Future Samsung devices will come with an unlocked FM radio chip

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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. Word has it that future Samsung smartphones will have a new feature: FM radio.

Either way, it's important to remember not just the convenience of the 1933-invented FM radio broadcasting technology, but also its vital potential of conveying life-saving information in emergency situations.

Samsung will now unlock the FCC FM chip on future smartphones. This uses less battery and less data than streaming radio apps. Samsung is joining LG, Motorola, and Alcatel in this move, and there is a lot of logic behind it. TagStation, LLC has developed the TagStation® service to provide radio stations with artist and title information and unique interactivity with listeners.

"Many smartphones in the world are manufactured with hardware capable of receiving free FM radio signals", a NextRadio blog post reads. If the mobile internet is down, having access to local radio stations through an FM chip would be an invaluable asset.

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Most smartphones ship with FM chips, but they are usually not enabled for various reasons. It is simply a matter of smartphone manufacturers enabling the chip for that functionality.

Further reports reveal that the activation will not require any additional hardware, especially since smartphones are typically made with support for FM chips.

In a statement Apple said: "iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models do not have FM radio chips in them nor do they have antennas created to support FM signals, so it is not possible to enable FM reception in these products".

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