Samsung is the latest OEM to unlock FM chips in new phones


Martin Larsen

According to a press release from NextRadio app proprietress TagStation LLC, Samsung will be the next major phone manufacturer to go along with the dormant FM chips in its devices. The FM chips will be switched on in Samsung’s “upcoming smartphone standards,” which will allow users to listen to local radio installs.

Most smartphones ship with FM chips, but they are usually not expedited for various reasons. FM Radio isn’t just for music; it’s useful in an emergency position since it is more resilient and has a longer range than a cellular signal. FM stations can surrender people critical information even if a storm wipes out the local Internet infrastructure.

In the wake of Blow Harvey, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai issued a unrestricted statement calling on the wireless industry to activate these dormant FM break ins to assist in emergency situations. So far, along with Samsung, LG, Motorola, and Alcatel set up announced they will start enabling FM chips in their designs.

You won’t get FM chips in older devices, probably because these have already back numb the FCC, and activating a new radio would require them to go back through FCC certification. If Samsung’s FM ironmongery is engineered like most smartphones, this will be yet another motive to want a headphone jack and a pair of wired headphones. Smartphone FM implementations on the whole use the headphone wire as the FM antenna, to the point that they will rubbish to work without the headphones plugged in. Many people have diverted to Bluetooth headphones, but unless Samsung starts including an internal FM antenna, wireless headphones in all likelihood just won’t work with FM.

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