Soon you can listen to the radio directly from your Samsung phone

Future Samsung devices will come with an unlocked FM radio chip

Samsung has just announced a partnership with NextRadio that will see that all its future smartphones will have their FM Radio chips enabled in the United States. Users with unlocked FM chips can download NextRadio's app and tune into FM stations in their area.

Samsung isn't the first smartphone company to bring official FM radio support to their phones.

"SAMSUNG should be lauded for taking this important step", said TAGSTATION Pres. PAUL BRENNER.

Samsung and NextRadio are teaming up to enable the FM chip on future devices.

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With the NextRadio app, you can also routinely listen to free music and local news while consuming far less battery and data than through streaming services like Spotify or Apple Music. Aside from the nostalgia factor, FM radio broadcasts can be life-saving, especially in emergency situations when information is transmitted via radio waves.

Several smartphones, including the iPhone, came with hardware which was capable of receiving FM radio signals, but was deactivated. By activating the FM chip, users will be able to stay up to date by easily disseminating information over the radio. The company will start mass production of the world's first 512GB embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS), implying that the next-gen smartphones will be able to offer double the storage, of what it could previous year.

At the time, Apple claimed their newer phones didn't contain these chips to begin with and thus could not activate them upon request.

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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