Galaxy S8's elusive FM radio works like a charm, report T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T subs

Samsung doesn't advertise FM radio connectivity on its new Galaxy S8 and S8+ handsets in the official specification list, but it's there on the Snapdragon version, and the chip is not locked or anything, as it is sometimes the case. Funny enough, people who complain about lack of FM radio on their phones are a very vocal minority, second only to those who say they'll never get a handset without an IR blaster, or with a sealed battery - and these features are getting increasingly harder to come by.

Many users are reporting that they have managed to listen to local radio stations on their Galaxy S8 and S8+ handsets by simply downloading an FM app like NextRadio from Google Play, and plugging in the supplied AKG headphones to serve as the antenna. The latest Samsung phones are indeed listed in the app's database as compatible, we checked.

This feat was first reported by a T-Mobile sub, but users on Verizon and AT&T are also confirming that they managed to listen to FM radio on their Snapdragon-equipped handsets with a simple app, the link to which we are providing below. You know, in case of hurricane and no Internet, that is, or "I like to listen to FM radio while I'm churning butter," in the immortal words of one of our comment section contributors.

source: XDA-Devs

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Galaxy S8
  • Display 5.8 inches
    2960 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie
    Samsung One UI



23. Zenit

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 29, 2017

"(...) but it's there on the Snapdragon version". Ok, which one is that version? I'm not very into these things, so please can someone tell me? Thanks.

15. zebraman

Posts: 68; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

PA have another article there is a app where you can remap the bixby button. Wow your gonna have to find something new to complain about the S8. Do people still use fm radio on phones anymore anyway.

17. Export

Posts: 98; Member since: Apr 24, 2017

Apparently a lot of Europeans on here LOVE their FM Radio because this isn't the first post I have seen them wish for it so badly, I don't understand it. I think it's more of a they removed a feature that didn't suck so people complain. We don't know what we got until its gone.

18. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"Do people still use fm radio on phones anymore anyway." I used to think the same way a few years ago, 'cause I knew FM radio as merely random music with ads, so, wasn't losing anything by simply listening to my local collection with no ads. However, when I came across a radio station dedicated to informative local and nation wide news (CBC Radio One) I started listening to FM radio a lot more often, especially at work when out in the field, as I didn't always have the time to read through my Twitter news (where I also keep up with local news). Now, I really wish it was available on my Smartphone without using any data.

19. tedkord

Posts: 17529; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yes, we still use FM radio on our phones. NFL games usually aren't licensed for FM stations streaming. I don't know about other pro sports, but I'd bet they're the same.

22. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Here in Chicago, our most popular radio stations have both an AM & FM local station. In most cases the AM stations which is broadcasting in AM Stereo (which is not exactly the same as FM Stereo), will carry games of other sports here like Hockey and Baseball, Basketball and even Soccer. For me its pointless for several reasons. iHeartRadio streams live FM radio. It doesn't support all the local station in each city, but it will support many of the most popular ones. I believe 5 Chicago stations on the FM stream on iHeartRadio. XM if you ahve the service, also support some local stations. I have XM free in my new car, but it doesn't offer any of my local FM stations. But I get local broadcasts from LA and NY (Syndicated Stations) Also, pretty much all the popular radio stations here have live broadcast streams you can listen to by simply going to their webpage and clicking the live broadcast link. Its not as easy as having a radio where you can just change the stations. But I want commercial free listening and streaming radio and actual radio have far to many commercials. I understand the need for regular radio for emergency broadcasts and such. But for music, commercial free listening is worth me paying for on Spotify or similar IMO. Free radio sucks. There are more ads than music.

24. Zenit

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 29, 2017

I respectfully disagree. You put it like if every radio has "more ads than music", and that's not true. You can perfectly find lots of radios with all the inverse amount of each one. And I say this for both things: music and emergency situations. We must never underestimate that big power of this tool.

11. BGChicago

Posts: 229; Member since: Nov 16, 2014

Will they push updated blocking it and stating it was radio modem exploit? It wasn't in the specs, it wasn't in the specs, it was never there? I know sounds like trolling but that move for the Bixby button disserves it..

13. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Well if you cannot remap the bixby button....remap the power button or volume buttons

9. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

What a dick move from Samsung. Again, no radio for the Exynos models?! And why can't they preload their own FM app (that is available on all their midrangers!) which is miles ahead of this crappy Nextradio app? Oh well, it's better than nothing, but why can't the Exynos models have it.

16. zebraman

Posts: 68; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

Hey captain Sony it will take more than a phone having a fm radio for people to sell there phones and buy a Sony phone.

6. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

PA, since you have the exynos S8, can you test if it's locked or not?

7. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

No, it's Snapdragon only. Besides that, you can't get Nextradio outside of the USA.

14. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

I don't get why NextRadio Free Live FM Radio app isn't available outside the USA? Why not let us all benefit?

5. Obádárà

Posts: 218; Member since: Nov 02, 2015



Posts: 444; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

And does it work on the international version as well

10. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

No. Got it confirmed already.

12. Cat97

Posts: 2064; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

As far as I know, it didn't work on the Exynos S7/Edge because that Exynos chipset (8890) did not have an FM radio. It would be interesting to find out if the latest Exynos 8895 from the S8 has it or not. I would tend to belive that it doesn't.

21. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

It says right in the article, SNAPDRAGON VERSION ONLY....did your not read? NOPE! you saw the title and skipped to the comments.

3. Bankz

Posts: 2555; Member since: Apr 08, 2016


2. tedkord

Posts: 17529; Member since: Jun 17, 2009


1. Cat97

Posts: 2064; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

This is actually great news.

8. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Extremely good news. I still regret the foolish decision of removing it from the S4 until the S7. But good to see that Shamesung is not as dumb as it seemed to be.

20. Highside

Posts: 197; Member since: Jan 31, 2017

Everyone that can use their brain demands a removable battery. The fact that so many morons accept a non-removable battery proves how stupid the average consumer is. A solider would not go into battle without the ability to swap a fresh magazine in his weapon, so why would a mobile professional not demand the same utility of their main "weapon"?

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