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:


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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59 Comments

1. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Hey no appz and gamezzz guy... Windows Phone offers FM radio

2. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

LOL for this comment I read in another site

6. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Android too supports fm radio... it's not an OS problem...

3. Brodrick30

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 31, 2012

if you go to the att site they have the s4 listed as having a fm radio under the details section.

4. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

15. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Why? You never used it when you had it!

5. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

And then there is streaming from the FM radio web sites. Of course the streaming will kill your data allowance....

32. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Doesn't make sense 'streaming' FM radio contents does it?

35. rcrider4

Posts: 118; Member since: Nov 14, 2011

And that is why I love having unlimited data :P

53. TreeSquirrel

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 15, 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!

7. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

I will not miss fm radio as long as I'm connected to internet.....but still i will miss it..

13. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Say wha...?

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Should've been included.

11. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

Cheap Cheap samsung....

23. easymomo

Posts: 91; Member since: Jul 04, 2012

Yeah Yeah, are overpriced devices better ?

12. Loubielou

Posts: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 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

16. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

I'd be curious to know how frequently you use the radio on your phone... ;)

14. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 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

17. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 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.

18. wendygarett unregistered

Never been a deal breaker for me, anyway well done Samsung, for listening customers and the research data prove that ^__^

24. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 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

19. iluvsmartphonexpdx

Posts: 48; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

Well in case in emergency like war or something, you are able to get connected...

20. district11

Posts: 126; Member since: Apr 17, 2011

I have fm radio on my SGS 1, but i never used it.

21. eliasafram7

Posts: 83; Member since: Mar 18, 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

22. yajia1

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 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.

26. kostas12ldb

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 18, 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!

28. meroramroid6

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

That's the point!!! for those grandsons :) who don't understand the imortance of fm radio.

31. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

You just immortalized (+)the importance of FM radio in one word: "Imortance".

27. aries.phills

Posts: 161; Member since: May 17, 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.

30. ahhxd717

Posts: 332; Member since: Dec 08, 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.

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