User are needing emergency information to keep them safe and also have requested a long time ago for a FM Radio unlocked chip for listening songs.
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. The unlocking will take place only in the U.S. and Canada.
With their FM chips unlocked, Samsung handset owners will be able to listen to free FM radio signals through the free NextRadio app.
Tagstation said that it believes the move could ultimately help you use less battery and data by not relying on streaming services to access FM radio stations.
Following the widespread devastation of Puerto Rico, Florida and Texas due to massive storms, citizens found it very hard to communicate. In Puerto Rico, specifically, victims of the devastating hurricane were unable to place calls or access the Internet from their phones.
Meanwhile, emergency information came via FM radio signals — which, in many cases, the victims couldn't access, because their chips were locked.
Following the situation in Puerto Rico, regulators and companies like Tagstation, among others, called on major tech companies to unlock their FM chips. They argued it could ultimately save lives.
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."
There is a good chance Samsung could start including FM radio on its next flagship smartphone. Maybe in the Galaxy S9/S9+ that are going to be announced in February 25.