AT&T is asking Android phone manufacturers to activate the f.m. chip, starting in 2016. It’s apparently not mandatory, but it is the first real development in the NextRadio initiative in a while.
There are limitations: the request only applies to new Android phones, the ones coming out next year, so what you have in your pocket now may well not get the feature. And obviously, iPhones need not apply.
Still, progress, and if there’s no deep-seated opposition at work – as opposed to the ‘Why bother?’ that probably kept f.m. off most phones – we may yet see an activated f.m. chip become something like a universal standard.