Latest Verizon update for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge adds FM radio support

Latest Verizon update for the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge adds FM radio support
FM radio support has been available on handsets since the days of feature phones but has lately been dropped from some high-class smartphone models for no apparent reason. Sure, one could easily argue that, nowadays, most owners of a flagship device most probably have a Spotify, Google Play Music, or Apple Music subscription to cover all of their music-listening needs, but still — FM radio is free and doesn't require you to have a stable, fast Internet connection.

All that said, owners of the Verizon-issued Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge handsets will be happy to know that support for FM radio has been added to the devices via the latest OTA update. After downloading and applying the patch, there will be two prerequisites you'd have to meet before being able to enjoy radio — you need to download the free NextRadio app (linked below), and you need to have a pair of headphones connected to the device, as it will use their cord as an antenna.

A new Barcode Beaming Service will also be added to your phone, making it easier to store your coupons, membership cards, and even event tickets on your phone. It is integrated with Samsung Pay and Beep'n Go, allowing you to quickly fill up your digital barcode library and scan them with ease at the places that support them.

The software update number for Galaxy S7 is MMB29M.G930VVRU2APG5, and for the Galaxy S7 edge, it's MMB29M.G935VVRU2APG5.

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source: Verizon (1, 2) via Android Police

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7 Comments

1. Unordinary unregistered

Such a beautiful phone

6. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

Until it explodes.

2. tedkord

Posts: 17298; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Oh, wow. I hope that comes to the Note 7, too. I used to use that feature a lot years ago, before everyone started disabling it.

4. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Can that be used w/out wifi or data...or is that needed for fm radio

7. Xperia14

Posts: 1207; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

A lot of people still use it. Even the Exynos Note 7 has an FM chip, but they grounded the antenna pin so that it will never work again. Ridiculous. It takes extra work to 'destroy' a working component... I would really, really like to buy a Note 7 with FM radio, but grounding the antenna pin is a deal breaker for me. I can't accept that they are disabling (for me very useful) features on such an expensive phone. All Samsung midrange end low end phones do have FM.

3. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Wonder if the FM radio can be enabled on the international version...

5. Fona13A unregistered

FM on a Note 7? Da bomb right there...

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