Samsung Galaxy S9 And S9 Plus To Have Active FM Radio Chip

Samsung Galaxy S9 And S9 Plus To Have Active FM Radio Chip

Samsung has just announced a partnership with NextRadio that will see that all its future smartphones will have their FM Radio chips enabled in the United States.

"Samsung should be lauded for taking this important step", said NextRadio President Paul Brenner in a statement. Meanwhile, emergency information came via FM radio signals - which, in many cases, the victims couldn't access, because their chips were locked. A company called Tagstation, which manages the Next Radio app, has announced that Samsung is planning to turn on the FM radio chips in its future smartphone releases.

An FM radio chip is available in most phones, but it's typically. According to NextRadio, Motorola and Alcatel are two others who have taken steps to "meet consumer demand and [provide] a lifeline in emergency situations".

TagStation, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Emmis Communications Corporation. The app also works on devices without an active FM chip by streaming local FM stations over the internet, which uses more battery and data.

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Cupertino in particular came in for criticism for the lack of an FM radio in iPhone models, following a spate of natural disasters in the USA past year.

The companies hope that "when cellular coverage is congested or unavailable, the FM Chip will provide life-saving information from local radio stations", echoing concerns that FCC Chairman Pai voiced earlier in 2017. 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 previous year.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai past year asked Apple to activate the FM radio chips installed in their phones in the interest of public safety.

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