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Months after the FCC badgered Apple to do it, Samsung is finally unlocking the FM radio chip in its next smartphone models.
The company has announced that its upcoming devices will contain unlocked FM radio chips. Samsung phone users will be able to access local FM radio through apps like NextRadio, which connects smartphones to nearby radio stations.
Users were already able to stream radio stations through services like iHeartRadio and Pandora. Connecting to radio directly through the FM chip will use less data and less phone battery.
Most smartphones, including all iPhone models before the 7, are manufactured with hardware capable of receiving FM radio signals, but this hardware is usually deactivated.
Samsung joins LG, Motorola, and Alcatel (a French brand used under license by TCL) in activating their phones’ FM chips. Apple has declin