Samsung the latest smartphone manufacturer to unlock the FM chip

Samsung the latest smartphone manufacturer to unlock the FM chip

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By Wisse Hettinga

Many smartphones are manufactured with hardware capable of receiving free FM radio signals. By unlocking this FM capability, is enabling users to connect directly with the NextRadio app, listen to their favorite local stations, and use less battery and less data than streaming radio apps.

“They are providing their customers a more engaging, immersive radio experience and, as importantly, a means to connect with life-saving information in emergencies,” said Paul Brenner, President of NextRadio powered by TagStation.

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When cellular coverage is congested or unavailable, the FM chip will provide life-saving information from local radio stations. On the heels of widespread natural disasters in Puerto Rico, Houston and the Florida coast, calls have increased for all phone manufacturers to unlock the FM chip in smartphones as a public safety necessity. Samsung joins LG, Motorola and Alcatel in taking this step to both meet consumer demand and to provide a lifeline in emergency situations.


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