Samsung tipped to unlock the FM radios in its smartphones


Samsung will soon be unlocking the FM radio chip in its smartphones in the US and Canada, according to the maker of the NextRadio app.

Note, this isn’t (yet) an official announcement from Samsung itself, but NextRadio owner TagStation claimed that the move will mean owners of the smartphones can listen to broadcast-radio while consuming less mobile data and battery life.

“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,” said TagStation boss Paul Brenner.

Unlocking FM radios in smartphones has become a cause célèbre for the US National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), which has campaigned for handset makers to take this step – the point where Apple had to recently deny that its latest iPhone models even had the chips.

Unlocked FM chips could, of course, provide more competition for music-streaming services on smartphones too.

Stuart Dredge

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