ship with FM chips, but they are usually not enabled for various reasons. Aside from the nostalgia factor, FM radio broadcasts can be life-saving, especially in emergency situations when information is transmitted via radio waves. Aside from Samsung, LG, Motorola, and Alcatel have also chose to activate the FM chips in their smartphones.

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Samsung, in cooperation with the NextRadio app, has announced that it will be unlocking the FM radio chip in upcoming devices it will be releasing in the USA and Canada.

Samsung now joins other manufacturers like LG, Alcatel, and Motorola who have agreed to take this step. TagStation, LLC has developed the TagStation® service to provide radio stations with artist and title information and unique interactivity with listeners.

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There are no hardware changes, as FM receivers are already present in most smartphones - it's just not all smartphone makers activate them. Apple, however, has declined to do so, saying the latest generation iPhones do not have the FM radio chips. 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 a year ago.

Further reports reveal that the activation will not require any additional hardware, especially since smartphones are typically made with support for FM chips. APPLE has contended that there is no such tuner chip in recent editions of the iPHONE, a contention challenged by radio interests supporting the chip's deployment.

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