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Samsung smartphones will have their FM chip enabled in the US and Canada, in partnership with NextRadio

Some things baffle me about the US. The blind love of SMS is one, and the fact that the FM chip in smartphones isn't activated on many devices in the country for some reason (read: operator greed) is another. But things have been moving in the right direction: LG announced a partnership with NextRadio to unlock the FM chip in its smartphones a few months ago and now the same is happening with Samsung.

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LG will enable FM radio on more devices, in partnership with NextRadio

There are quite a few Android phones that support FM radio, at least on a hardware level. But the feature is rare on devices in the United States, and even more rare on carrier-sold phones (carriers would much rather you use more data). Most of LG's recent devices have shipped with the feature (at least in some regions), including the G5 and G6, but it will expand to more devices soon.

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Verizon issues Galaxy S7 and S7 edge update, adds FM radio support and other fixes

Verizon has released an update for both the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge that adds some features and bug fixes. FM radio support, which was added to other carrier models several months ago, is now available on Verizon S7 and S7 edges. In addition, Samsung now includes a built-in barcode scanning app called Barcode Beaming Service.

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