NEXTRADIO parent TAGSTATION LLC has announced that SAMSUNG has agreed to unlock the FM chip embedded in its smartphones in the USA and CANADA. Aside from the nostalgia factor, FM radio broadcasts can be life-saving, especially in emergency situations when information is transmitted via radio waves. It will drain less of your battery than streaming radio apps and you won't need cellular coverage to listen to the radio, so that's quite an intelligent move from Samsung. TagStation, LLC has developed the TagStation® service to provide radio stations with artist and title information and unique interactivity with listeners. We're still hoping smartphone manufacturers like Apple, HTC, Motorola and Xiaomi will ultimately realize they're making a mistake leaving the archaic but useful headphone jack behind, while Samsung is now officially joining an FM radio-reviving movement.
"Many smartphones in the world are manufactured with hardware capable of receiving free FM radio signals", a NextRadio blog post reads.
Many smartphones shipped in the United States come with an FM chip but they're disabled. The company will start mass production of the world's first 512GB embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS), implying that the next-gen smartphones will be able to offer double the storage, of what it could a year ago. But many iPhone users don't have the same luxury, as Apple confirmed to the FCC in September 2017 that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 do not include the FM radio chip.
The company announced Tuesday that its upcoming devices will contain unlocked FM radio chips.