In a statement announcing the Samsung partnership this week, NextRadio president Paul Brenner said that Samsung's decision to unlock the FM chip will provide "a means to connect with life-saving information in emergencies".
The company was (wrongly) accused of blocking the FM radio chips in iPhone handsets, but was quick to point out the iPhone 7, iPhone 8 don't even have them. FM Radio isn't just for music, it's useful in an emergency situation, since it is more resilient and has a longer range than a cellular signal. By activating the FM chip, users will be able to stay up to date by easily disseminating information over the radio.More news: IRS sets withholding tables as GOP pledges paycheck increase
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Samsung recently announced its collaboration with TagStation to enable FM radio on its Galaxy smartphones through its NextRadio app. But, as of the fall of 2016, less than half of them had been activated. It is simply a matter of smartphone manufacturers enabling the chip for that functionality. 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. Market leaders like Samsung are taking the step of unlocking the FM Chip, which will allow Samsung 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. So people can also download the NextRadio App to check if their phone has unlocked FM chip.