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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: 1437; 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: 1437; 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: 1511; 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: 7; 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: 185; 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: 1026; 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: 5845; 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: 3012; 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: 1511; 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: 3012; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Say wha...?

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 04:06 9

10. darkkjedii (Posts: 11767; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Should've been included.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 04:26 13

11. N-fanboy (Posts: 538; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)


Cheap Cheap samsung....

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 05:43 3

23. easymomo (Posts: 89; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


Yeah Yeah, are overpriced devices better ?

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 04:29 8

12. Loubielou (Posts: 223; 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: 1026; 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: 625; 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: 1085; 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: 773; 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: 108; 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: 107; 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: 3012; 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: 133; 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: 318; 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.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 07:25 3

29. recond9 (Posts: 49; Member since: 11 Jan 2013)


Lol,i am sure that ''their studies''were made in US or some other rich country, because here in Europe we use it quite often.
Me at least...

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 09:19 2

33. KingKai (Posts: 9; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)


samsung put so many sensors on this phone and forgot about the radio it seems..

posted on 25 Apr 2013, 15:51

44. javase (Posts: 3; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)


They have added many sensors like temperature meter barometer. They 've also added health care application. But they excluded FM receiver. They care more about our health and our money (buy online FM streaming). They are push to this direction so that they can trace us by our biological data ;) . Just think of it! Don't even think that companies care about our health ;) .

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 11:16 2

34. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1007; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


When I upgraded from the HTC Inspire to the Galaxy S3, I didnt like the fact that it doesnt come with a FM Radio installed. I miss having the FM radio because it makes my work day alot better than downloading podcasts from ESPN Radio and others. Samsung should include the FM Radio. I dont think it hurts the consumer by adding it

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 20:36 2

41. techonolodge (Posts: 4; Member since: 01 Apr 2013)


The FM radio is one of my favorite features of my HTC Inspire. It's the only feature that NEVER crashes, and I use it constantly when I'm traveling for work when I'm in hotels. I'm looking forward to getting the S4 (my upgrade from my pos Inspire), but no radio greatly bothers me. I feel that it's a minute thing to add as well...now I'll be forced to use data to get any radio...smh

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 13:36

36. Stuntman (Posts: 727; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


I don't need an FM radio. However, an FM transmitter would be nice to play my music from my phone on legacy devices like my home stereo system.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 14:31 3

37. paul48 (Posts: 17; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


I want a Smartphone to be an 'all-in-one' device when outdoors - no space in pocket for multiple gadgets. Being able to tune in local FM radio is very useful when travelling, and also is a useful source of news when there is no internet signal. I thought a hallmark of Samsung Galaxy range was supposed to be they ticked all the features, so why destroy that image with the GS4 ?

As many have pointed out, FM radio is part of the Broadcom radio chipset that most smartphones use, so why leave it disconnected ?

posted on 22 Apr 2013, 16:00

40. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 294; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Possibly space conservation

posted on 07 Jul 2013, 00:03

50. Aendil (Posts: 5; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


No, it is not space issue.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 18:39 2

38. shahulvm (Posts: 116; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)


Absolute truth is carriers have always pushed the OEM's to disable the FM Radio so that the consumers pay for the internet radio via data usage...

posted on 25 Apr 2013, 15:41 1

43. javase (Posts: 3; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)


So the question is "Are you they going to push us to do what they want???"

I don't think so.. There are so many other options. Have you seen ZTE Grand S. Gorgeous display and Ultra Thin phone (Only 6.49mm!!!) ? Very cool phone.. !

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 20:01 3

39. vincent95 (Posts: 17; Member since: 19 May 2012)


My HTC Thunderbolt has an FM radio, and I use it a lot. I guess there'll be no GS4 for me!

posted on 25 Apr 2013, 15:35 1

42. javase (Posts: 3; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)


I am Definetely not going to buy SGS 4. :( .. Now i'am trying to find another option. I use radio when i'am walking from home to gym and while exercising. And when a song sounds good to me i record it so that i will not forget it. And when i'm back at home i search for this songs title.. :D

posted on 07 May 2013, 08:58 1

45. skyguy7567 (Posts: 148; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)


I always listen to the radio, which has an excellent reception on my Xperia Z.

posted on 14 May 2013, 17:44 1

46. EdemilsonLima (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 May 2013)


Sony MW600 stereo bluetooth earphone with FM radio is the right companion for a Galaxy S4. :)

posted on 22 May 2013, 22:33 1

47. rkg1957a (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 May 2013)


