There are many of us who are unaware that Samsung’s latest flagship offering, Galaxy S9, came equipped with chips to access FM radio. There has been no update from the company yet that would enable users to access the feature. However, NextRadio, an app that uses a device’s in-built chip to tune into FM radio station, told Android Police, that Samsung will introduce the FM accessibility feature in the upcoming update.
As of now, the Samsung Galaxy S9 devices that are carrier locked, can use the NextRadio app to tune into FM channels. But the unlocked devices don’t have the option to do this. The update from Samsung is set to arrive on devices with model numbers SM-G960UI and SM-G965UI. It was a mistake on Samsung’s part to not include the feature on the unlocked devices. There is no word from the company if the functionality will be enabled for the Indian users as well.
NextRadio has partnered with Samsung earlier this year to make sure that the future smartphones from the company come with FM tuning abilities. While many smartphones have the necessary hardware needed to access the FM network, most of these are not unlocked from the manufacturer.
NextRadio has partnered with other manufacturers as well to bring back the FM radio functionality in a world that has moved on to streaming services. The FM technology uses much less power, and zero data. FM network coverage is more widespread than the cellular networks. Hence when the cellular networks are out of coverage, there is a big chance that FM might still be available as a media source.