A new update was released for Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge that claims to reinstate the missing FM radio feature. The upgrade also includes the May Android Security Patch and a few tweaks which indicated “Device Stability improvements, bug fixes, New and/or enhanced features, further improvements to performance.”
This news definitely came as a surprise to all consumers and tech professionals as during the announcement of the update, its assumed motives was to only fix a bug issue with the volume buttons. Recently most of the smartphone manufacturers have removed the FM radio feature to allow digital streaming to take over rather than depend on traditional stations for music. Luckily, The Samsung Galaxy S7 has a built in dormant FM radio which will now be activated thanks to the new update.
The version number of the update was G930TUVU2APD7 for S7 devices and G935TUVU2APD7 for S7 edge. It is the same software version announced earlier, the update can now be manually installed if not automatic through settings.
The new update unfortunately does not include a pre-installed FM radio. But, users are allowed to download third party FM streaming apps. Of course, the tuning of the radio will also require users to plug in their headphone jack as it serves as an antenna to the mobile. According to androidpolice, NextRadio does a fine a job as a radio app which can be downloaded on Play Store.
We still aren’t sure why Samsung included a dormant FM radio but didn’t activate its feature during the initial release. It also hints that the company could have had a failure of a set goal which we currently aren’t aware of. Discussions regarding the new dormant activation is currently spiking up in reddit, Click here to be a part of it.
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