Question FM receiver or not ?

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Hello everybody. I'm a newcomer here, and own the Samsung Galaxy A 52 5G (model SM-A526B/DS).
Unlike other Samsung devices I own or have owned, there's no radio app on it so far.

I've found several contradictory information about this on the net : some pages state there's an FM chip on the motherboard of the device, and others state the opposite.

So I'd like to know if someone here has the right answer. I don't want to use my data nor to empty my battery listening to radio apps, whereas former devices allowed me to listen to radio using only my headphones.

I also read somewhere - don't remember where, sorry :( - that rooting the device allowed one to use F-Droid (which I already installed for other purposes) to install a radio app called Spirit. But I first need to know if there's a radio chip on it, or it would have no interest otherwise. Though I intend to root the phone... one of these days...

Thanks in advance for any help.
 
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DVC1985

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Yes, there is.

I own an A526B/DS and it has an FM radio and the Radio app preinstalled. Maybe it's a regional thing? I have the UK model if that makes a difference. But I can 100% confirm that my A52 5G has a working FM radio as seen by the attached screenshot.
 

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Yes, there is.

I own an A526B/DS and it has an FM radio and the Radio app preinstalled. Maybe it's a regional thing? I have the UK model if that makes a difference. But I can 100% confirm that my A52 5G has a working FM radio as seen by the attached screenshot.
Thank you for your answer. As you said, maybe it's a regional thing : I'm in France. I sent Samsung a mail, and am waiting for the answer.
 
I wrote Samsung an inquiry mail, and just received an answer. I paste the translation here :

"
[...] I am following up on your message about the possibility of listening to the radio directly on your smartphone without using an Internet connection. To do this, your mobile must have an FM receiver. This chip, directly integrated into the motherboard of your phone, will allow you to pick up the waves emitted by the radios.

Some smartphones do not have an FM receiver.

Your Samsung Galaxy A52 5G does not have Radio.

The Radio application no longer exists. This is not a malfunction of your phone. When updates are made, some of the old features disappear to make room for new ones, depending on the memory of the device.

If your smartphone does not have an FM receiver, you can always turn to podcast services. Most major radio stations offer this type of offline listening.

- Open your web browser;
- Type in the URL of your favourite FM station;
- Then select the podcast section in the navigation menu.

In addition, the phone can work with third-party online radio applications that require an internet connection.

In the Play Store you will find a multitude of radio applications to choose from.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

I wish you a pleasant day!

Sincerely yours, [...]"

So it seems to be a regional thing indeed. I should have bought and ordered mine in the UK... :)
Maybe Ill be able to use Spirit if I root the device. But I won't ask Samsung about it... ;)

Thanks for the answres anyhow.
 
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JaakLeen

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I bought mine in Belgium and it has the Radio app as wel and it works!

SM-A526B/DS