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Samsung explains why there's no FM radio in the Galaxy S4

Samsung explains why there's no FM radio in the Galaxy S4
Have you wondered why the Galaxy S4, which is probably the most feature-rich phone we can think of, lacks a simple thing like an FM radio? Well, we now may have an explanation as to why Samsung decided to leave this out, and no, it doesn't seem to be a technical issue.

Mail.ru reports that Samsung Russia has answered their inquiry with regards to the absence of an FM radio in the GS4, and here's the translated response they have received:

Our studies show a trend shift of interest to digital broadcasting - namely, the focus on listening to music content on social networks or on YouTube. The flagship model of our devices is targeted at customers who use digital content, modern formats and channels of information consumption.

There you have it - no one cares for good old FM anymore! Or is that so? We aren't really sure why Samsung would leave the FM radio out, in case it doesn't present a technical obstacle of some sort. Samsung is definitely not the kind of company that would avoid putting too many features in its products, like some others try to do, so this kind of answer doesn't seem completely honest to us.

What do you, guys, think about this? Will you miss having an FM radio in the GS4?

source: Mail.ru (translated) via SamMobile

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posted on 17 Apr 2013, 03:43 11

1. tiara6918 (Posts: 2065; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Hey no appz and gamezzz guy...
Windows Phone offers FM radio

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 03:47 2

2. tiara6918 (Posts: 2065; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


LOL for this comment I read in another site

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 03:58 19

6. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Android too supports fm radio...
it's not an OS problem...

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 03:51 4

3. Brodrick30 (Posts: 8; Member since: 31 Oct 2012)


if you go to the att site they have the s4 listed as having a fm radio under the details section.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 03:55 8

4. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 256; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


My current phone has no FM radio, but my last two phones had FM radio's that I never used.
But I still miss not having an FM radio.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 04:34 17

15. boosook (Posts: 1437; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Why? You never used it when you had it!

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 03:58 10

5. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


And then there is streaming from the FM radio web sites. Of course the streaming will kill your data allowance....

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 08:56

32. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4000; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Doesn't make sense 'streaming' FM radio contents does it?

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 13:19 4

35. rcrider4 (Posts: 118; Member since: 14 Nov 2011)


And that is why I love having unlimited data :P

posted on 15 Sep 2013, 12:40

53. TreeSquirrel (Posts: 2; Member since: 15 Sep 2013)


Not to mention they compress the audio so much that it sounds muffled, garbled and dull...

As dated as the FM broadcast scheme is, its sound reproduction quality beats the crap out of 99% of those muddy sounding streams on those popular radio apps out there!

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 04:00 3

7. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


I will not miss fm radio as long as I'm connected to internet.....but still i will miss it..

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 04:31 5

13. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4000; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Say wha...?

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 04:06 9

10. darkkjedii (Posts: 22013; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Should've been included.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 04:26 13

11. N-fanboy (Posts: 543; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)


Cheap Cheap samsung....

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 05:43 3

23. easymomo (Posts: 91; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


Yeah Yeah, are overpriced devices better ?

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 04:29 8

12. Loubielou (Posts: 512; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


The F.M Radio as been one of the main Functions on mobiles,an Samsung have made a Big mistake leaving this function out of the S4,they are thinking the paying to use the internet radio is Cheaper,but this will make the S4 more Expensive to Buy an Run,some will stay loyal to the S3 or look for another High Class phone that offers the Radio ,I bet we get Samsung Galaxy S4s that's as the Radio on it in 3/4 of this year

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 04:35 1

16. boosook (Posts: 1437; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


I'd be curious to know how frequently you use the radio on your phone... ;)

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 04:32 5

14. gazmatic (Posts: 795; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


there is fm receiver and fm transmitter.... i miss my n900

i could listen to my songs on the radio

who stills listens to the radio?

oh yes... i remember when they were bashing wp8 for not having fm radio....

i guess the s4 will get a pass because it is android.... for doing the exact same thing for the exact same reasons as microsoft

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 04:47 10

17. alterecho (Posts: 1098; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


They were bashing the iPhone too for the lack of that feature. Samsung's fans will do a u-turn now.

People do listen to FM. Specially in remote areas. Nothing can beat the liveliness of listening to FM.

Motorola too ditched the feature in the RAZR M, due to which, it fell short of being the perfect device with awesome dimensions.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 04:48 5

18. wendygarett (unregistered)


Never been a deal breaker for me, anyway well done Samsung, for listening customers and the research data prove that ^__^

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 06:10 5

24. pyradark (Posts: 864; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)


LOL
there are a lot of countries that has low speed internet, and they love listening to radio without any buffer.
so a big thumbs down for S4!!! hahahaha

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 05:20 1

19. iluvsmartphonexpdx (Posts: 48; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


Well in case in emergency like war or something, you are able to get connected...

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 05:38 4

20. district11 (Posts: 125; Member since: 17 Apr 2011)


I have fm radio on my SGS 1, but i never used it.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 05:40 3

21. eliasafram7 (Posts: 83; Member since: 18 Mar 2013)


people blaming samsung for not putting FM radio in its galaxy S4 why you don't blame apple for not putting FM radio for any iphone devices

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 05:42 1

22. yajia1 (Posts: 151; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)


Seriously? Leaving out FM Radio is a big issue? Buy a 10 $ nokia phone with Radio. Problem solved. Lol. My S3 had a Radio. Never used it. My brothers and cousins have radios on their phones. Never used it. My grandpa has a 10 $ nokia phone with radio, he uses it everytime. Grandpas dont buy top-of-the-line flagships. All people do is whine on a useless feature Samsung chooses to leave on out just so they could whine and say, "Gotcha! You dont have radio, you're useless!" Like, wtf?! Radio??? Again, buy a 10 $ nokia phone with radio, grandpas.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 06:31 7

26. kostas12ldb (Posts: 51; Member since: 18 Feb 2013)


WTF are you talking about?!?
FM Radio is vital to countries that do not have VAST internet contracts with their providers (which happens in most cases if you exclude USA, Japan and a FEW more countries).
And, with your logic:
1) Why should your device have a music player? Go buy an mp3 player for that.
2) Why should it have a camera? Go buy a real camera for taking pictures.
3) Why have MONSTROUS CPU power? Use a PC for your needs.
Make a nice little collection of devices and carry them with you all the time!!!
Adding FM Radio is not like Nuclear Physics, and does NOT require extra space! Most hardware is there anyway!

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 06:47 1

28. meroramroid6 (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Apr 2013)


That's the point!!! for those grandsons :) who don't understand the imortance of fm radio.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 08:50

31. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4000; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


You just immortalized (+)the importance of FM radio in one word: "Imortance".

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 06:33

27. aries.phills (Posts: 140; Member since: 17 May 2011)


Trust me, FM radio is really not a deal breaker for people that purchase flagship devices. I never recalled ever using that feature on my S2, nor my previous Nokia devices. Not even my Blackberry Bold 9900. I don't even know if it has the feature. I asked some of my friends if they use their FM radio on there flagship devices and the response was a total "never". Although some of them still wouldn't mind having the feature on their phones. However, most of my colleagues that use feature phones responded a yes to listening FM radio on their phones.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 08:06 8

30. ahhxd717 (Posts: 332; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)


Jesus Christ people, you are not the only person in the world. Lots of people still use FM radio, especially in countries with a lack of high speed data coverage. Stop making excuses for a company omitting a feature people still find useful. Just because you don't use it, doesn't mean it's not useful.

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