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AT&T to soon make FM Radios mandatory for Android phones

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A new report mentions that AT&T is looking to make FM Radios mandatory for Android phones. While most devices don’t come with support for this chip by default, manufacturers will need to add it starting 2016 if they want their devices to sell via AT&T. The reasoning behind this is not known, but it is possible that the carrier is looking at it as a solution to online music streaming, especially if the users are looking to explore new content.

Another possible use as the source mentions is that only radio frequencies are accessible during certain emergencies, so users can get the word on something important even if their cellular networks are down. It is said that the carrier will also look for ways to enable this feature on older devices as well, assuming they have the necessary hardware for it.

Expect all Android phones from AT&T to be packing FM Radios from 2016 onwards. What do you make of this revelation? Sound off below.

Source: Radio World

Via: Engadget