T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge update brings FM radio, May security patch

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge update brings FM radio, May security patch
T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge have recently received a software update that activates the FM radio and applies the May Android security patch.

Although most smartphones on the market come with FM radios, most manufacturers opt to disable this functionality in their phones, favoring digital streaming instead of traditional radio stations. The Samsung Galaxy S7, like all Snapdragon 820-based devices, comes with a dormant FM radio. However, thanks to a recent update, those with a T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 edge can now tune in to local radio stations from their handsets.

The update that activates the FM radio on T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S7 units landed on May 3rd. The changelog mentions that the update enhances voice services, updates Samsung Pay, and brings "various system improvements". As it turns out, one of these improvements is the activation of the FM radio.

Now, since the update does not introduce a dedicated FM streaming app, users will have to download a third-party one. Note that, before tuning to your favorite radio station, you'll need to plug in a pair of headphones, which will act as the physical antenna.

At this point, it should be noted that the Sprint Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge versions came with an active FM radio receiver from day one. T-Mobile is actively encouraging device makers to activate dormant FM chips, and this despite the fact that the Magenta carrier is the only carrier in the US to allow free music streaming through its Music Freedom program.

What do you guys think of this recent update for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge?

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34 Comments

1. Saioofi

Posts: 347; Member since: May 23, 2014

Not hating but who uses fm radio on smartphones anymore?

3. Saioofi

Posts: 347; Member since: May 23, 2014

I had this on my old Lumia 920 and I just thought it was cool, but I didn't actually use it

4. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

I dont use it personally myself but its always better to have it than not.

10. dimas

Posts: 3418; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

People who get tired of their repeating playlist, always need an update on latest news without turning their tvs on, emergency disaster reports to be prepared. Fm radio is still useful when there's no wifi around. Too bad my exynos version don't have fm.

31. XDAdam

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 03, 2016

Which exynos? Because the S6 does have it. Sprint's version is already activated. The other carriers had the FM chip locked out via software.

15. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

No FM is a deal-breaker for me. I use it a lot when travelling. It's so much better than streaming because 1) it's much faster to switch between stations, 2) it doesn't use data and most important 3) it doesn't drain your battery! Also keep in mind that every phone has an FM receiver and that it takes extra effort for the manufacturer to disable it! That's ridiculous, why not let the user decide wheter to keep it or uninstall the app?! And some countries have more and better stations than others.

20. palmguy

Posts: 986; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

I would use if the carriers allowed it on my phone. I am always out and about not around radio and having the choice of listening to radio without streaming a radio station app would save on me paying Verizon data overages.

29. XDAdam

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 03, 2016

If you go running and dont want to take your $700 phone with you, you can use an older phone (with the FM chip enabled) and the earbuds to listen to local radio as you run. I do it with my old HTC M7.

2. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Wait, so all Samsung phones had FM radio to begin with. What kind of bonehead took the decision to disable them then? I'm not the biggest fan of FM radio but disabling them is completely nuts.

5. kevv2288

Posts: 309; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

The carrier's did. There is an app called next radio that finds your local fm stations to play. It uses almost no data. Sprint phones have had fm chips enabled for a few years now. My s6 had it out of the box. I just switched to tmobile recently and my s7 edge would not work with the app it would ssy your carrier is not supported, until this recent update.

14. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Kev's dead on. Last I heard, Verizon owners can't take advantage of the Next Radio app. Thanks, Big Red. FYI, FM radios in phones was "de rigeur" in Europe, thanks to Nokia, I'm guessing. American carriers preferred that we used data to listen to music.

19. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

No, the manufacturers like Samsung and Apple did it. Most probably because of carrier demand, but they did it themselves. Both LG and Sony phones sold in the US have FM radio. And here in Europe we have had FM radio on almost all phones, so I'm assuming that the carriers don't mind, but Samsung's overhere don't have it as well. It's even worse than in the US; the exynos version has the FM reciever disabled at hardware level so it will never work.

23. raju516

Posts: 19; Member since: May 05, 2016

which version of s6 had FM radio. Is it global version?

16. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Every phone has an FM-receiver, even iPhones have them.

21. ph00ny

Posts: 2068; Member since: May 26, 2011

please provide evidence of this. I would be very interested since i don't remember seeing anything even in jailbroken iphones

26. chocowii

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

6. kevv2288

Posts: 309; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

The changelog you have listed phonearena is from the April update. The update from may 4th is as followed. Improvements Power and Volume key fix Various system improvements Source:

8. kevv2288

Posts: 309; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

I got this from tmobile support page for s7 edge where it lists all the previous updates

7. athos07m

Posts: 137; Member since: Apr 22, 2012

I use the FM radio, and I always get mad at commenters who ridicule this function. They are the reason manufacturers get away with stripping the flagships from this fee music option, forcing buyers to eat up their data plan with online stream. This may not be a big deal with 5GB or 10GB monthly data, but I have a perfect voice plan with a measly 500MB data included, I can easily double the monthly fee if I choose to use my phone as intended. If there was a way for us, FM users, to get back at this greedy practice, I certainly would. If only an FM radio app existed in the Play store that activated every hidden radio on the flagship phones - I'm sure it would be downloaded by the 10-100 millions. By now LG is the last remaining OEM with a FM-sporting flagship. This is how shameless all the others became (HTC and Sony are the last ones who killed the FM radios in their recent flagships, I hope they either activate it, or go fully bankrupt).

9. kevv2288

Posts: 309; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

Next radio is in the playstore. Works on samsung if you have sprint and now t-mobile

12. TerryTerius unregistered

For T-Mobile, with music freedom there are a LOT of apps you can use to stream as much music as you want and your data won't be impacted in the slightest. Kind of sucks for people on other carriers though. So for them, I get your point. I'll take streaming over FM radio any day, since I don't have the ability to control what I want to hear.

11. Cambapo

Posts: 24; Member since: Dec 24, 2015

I just recieved the update yesterday at night, but NextRadio says it isn't available on my country :'(

13. sam3k

Posts: 130; Member since: May 02, 2013

Y'all can say what you wanna say, but when you live in the tropics like I do, FM radio is very useful, expecially after a hurricane and the power grid is down..

17. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

YES! Please bring it back on the Note 6 Samsung!!

18. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

What is worng with Samsung mobile team first they remove sd card slot then bring it back then remove the FM radio transmitter on the s6 now bring it back on s7, I won't be surprised if they brought back the IR blaster on the s8. Seriously Samsung we only requested for a premium device which you gave us not to take things out then bring them back again, s8 wish list leave the sd card slot leave the water proofing bring back the IR blaster and for dual sim phones make dedicated sim slot and dedicated sd card slot, add front facing speakers while you are at it. Booyah

25. dimas

Posts: 3418; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Blaim the s**tty few in marketing team. Engineers can create all the technology people need but marketing has the final say on what they will sell.

28. TerryTerius unregistered

I am pretty damn sure that isn't how their corporate structure works. Marketing wouldn't have any say in the design of the phone. http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2015-04/10/samsung-galaxy-s6-and-s6-edge-design-chief

22. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

Does anyone know of any good FM Tuner apps?

27. talon95

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

I tried it last night. Works well. Hardly need it on T-mobile but... when you're out farming miles from 4G and the tractor radio is always old and broken this is a life saver. Works all day with minimal battery drain.

30. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

YES! This is great news. I loved this feature on my Z3 and always wondered why the heck don't other manufacturers leave this feature in. Updating right now to get it. I won't use it that much but I will be able to do so the times I want to regardless of where I am and if I have a signal or not.

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