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FM Radio support coming to Windows Phone 8 via software update?

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FM Radio support coming to Windows Phone 8 via software update?
In all honesty, we can't remember when we listened to FM radio on a smartphone for the last time. After all, modern handsets have plenty of space for storing music, not to mention that more and more people are now simply using streaming services like Spotify or Pandora. There has to be some demand for the feature, however, as many phone makers still add FM radio functionality to their handsets. 

But what about Windows Phone 8? Why doesn't Microsoft's newest smartphone platform support FM radio even though the smartphones it runs on are equipped with the necessary hardware? Speculation has it that developers didn't have enough time to fully develop the FM radio software, so the feature was omitted. But it will allegedly come back after an upcoming Windows Phone 8 update is released, presumably the Apollo+ software update that we heard about recently. Furthermore, it is said that the Bluetooth stack will be upgraded to 4.0 from its current 3.0 version.

But on the other hand, that is just a rumor without much evidence to support it. Microsoft might have decided to simply drop the feature as it is probably rarely used. Speaking of which, would you miss the FM radio in case it totally disappears from smartphones? Let us know by dropping a comment below!

source: Windows Phone Mania (Translated) via WMPoweruser

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posted on 11 Dec 2012, 05:12 5

1. Thephonegeek (Posts: 118; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)


I certainly do remember when I listened to FM Radio last time.

posted on 11 Dec 2012, 05:14 4

2. eisenbricher (Posts: 970; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


WP8 is getting better day by day. The portico update that just has started seeding brought some minor bug fixes and little enhancements in usability, eliminated the random restart bug. Apollo+ will be, as it seems a 'major' update. I guess FM radio, BT4.0, notification center are on their way.

In addition to this the developers and nokia are adding useful apps everyday. VLC is coming to wp, whatsapp is also coming. WP8 has brought memory extension support, multicore, native code, directx. Social network integration is top notch. OS works flawlessly.

I see WP8 as a successful OS in very near future.

PS: WP haters don't start badmouthing. Go throw tomatoes on MS headquarters in Redmond if you hate that much. And USE YOUR HEADS.

posted on 11 Dec 2012, 20:34 1

19. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


I know.. I really love to see news about WP8.. I am an android fan, won't lie about it, but I really do see a future, a bright one for WP8.. I think in near future, it will be about Android and WP8.. While I love android for what I can do with it, I also like the simplicity of the UI and how smooth it is..

Oh.. can't wait for my 8X to come!
(yes, i know the 920 is better, but got it for free, so can't complain much)

posted on 11 Dec 2012, 05:36 7

3. Shubham412302 (Posts: 298; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


they should even add file manager

posted on 11 Dec 2012, 07:43 2

5. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Wait another 3 years for that to happen™®©

posted on 11 Dec 2012, 08:20 2

7. eisenbricher (Posts: 970; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Oh sure! Why not.

posted on 11 Dec 2012, 07:24 3

4. baghelvijay01 (Posts: 3; Member since: 09 Nov 2012)


FM Radio is still important in the countries where unlimited data plans are not cheap.
Also If any OS/device has to be really smart then it must have proper file manger. Sometime or the other managing ur data in ur own way is needed

posted on 11 Dec 2012, 07:46 1

6. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Wow after all this years WP8 will be getting a Fm radio, not suprizing™®©

posted on 11 Dec 2012, 10:15 1

10. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


not surprising your on here hating with your toxic b.s

so little kid did someone throw a lumia 920 at you , is that why you hate so much? it would explain why your comments are always nonsense and irrelevant hate.

you the reason 12 year old kids shouldn't be allowed on here, if your older well god that makes your tragic lmao

posted on 11 Dec 2012, 10:39 1

11. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Chaoticrazar I was wondering and thinking you will post, aha there you are, take it easy, relax, have a KitKat, Windows police!
That's off topic!

posted on 11 Dec 2012, 10:44 3

12. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


yeah sadly you get away with your crap, you thumb people down for no reason, slate a product you dont want yet always come on the articles to be a troll and just generally ruin the site with your b.s

ohh and you may want to learn to read its not ''Chaoticrazar'' its ''Chaoticrazor''. reflects on your reading skills

mainly though the fact that you add nothing to these articles just pollute them with crap is what's bad and you should be banned, trolls aren't needed on here.

