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Tech & Science Samsung phones will have functioning FM chips from now on

10:43  12 january  2018
10:43  12 january  2018 Source:   engadget.com

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Samsung is the latest company to team up with NextRadio to bring FM service to its new phones . The company will unlock FM chips in all its upcoming smartphones in the US and Canada. The bulk of smartphones around the world are manufactured with an FM chip

Samsung 's handsets will now allow you to access FM radio signals directly from your smartphone, rather than having to stream them online. Samsung smartphone models will have radio chips The handset, or other phones with activated radio chips , will then double as the only functioning

a screenshot of a cell phone© Provided by Engadget Samsung is the latest company to team up with NextRadio to bring FM service to its new phones. The company will unlock FM chips in all its upcoming smartphones in the US and Canada. The bulk of smartphones around the world are manufactured with an FM chip, but hardware makers often do not unlock them.

Radio might seem outdated, but it has its uses. First of all, it's free. Additionally, the NextRadio app, which connects to local FM stations, uses significantly fewer than traditional streaming services — to the tune of 20 percent less data and three times less battery. And finally, in an emergency, FM radio is much more reliable to send and receive information than other services.

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According to a press release from NextRadio app owner TagStation LLC, Samsung will be the next major phone manufacturer to enable the dormant FM chips in its devices. The FM chips will be switched on in Samsung ’s “upcoming smartphone models

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Samsung isn't the first company to unlock FM chips on its smartphones. LG partnered with NextRadio back in August, and Sprint did it back in 2013. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai asked Apple to activate onboard FM chips in iPhones, given the devastation from last year's hurricane season, but Apple has since clarified its most recent iPhones don't even have FM capability.

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