Samsung decides to enable FM Radio chips in its smartphones sold in the US


Samsung has just announced a partnership with NextRadio that will see that all its future smartphones will have their FM Radio chips enabled in the United States. LG made a similar move last year for the same reason, so Samsung felt like it needed to even the scales.

According to an official statement, Samsung is the newest smartphone maker that supports NextRadio by unlocking the FM Radio chip in all the upcoming mobile phones in the United States and Canada.

Unfortunately, that probably means the decision doesn't apply retroactively, so many of the smartphones that are now available in the US will not have their FM Radio chips enabled.

In any case, if you'll get any of Samsung's future smartphones that will have their FM Radio chips unlocked, then you will be able to connect directly with the NextRadio app and listen to your favorite local stations.

It will drain less of your battery than streaming radio apps and you won't need cellular coverage to listen to the radio, so that's quite an intelligent move from Samsung.

source: NextRadio

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23 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'm buying a Note 9 day one, so I'll have it then. Only the best line of phones, can be my daily driver. Galaxy S, and Notes.

3. Cambapo

Posts: 23; Member since: Dec 24, 2015

Yurda y tal.

5. ph00ny

Posts: 2031; Member since: May 26, 2011

Dark Note 8 is on their device list http://nextradioapp.com/supported-devices/ Samsung Galaxy Note 8 AT&T Sprint T-Mobile U.S. Cellular Unlocked Verizon Wireless Virgin Mobile edit: tested on my note 8 and it works

7. ph00ny

Posts: 2031; Member since: May 26, 2011

This is what happens when PA bloggers do not go the extra mile and do fact checks

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Right on bro...appreciate the info.

23. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

How do you know if the app is using the FM radio and not the cellular radio? Doesn't this app work on phones that don't have the FM radio enabled?

2. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Why they cant push an update that unlocks said chip for previously sold phones is beyond me...

8. ph00ny

Posts: 2031; Member since: May 26, 2011

Large portion of them are unlocked and supported. PA didn't bother to check the supported device list

14. cmdacos

Posts: 4201; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

They can and did?

4. sun0066

Posts: 270; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

Fm radio has been anabled in most of the Samsung’s Phone since Samsung galaxy s6

6. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Awesome! Here's hoping the Exynos variant too would have this functionality.

9. Subie

Posts: 2361; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

FM radio already works perfectly in my Lumia. Thanks Samsung!... oh wait...

15. cmdacos

Posts: 4201; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

What's a Lumia, lmao

16. Subie

Posts: 2361; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

It's a very rare breed of smartphones, as well as being an endangered species. I feel very fortunate to be one of the lucky few to still own a living version of one of these unique technical creatures. Cheers.

10. torr310

Posts: 1659; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

So you need to have a headphone to use it, otherwise it will use the data for streaming.

11. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Nothing stops you from just plugging in a headphone and still output through the built-in speaker...

13. kevv2288

Posts: 295; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

It's works on t-mobile on s7, s8, note8 since they were released

17. Mr.Pussy

Posts: 348; Member since: Feb 16, 2017

How do you use this radio? App? Not that I am a big fan of rhis but just curious.

18. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I am not really a person to use it either but I downloaded the app and it works fine on my note 8.

19. CableTelcontar

Posts: 94; Member since: Nov 19, 2014

Never thought about it until I read this article. I'm using an international unlocked Note8 (exynos) and I'm just realising that there is a pre-installed radio app that works. Is this to mean SD Note8s traditionally have their radio chips disabled? Or is this a new thing with Samsung? Cos my Note5 didn't have fm radio enabled

21. ph00ny

Posts: 2031; Member since: May 26, 2011

I think they were all enabled but no app to use the radio

20. sctwinslow

Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 06, 2010

I have had this on my Samsung devices since my note 4, this is not new

22. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

I just loaded NextRadio on my AT&T locked Samsung Note 8 phone and it works fine.

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