Future Samsung phones will have a feature, which iPhone users can not access!

Jan 13, 2018, 01:51
Future Samsung phones will have a feature, which iPhone users can not access!

Some smartphone users with an affinity for old-school technology may appreciate having access to FM radio, but TagStation president Paul Brenner also said in a press release that having access to FM radio frequencies could benefit people in emergency situations.

Following in LG, Motorola and Alcatel's footsteps, the world's largest mobile device vendor wants to support NextRadio's initiative by unlocking the FM chip in "upcoming smartphone models in the US and Canada". Meanwhile, emergency information came via FM radio signals - which, in many cases, the victims couldn't access, because their chips were locked.

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Once enabled, FM radio will be available to Samsung users in the U.S. and Canada.

There are no hardware changes, as FM receivers are already present in most smartphones - it's just not all smartphone makers activate them. Samsung will continue its support for NextRadio by enabling the FM chip in latest smartphone models in the USA and Canada. Furthermore, in the wake of natural disasters in Puerto Rico, Houston, and the Florida coast, it is high time that all phone companies enable the dormant FM chips in smartphones as a public safety measure.Till date, LG, Motorola, and Alcatel have also jumped on the bandwagon following Samsung FM chips, as they have announced that they too will begin enabling FM chips in their devices. This uses less battery and less data than streaming radio apps.

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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. It is simply a matter of smartphone manufacturers enabling the chip for that functionality.

Many in developing countries rely on FM radio access on smartphones.

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The FCC previously asked Apple to unlock the radio chip in their smartphones, although Apple revealed that iPhones from the iPhone 7 onward do not actually have the hardware installed.

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