your definitely some kid with your level of maturity, cant be over 15

posted on 11 Dec 2012, 12:00

14. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


We all no the truth hearts, please get your self out of Lalaland™®©

posted on 11 Dec 2012, 12:12 2

16. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


your the only one in your own deluded little world filled with hate, plus your comments hardly make sense

''truth hearts'' think you mean truth hurts and your hate filled comments aren't based on truth its based on and say it with me kid ''hate''

fact is you add nothing to wp8 articles and should be banned from them, you complain when people do what you do to the android articles yet you think its fine for you to do it. your no smarter or better then anyone else on here and not some special case trolling is trolling and thats all you are

i expect a reply that looks like it was written by a 11 yr old kid that diverts from my comment as you cant answer me

posted on 11 Dec 2012, 15:45

17. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Mistake, yes "hurts"
Stop complaining and answer back with hard facts!
You're free to express any dislikes, hates, and what the platform needs to reform in, I advise you to seek wise counselling™®©

posted on 11 Dec 2012, 10:46 2

13. simplyj (Posts: 404; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)


WP7 has FM Radio. They just pulled it out of WP8.

posted on 11 Dec 2012, 09:11 1

8. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1109; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


FM radio? i want FM TRANSMITTER . so i can play my music through my car radio. or home radio atleast

posted on 11 Dec 2012, 17:12 1

18. PotDragon (banned) (Posts: 214; Member since: 22 Jul 2011)


sounds like a plan...play FM RADIO through your car RADIO. Then again, you could always just get a car with Bluetooth connectivity. If you own a home "radio" WITHOUT Bluetooth steaming ALREADY, then you have not had any clue for YEARS NOW.

Not using the 8x I purchased; I set it up and shipped it to my 73 year old Mother. I stripped all the useless icons off the home screen and resized all info to fit on one panel. Clear, uncluttered, simple to use. She had no reboots at all & has already received the update.

My 12 hours with Win 8 was enough to sell me. My next handset is certain to be Win 8. All the children who have opinions about an OS they never tried can go back to trying to "transmit" FM radio to their radio.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 09:53

22. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1109; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


scratch that home radio thing.

i like windows. and i like my n8 where my music is played through the car radio. and no. i dont wanna f**king buy an external way to connect to the car. my friend uses iphone and he uses fm transmitter adaptor for his iphone.. too much hassle, costly, and inconvenient.. plus what a wonderful device not having "all-in-one features for the price"

posted on 11 Dec 2012, 09:14 2

9. gazmatic (Posts: 548; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


the hardware is there but they want everybody in the "cloud".... microsoft isnt the only culprit... lots of companies still dont want to give you internal memory... i can count on my hand the list of devices that have 32gb internal... even less have 64gb...

hopefully with samsung developing a 128gb flash memory there is some hope... but i doubt they will put it in phones... it'll most likely be in a tablet...

is it too much to ask for a complete phone?

great battery, great internal, great connectivity, great screen, great camera, great software and great support = perfect phone

posted on 11 Dec 2012, 12:07

15. bluexperia (Posts: 40; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


fm radio is very important the solution for free entertainment as they are not only airing music but also talks, jokes... it seems important.. why paid if there is free option..

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 00:20

20. pliskin1 (Posts: 59; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


I would love FM on my phone. Even an IR blaster.

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 15:37

21. jguthrid (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Dec 2012)


I listen to FM radio on my Windows Phone 7 device every day. So you're saying this was dropped in the move to WP8? I live/work in downtown Chicago, and data connections are just not reliable across my walking commute. So good ol' FM is the best solution to get my daily NPR fix.

posted on 12 Feb 2013, 12:53

23. padimatt (unregistered)


Great Topic! I currently have the nokia 920, and would LOVE an FM radio. I remember the HTC OneX was suppose to have an FM radio (had it in an older version) but dropped the feature when it came out. I had an old Sony flip phone that had an FM radio...really miss it. I often wonder what the conspiracy is for smartphones not having a radio.

off-topic, I am REALLY disappointed in not having Pandora nor Sirius available on the windows platform.

posted on 12 Feb 2013, 16:15

24. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1109; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


you have nokia music though. pandora is on windows phone i think

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 09:48

25. padimatt (unregistered)


no pandora, not yet. nokia music is pretty good, but not pandora. and don't get me started with "AT&T radio"..it's $5 a month and sucks.

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