In general, most smartphones offer FM chips for sale, but they are mostly not enabled in the devices themselves due to many reasons.
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.
This step will enable Samsung users to connect directly with the NextRadio app and listen to their favorite local stations. Aside from Samsung, LG, Motorola, and Alcatel have also made a decision to activate the FM chips in their smartphones.
"Samsung should be lauded for taking this important step", said NextRadio President Paul Brenner in a statement. Apple can not, however, as its newer iPhones do not come equipped with such a chip. If Samsung's FM hardware is engineered like most smartphones, its devices would need a headphone jack and a pair of wired headphones. The company will start mass production of the world's first 512GB embedded Universal Flash Storage (eUFS), implying that the next-gen smartphones will be able to offer double the storage, of what it could previous year. Quite a number of consumers have shifted to Bluetooth headphones, but they won't work and would remain dysfunctional unless Samsung starts enabling the essential internal FM antenna. However, the difference is that not all tech companies activate it, which is where Samsung hopes to step forward by reviving FM radio in their smartphones that will be released for the US and Canada. Adding to the confusion, an extensive list of "supported devices" on NextRadio app's official website includes a whole bunch of unlocked and United States carrier-specific Galaxies.