I have EVO lte on Sprint and use FM radio very extensively. Especially at the gym where all the TVs are set to transmit/broadcast on FM channels. Also, I have my home entertainment system transmitting to FM and thus I can watch and listen to TV even when muted or other noise present. I will not go to any other phone if it doesn't have a FM tuner even though I like the S4 very much. I hope Samsung puts the tuner in its next version hopefully soon

posted on 22 Jun 2013, 07:37

48. DibelDibil (Posts: 27; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


the s4 reads FLAC, why bother with FM radio!?

posted on 06 Jul 2013, 23:59

49. Aendil (Posts: 5; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Samsung does not have single S4 model. The one without radio is the one being sold by US telecoms. You know there they sell FM quality over LTE just to pay off for the investments in base stations and phone towers. And the populace is satisfied for paying $80/mo for traffic like songs that do normally go over the radio.
I purposely look for pone with FM with RDS when shopping for a telephone.
And all the rest - fall off the list.
Just like the well priced Samsung Galaxy Express I437 perfect but without FM.
Instead they have put streaming radio that gobbles up traffic like mad.
FU Samsung!

posted on 13 Jul 2013, 11:44

51. John14.6 (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Jul 2013)


I consider, for my purposes, the inclusion of the FM Radio as a given. The FM radio is not, or should not be a special feature. It should be included as just one of those features
every phone should have.
For those that say it should not be included simply because they do not us it, consider this:
A car has a horn, do you use that feature every day? Admittedly, some people do., but even if you don't, you sure would appreciate having it whether you need it or not. I use the FM radio just about every day.
If some do not have use of the camera, should Samsung leave that feature out? I can upgrade but will it might not be Samsung until that feature is restored. As of now I am considering other phones that have the FM radio included.

posted on 15 Sep 2013, 12:36

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


Please!

Most internet streams are heavily compressed and sound like a garbled gurgling mess. Though some radio stations go on the cheap and play MP3s, some actually use lossless CD rips and have an excellent sounding signal on the air that can't even be touched by the internet ready lossy compressed audio out there!

Not to mention, there's no data plan usage when listening to an FM station!

posted on 17 Nov 2013, 11:33

54. mptigert (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


I used FM radio quite a bit on my phone. Mainly for local sports broadcast. Because apps like iheartradio blackout local sports broadcasts using those apps became useless. I definitely miss my fm tuner.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 15:23

55. InternerdX (Posts: 2; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)


I am not too worried about the fate of radio with internet providing almost limitless access to all kinds of content. One thing I am concerned about is the removal or disabling of the FM tuners in newer smartphones. This means you have to rely on good cell coverage or wifi to tune into a digital app rather rather than your local FM transmission and thus local content. There are a lot of small local radio stations that will suffer. It's not as if the new phones aren't capable of having the FM transmitters installed because of space-the newer smartphones are a getting larger by the year. My fear is that the cell service providers don't want the phone manufacturers to have FM enabled so that users will use more data over their cell service thus incurring billable charges. It is hard not being cynical looking at the developments in the technology in this regard. It's impossible to buy a newer smartphone with an FM tuner enabled. I have had to downgrade from a Samsung Galaxy S3 to the S2 in order to have this technology. All the providers want to get in on the iTunes Apple success selling content.
Long live FM radio, long live the CBC!
Jp Boudreau

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 15:32

56. InternerdX (Posts: 2; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)


And here's a repost of my excellent brother's comment to my post: great research on the subject of why all smartphone makers,not just Samsung are disabling their FM transceivers.
-------
Jacques Boudreau
I'm no P.I. but by following the money trail you get an idea of how important Data Usage is to Cell Phone Industry's bottom line. Fm radio tuners on Smart-phones would get in the way of maximizing Data usage. Rogers Data Revenues for all of 2013 were $3.175 Billion dollars or 49% of their entire Network revenues. Making calls on cell phones are becoming secondary to surfing the net, etc. as noted in Rogers Financial Statements -2013 - "Data revenue was 13% higher this quarter than the same period last year, mainly because of the continued penetration and growing use of smart-phones, tablet devices and wireless laptops, which are increasing the use of e-mail, wireless, Internet access, text messaging and other wireless data services. Data revenue represented approximately 49% of total network revenue this quarter, compared to approximately 42% in the same period last year. "ca.finance.yahoo.com/.../rogers-communications... All phone makers, like Samsung, are fully aware of what their customers, like Rogers, want and that's a way to ever increase profits. Case closed!

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