"Samsung should be lauded for taking this important step", said Paul Brenner, President of NextRadio powered by TagStation. Meanwhile, emergency information came via FM radio signals - which, in many cases, the victims couldn't access, because their chips were locked.
Samsung is teaming up with NextRadio to revive FM chips in smartphones this year.
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Users were already able to stream radio stations through services like iHeartRadio and Pandora. The app also works on devices without an active FM chip by streaming local FM stations over the internet, which uses more battery and data.
Unfortunately, NextRadio didn't care to elaborate in a fresh press release announcing its partnership with Samsung exactly when the chaebol plans to enable the dormant component present in every one of its Android handsets.
Following the situation in Puerto Rico, regulators and companies like Tagstation, among others, called on major tech companies to unlock their FM chips.
The FCC previously asked Apple to unlock the radio chip in their smartphones, although Apple revealed that iPhones from the iPhone 7 onward do not actually have the hardware installed.
"Many smartphones in the world are manufactured with hardware capable of receiving free FM radio signals", a NextRadio blog post reads.