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12 January 2018, 04:06 | Cameron Gross
Samsung set to finally unlock FM chip in upcoming devices in US, Canada
The world's largest Android smartphone maker has agreed to unlock the FM chip in upcoming handsets sold in the USA and Canada, according to NextRadio, maker of an FM radio app. Samsung itself did not immediately respond to PCMag's request for comment about NextRadio's announcement. Aside from the nostalgia factor, FM radio broadcasts can be life-saving, especially in emergency situations when information is transmitted via radio waves. "Market leaders like Samsung are taking the next step of unlocking the FM chip, which will allow Samsung users to connect directly with the NextRadio app, listen to their favorite local stations, and use less battery and less data than streaming radio apps". Furthermore, in the wake of natural disasters in Puerto Rico, Houston, and the Florida coast, it is high time that all phone companies enable the dormant FM chips in smartphones as a public safety measure.Till date, LG, Motorola, and Alcatel have also jumped on the bandwagon following Samsung FM chips, as they have announced that they too will begin enabling FM chips in their devices.
Users were already able to stream radio stations through services like iHeartRadio and Pandora. Founded in 2013, TagStation, LLC is headquartered in Indianapolis, IN with offices in Indianapolis and Chicago, IL. Apple, however, has declined to do so, saying the latest generation iPhones do not have the FM radio chips.
Most smartphones ship with FM chips, but they are usually not enabled for various reasons. FM mechanisms in smartphones commonly use the headphone wire as the FM antenna, to the extent that they won't function without the headphones plugged in.
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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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