Up to this point, most smartphone manufacturers in some regions have faced pressure by wireless carriers to disable the FM radio chip that’s typically installed in smartphones.
But that pressure must have been lifted, at least slightly, for Samsung, because the company has just signed a new partnership with NextRadio, which will see future Samsung phones outfitted with working FM radio chips inside. That means future Samsung phone owners will be able to listen in on FM radio broadcasts right from their device.
To get it to work, you will still need an app. NextRadio will offer one through the Play Store for those supported Samsung devices. Once the app is installed, you will also need a pair of wired headphones, as the wire will act as the radio antenna to access those FM radio broadcasts.
Once those bases are covered you will be able to listen to FM radio, whether or not you have a solid network connection — which is a nice bonus. This means you will be able to listen in on local news broadcasts, get the local weather, and more. You will also be able to listen to local music broadcasts, too, which can be a nice option if you don’t have that reliable connection to your network, or have your music downloaded onto your device.
The future Samsung phones with the working FM radio chip, due to this new partnership, will be available in the United States and Canada.
It is likely that the Galaxy S9 will be the first handset from Samsung to support this new initiative, and the working FM radio chip should be present in a range of devices for the foreseeable future.