Samsung promises to enable FM radio for unlocked Galaxy S9 and S9+ in the US soon

Samsung announced early this year that it will enable FM Radio chips in its smartphones sold in the United States, and for the most part, it kept its promise. However, if you’ve bought the unlocked versions of the company’s latest flagships, the Galaxy S9 and S9+, then you’re out of luck.

Many customers who purchased the unlocked Galaxy S9/S9+ in the US aren’t able to access FM Radio on their devices, even though they should have it enabled.

Upon further investigation, it looks like the fault lies with Samsung, as the South Korean company forgot to add a certain API to the unlocked …


Samsung decides to enable FM Radio chips in its smartphones sold in the US

Samsung has just announced a partnership with NextRadio that will see that all its future smartphones will have their FM Radio chips enabled in the United States. LG made a similar move last year for the same reason, so Samsung felt like it needed to even the scales.

According to an official statement, Samsung is the newest smartphone maker that supports NextRadio by unlocking the FM Radio chip in all the upcoming mobile phones in the United States and Canada.

Unfortunately, that probably means the decision doesn’t apply retroactively, so many of the smartphones …

FCC wants Apple to activate FM chips inside the iPhone after disaster strikes

FCC chairman Ajit Pai called on Apple today to turn on FM radio chips found inside older iPhone models. The head of the top communications regulatory agency in the states, Pai says that activating the chips could allow Americans to gain access to life-saving information when a hurricane or earthquake wipes out wireless networks. According to Pai, Apple is the only major smartphone manufacturer who has yet to activate these chips.

However, in a statement, Apple said that the 2016  models (Apple iPhone 7 and Apple iPhone 7 Plus) and the 2017 variants (Apple iPhone 8, Apple iPhone 8 Plus …

LG to enable FM radio on its smartphones sold in the United States and Canada

One of the most basic features included on mobile phones, FM Radio is rarely seen in smartphones these days, especially those sold in the United States (perhaps Canada too). For some reason, major handset makers like LG are required to disable the FM chip inside their phones before they are introduced in North America.

Well, that’s not the case anymore, as LG announced it has teamed up with TagStation, owner of the NextRadio application, to enable FM chips in all phones launched by the South Korean company.

However, LG’s decision to enable FM chips in its …