As reported by NextRadio app owner TagStation LLC, Samsung is slated to be the next giant phone manufacturing conglomerate to revive the inactive FM chips in its devices. All “upcoming smartphone models” of Samsung will unlock FM chips, which will enable its user base to listen to local radio stations. Samsung will continue its support for NextRadio by enabling the FM chip in latest smartphone models in the U.S. and Canada.
In general, most smartphones offer FM chips for sale, but they are mostly not enabled in the devices themselves due to many reasons. Contrary to common opinion, FM Radio isn’t only for grooving to music but also comes handy in emergency situations because it has greater resilience and coverage of range as compared to a cellular signal. Moreover, FM stations can provide vital information to the people even in dire situations such as when a storm disrupts the local Internet infrastructure and other such instances.
Samsung should be lauded for taking this important step, They are providing their customers a more engaging, immersive radio experience and, as importantly, a means to connect with life-saving information in emergencies. – Paul Brenner, President of NextRadio supported by TagStation
During the breakout of the Hurricane Harvey, Ajit Pai, the Chairman of Federal Communications Commission issued a public statement imploring the wireless industry to activate these inactive FM chips so that they could serve as lifelines for people in emergency situations. Furthermore, in the wake of natural disasters in Puerto Rico, Houston, and the Florida coast, it is high time that all phone companies enable the dormant FM chips in smartphones as a public safety measure.Till date, LG, Motorola, and Alcatel have also jumped on the bandwagon following Samsung FM chips, as they have announced that they too will begin enabling FM chips in their devices.
One would not find FM chips in older devices, possibly because these devices have already passed the FCC, and therefore activating a new radio would require another FCC certification for them. If Samsung’s FM hardware is engineered like most smartphones, its devices would need a headphone jack and a pair of wired headphones. FM mechanisms in smartphones commonly use the headphone wire as the FM antenna, to the extent that they won’t function without the headphones plugged in. Quite a number of consumers have shifted to Bluetooth headphones, but they won’t work and would remain dysfunctional unless Samsung starts enabling the essential internal FM antenna.
This progressive venture of unlocking the FM Chip by market leaders like Samsung will allow the global users of the company to directly connect with the NextRadio app. Tune in to their favorite local stations and also enjoy optimised battery life and less data usage than streaming radio apps.
By joining hands with NextRadio app, Samsung sets out on its glorious humane mission for better emergency readiness and saving lives across the globe, glorifying the wondrous potential of cellular power through its tagline – “Rethink What a Phone Can Do”.
Via: Ars Technica