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LG to enable FM radio on its smartphones sold in the United States and Canada

LG to enable FM radio on its smartphones sold in the United States and Canada

One of the most basic features included on mobile phones, FM Radio is rarely seen in smartphones these days, especially those sold in the United States (perhaps Canada too). For some reason, major handset makers like LG are required to disable the FM chip inside their phones before they are introduced in North America.

Well, that's not the case anymore, as LG announced it has teamed up with TagStation, owner of the NextRadio application, to enable FM chips in all phones launched by the South Korean company.

However, LG's decision to enable FM chips in its smartphones in the US, Canada, and Latin American countries, is subject to agreements with local carriers. Moreover, LG announced that it will preload NextRadio on a number of smartphones, but no names have been provided yet.

In case you're wondering what are the benefits of having your FM chip enabled, you might want to know that the direct connection to the phone's FM chip allows you to use 3 times less battery and 20 times less data than streaming radio apps when listening to NextRadio broadcasts.

Once the FM Radio feature becomes available on LG phones, users will be able to listen and experience live, local radio on their handsets. Last but not least, the partnership between the two companies will also provide access to audio emergency alerts even if cellular coverage become unavailable.



source: LG

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posted on 10 Aug 2017, 21:55 12

1. Klinton (Posts: 791; Member since: 24 Oct 2016)


Great move from LG!!!!

If they make Note-like device I would move to LG the same day,
I don't care the media BS that FM is not used often on smartphones. The features are not valued for how often they are used, but if they could be life-savers. Just like air bags on the cars (or S Pen, Fast charging, Removable batteries, Ultra saving mode ....)

BTW to activate FM doesn't even need extra hardware ... it exist on every phone.

posted on 11 Aug 2017, 09:31

11. schultzter (Posts: 16; Member since: 20 Oct 2015)


My first smartphone had the FM radio activated (Sony Xperia Arc) and I used it every day!!!

I don't see any good reason why the FM radio would be disabled?!

Especially in Canada since our carriers also own the radio stations: so they're just killing their business!!! Good example of the left hand shooting the right foot.

posted on 10 Aug 2017, 23:20 5

2. dimas (Posts: 2525; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Lg is always giving what consumers want but they still can't break samsung's sales. I guess they really need a great engineering design to be on par with samsung. Crossing my fingers that lg v30 will be their answer to the s8+

posted on 10 Aug 2017, 23:22 4

3. speedingcheetah (Posts: 4; Member since: 22 Jul 2017)


Must only be for new phones. I installed that app...it only works over data connection. Did not enable FM chip on my LG V10.

posted on 11 Aug 2017, 01:18 1

4. joeytaylor (Posts: 927; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


Samsung has already done this

posted on 11 Aug 2017, 01:55

5. BuffaloSouce (Posts: 287; Member since: 01 May 2017)


Instead of using FM Radio to get crappy local stations mixed with static, I'd just download something like Iheartradio and get different stations across the country

posted on 11 Aug 2017, 03:07 5

6. andynaija (Posts: 982; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


iHeartRadio, TuneIn etc. uses a data connection. It depends what area you're in, some places you might hear static and other areas are crystal clear.

posted on 11 Aug 2017, 03:57

7. cmdacos (Posts: 651; Member since: 01 Nov 2016)


FM radio still exists?

posted on 11 Aug 2017, 04:58 4

8. sun0066 (Posts: 174; Member since: 12 Feb 2011)


fm radio , i love it , super convenient , when i am traveling and i do not have data connections I am still can enjoy of the radio, it was disabled just to force you to use data, but now most of the data is unlimited, so , they do not care any more.

posted on 11 Aug 2017, 06:06

9. MrShazam (Posts: 292; Member since: 22 Jun 2017)


Really wish the Exynos Note 8 would come with something similar.

posted on 11 Aug 2017, 08:09 2

10. zr2s10 (Posts: 27; Member since: 07 Jul 2017)


"For some reason, major handset makers like LG are required to disable the FM chip inside their phones before they are introduced in North America."
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"...the direct connection to the phone's FM chip allows you to use 3 times less battery and 20 times less data than streaming radio apps..."

There is no requirement to disable the radio chip. Every Windows Phone that I've used allows it to work. The second quote I've got there is the reason. The CARRIERS DON"T WANT YOU TO HAVE IT BECAUSE THEY WANT YOU TO STREAM YOUR MUSIC! Honestly, I'm surprised LG is doing this, since the carriers already don't push their phones. Hopefully, the reception is better than it was on my Lumias. I had very little luck getting a clear signal worth listening to, but it may be dependent on the headphones, which you need to act as the antenna. I just save MP3s to my SD Card anyway, but the option is nice if you want to listen to a live broadcast and not have to eat data like crazy.

posted on 11 Aug 2017, 15:56

12. sip1995 (Posts: 1687; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


BTW i think every smartphone has FM receiver.....even the iPhone.

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