Do you at all care if a smartphone has support for FM radio? (poll results)
posted by Chris P. / Dec 23, 2015, 4:26 AM
But do we actually care if our phone offers FM radio functionality? If you ask Samsung, which announced that it'll be dropping support for the feature back in 2013 due to a "shift of interest to digital broadcasting", the modern user is no longer really interested in the feature. According to the results of our yesterday survey, however, quite a few of our readers are still very much into FM radio and do care if it's included with their smartphones.
Here's the actual split of the nearly 1,900 votes:
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I do care because I don't have unlimited data plan and despite having 50 gigs of music in memory listening to radio is very refreshing and often just more interesting. Just like that guy above said with cycling example
posted on Dec 23, 2015, 5:00 AM 6
Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 02, 2015
I agree. Listening to various radio stations is refreshing. You get used to your music in your local library, & by listening to radio stations you discover new styles (rising artists). The thing I miss most of having a FM Radio feature built in, is the capability to use it as a FM Transmitter. For me, it's easier than using the USB Lightning Cable (I have an iPhone 6) & AUX cable. For cars/home theatre systems that don't have Bluetooth, AUX & USB this is a bonus feature to have.
posted on Dec 23, 2015, 5:38 AM 4
Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 24, 2013
I couldn't agree more and I have a question. Why is boosook's oppinion so important? Because judging from himself, bets that those who voted that they want the radio "they never realy use it" ?! Well, I use it in daily basis. And you should know that if a disaster occurs where you live and the cellular and data nets are down, authorities will transmit important informations through FM radio and air tv
posted on Dec 23, 2015, 8:20 AM 7
I like the infographic type style of result. Nicely done, PA. On the topic, I haven't used it for 5-6 years and didn't see anyone using it in a few years, mainly due to the shitty channels in my country. I would rather keep my music on the phone or just stream it.
posted on Dec 23, 2015, 5:09 AM 5
Posts: 1088; Member since: Feb 24, 2014
An FM radio is a convenient extra. Except most stations play terrible mainstream music :/
posted on Dec 23, 2015, 5:10 AM 1
Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013
I have listened to the FM radio in my last two cars for approximately 5 hours, and I used to make an 8-hour round trip on weekends to my other house in Texas. Radio is garbage unless I can curate it.
posted on Dec 23, 2015, 8:08 AM 0
Posts: 659; Member since: Jun 05, 2012
I listen to the radio everyday. In my car. If I use my phone to listen to music there are way more interesting things to find. Also, the last time I used my phone for the radio it required headphones to be plugged in because it used the headphone wires as an antenna so that's a little annoying.
posted on Dec 23, 2015, 11:04 AM 0
Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013
Hey I made it into the article.
posted on Dec 23, 2015, 4:53 PM 4
Posts: 401; Member since: Dec 19, 2013
Grats mate! I was wondering if you use digital radio (dab+) or FM on your phone? Are digital stations available? In Australia almost every station, AM or FM, has a digital option now so it'd be convenient for a phone to support it. Especially for news, weather alerts and such.
posted on Dec 23, 2015, 9:27 PM 0
Posts: 54; Member since: Jul 26, 2013
Is a nice extra, if we have it, is better... is good for those who don't have unlimited GB in their data plans.. plus, you're not obliged to download and store playlists in your phone and listen always the same music... there's more variation with fm radio
posted on Dec 23, 2015, 5:26 PM 0
Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015
The omission of fm radio has more to do with hardware than demand by users. As the logic boards in phones are becoming more and more compact in size, there just isn't any space left on the board to fit a fm receiver chip and antenna.
posted on Dec 24, 2015, 12:05 AM 0
Posts: 1195; Member since: Sep 01, 2015
"If you ask Samsung, which announced that it'll be dropping support for the feature back in 2013 due to a shift of interest to digital broadcasting", Read: "we at Samsung don't care about our customers and want to force them to use more data and/or our streaming services, so we take extra effort to disable features that are nromally working".
posted on Dec 24, 2015, 9:28 AM 0
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