Samsung's Upcoming Handsets Will Feature Unlocked FM Chips

Samsung's Upcoming Handsets Will Feature Unlocked FM Chips

Users with unlocked FM chips can download NextRadio's app and tune into FM stations in their area.

Following the situation in Puerto Rico, regulators and companies like Tagstation, among others, called on major tech companies to unlock their FM chips.

Unfortunately, NextRadio didn't care to elaborate in a fresh press release announcing its partnership with Samsung exactly when the chaebol plans to enable the dormant component present in every one of its Android handsets.

Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma caused some bad destruction. By activating the FM chip, users will be able to stay up to date by easily disseminating information over the radio.

Samsung should be lauded for taking this important step, They are providing their customers a more engaging, immersive radio experience and, as importantly, a means to connect with life-saving information in emergencies. If Samsung's FM hardware is engineered like most smartphones, its devices would need a headphone jack and a pair of wired headphones. It is simply a matter of smartphone manufacturers enabling the chip for that functionality. Quite a number of consumers have shifted to Bluetooth headphones, but they won't work and would remain dysfunctional unless Samsung starts enabling the essential internal FM antenna.

With their FM chips unlocked, Samsung handset owners will be able to listen to free FM radio signals through the free NextRadio app. Samsung, like many other handset makers, has locked FM radio chips in the past, requiring you to stream FM radio signals from over the Internet to access channels. Adding to the confusion, an extensive list of "supported devices" on NextRadio app's official website includes a whole bunch of unlocked and USA carrier-specific Galaxies.