Samsung promises to enable FM radio for unlocked Galaxy S9 and S9+ in the US soon

Samsung promises to enable FM radio for unlocked Galaxy S9 and S9+ in the US soon
Samsung announced early this year that it will enable FM Radio chips in its smartphones sold in the United States, and for the most part, it kept its promise. However, if you've bought the unlocked versions of the company's latest flagships, the Galaxy S9 and S9+, then you're out of luck.

Many customers who purchased the unlocked Galaxy S9/S9+ in the US aren't able to access FM Radio on their devices, even though they should have it enabled.

Upon further investigation, it looks like the fault lies with Samsung, as the South Korean company forgot to add a certain API to the unlocked versions of its new flagships. If you're running a carrier-bound Galaxy S9/S9+ though, you shouldn't have any issues using FM Radio, as they're all on the list of devices that support this feature.

The folks over at NextRadio confirmed Samsung is already readying an update to enable FM Radio on both unlocked phones:


Basically, the good news is Samsung is aware of the problem and promises to address it in the next update, but there's no ETA for the upcoming update, so you'll have to wait a bit more to be able to access FM Radio.

source: Piunikaweb

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11 Comments

1. sun0066

Posts: 251; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

It is always something about Samsung ,missing something,doing something wrong

8. sissy246

Posts: 6884; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

They all have some kind of problem. Don't act like it's just Samsung.

2. Xperia14

Posts: 1193; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

What about Europe with the Exynos chipset!!? A €1000 phone that doesn't come with such a basic, useful feature? You've lost a potential costumer!

3. shawman

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

After seeing Anandtech review, one should anyway not purchase Exynos based Galaxy S9/s9+. You are better off going for s8/s8+. FYI I have a galaxy s8 and I am overall happy with the phone.

4. dimas

Posts: 3233; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Yup, that exynos review was a real bummer, I am also going to hold on to my current s8 for a little longer until I can import a cheaper sd model in a few months.

6. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Who TH read the site of the Apple's employee Anand?And about Samsung phones?? OMG:) Dump ppl never learn!

5. dimas

Posts: 3233; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

"as the South Korean company forgot to add a certain API to the unlocked versions of its new flagships" Yeah, they forgot, right....

7. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Buy iPhone!

9. .KRATOS.

Posts: 436; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Why not include this feature in all flagships all around the world, seeing the Huawei P20's have an FM radio that's nice, u don't see that feature in flagships anymore I don't know why

10. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1114; Member since: May 01, 2017

Because more people are using streaming services like XM, Serius, Pandora and Iheartradio. Your basic FM Radio just doesn’t stack up compared to what’s available now

11. youssef44

Posts: 547; Member since: Apr 29, 2014

Why FM Radio only on Snapdragon's phones ??

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