T-Mobile Embraces FM Radio In Phones
T-Mobile CEO John Legere announced today on Twitter that the company will "push" its phone manufacturers partners to include and enable FM radio features on T-Mobile phones. The move comes two weeks after AT&T announced a similar initiative. Most phones include some FM radio circuitry in the main chipset, but may not include all of the necessary connections to enable the feature. It is considered a relatively cheap and easy feature to include. Most phones with the feature use the cord of connected wired headphones as the FM radio antenna. The makers of the third-party FM radio app NextRadio have been campaigning recently for more phones to include the necessary hardware support. FM radio uses less battery and data than streaming music services, and of course the broadcasts are free to anyone in range.
Asus Brings ZenFone 4 Lineup to U.S.
Asus recently announced plans to bring its ZenFone 4 series of phones to the U.S. unlocked market this year.
Samsung Makes the Galaxy J7 and Galaxy J3 Available Unlocked
Samsung today added the Galaxy J7 and Galaxy J3 to its list of unlocked smartphones. The two inexpensive handsets will be available to purchase directly from Samsung's web site as well as select retailers starting July 28.
LG to Enable FM Radio In All Phones Moving Forward
LG today said it will ensure that all its future smartphones ship with active FM radios. Sometimes LG and/or its carrier partners leave FM radios, included in nearly all phones, inert.
Google Intros 'Zero-Touch' Android Enterprise Deployments
Google today made it easier for businesses to configure and deploy Android handsets to employees with a new tool called zero-touch enrollment. Google says zero-touch lets companies configure purchased devices and ship them directly to employees completely preconfigured with corporate policies and controls all in place.
And the rest of carriers will follow
My old HTC Amaze 4G also has an FM radio chip and I use it without the SIM card in it. It's great to listen to FM simulcast of the Seattle Sounders soccer games when I am in a pub and the TV sound is off (as usual.) Because there is less delay on an FM broadcast than on TV, I usually hear the GOOOL before it happens on the TV. So I can act as some magician for the rest of them to predict the goals a few seconds before they see it. Great fun!
BTW, listing to the simulcast on the KIRO FM app over data connection is useless in this situation because of the compression and buffering, the sound is like 15 secs later than the TV.
Older Phones Had It
I live in a tornado prone area so having an FM receiver that operated independently of the data would be useful for those six to ten weeks of the year when the weather gets interesting.