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FM radio support arrives for unlocked Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ in the US

Samsung made a commitment earlier this year to activate the FM radio chips on its upcoming smartphones in the United States and Canada. This meant that those who picked up a Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+ would be able to listen to FM Radio through the NextRadio service that Samsung teamed up with for this. While this was true for those who purchased a carrier locked variant, customers who went with the US unlocked models drew the short end of the stick.

FM radio support for unlocked Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+

After it was discovered that NextRadio only listed the carrier models of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ as supported devices, the company clarified that Samsung “mistakenly did not add the NAB FM API to the unlocked devices.” Its team confirmed the issue with Samsung and the company said that it would add support in the first update that it releases for the unlocked model.

As it turns out, US unlocked Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ owners also drew the short end of the stick with firmware updates as well. It hasn’t released a firmware update for the device until now. Samsung has finally released an update for the US unlocked Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. Not only does it bring the latest security patch for the month of June 2018, it also adds NAB FM API to enable FM radio support.

Those who have already received the ARF4 update on the unlocked Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ in the United States will now be able to listen to FM radio through NextRadio. They should have no problems anymore in accessing this feature. Users will need to plug in their headphones for the antenna, though.

This problem had a simple fix but users had to wait for so long just because Samsung didn’t release an update for this variant for almost four months. It’s these unexplained delays that often frustrate the Samsung faithful and sully the user experience on its otherwise great flagship devices.

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terrahelix
terrahelix

Virtually every Samsung phone sold in SE Asia has FM activated, No need for a 3rd party app from the playstore. The problem is US carriers don’t want you listening to something for free when they can charge you for data use and Samsung goes along with this process.

martindale
martindale

FM circuitry is already on most devices. I simply din’t understand the moronic decision to deliberately bork the feature. It is so small minded! Somewhere there is a person who made that decision, and gets paid.

fcaroll
fcaroll

Is it so difficult to enable FM radio on all phones? Come on..

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

Good Lock 2018 now available in the UK – Probably available in more regions officially too

patelamar
patelamar

Any chances to get FM in Galaxy S9 Plus Exynos version ?

vskumar1972
vskumar1972

They won’t give.

warlockba
warlockba

(Sarcasm incomming) And who would need such an ancient feature!? It’s in the same outdated category as removable batteries, IR blasters, common sense, usefulness and logic … who needs those!?

warlockba
warlockba

And btw so people can start ranting – every phone which has WiFi and/or Bluetooth is capable of doing FM Radio, because most combo chips for those technologies also take care of the FM; it is up to the manufacturer to wire the antenna pin to the headphone and enable it in their firmware. However, if Samsung plans to remove the headphone jack, you really can kiss this feature goodbye …