FM Radio coming to Windows Phone 8 in a few months
posted by Nick T. / Mar 26, 2013, 9:59 AM
The FM radios on today's smartphones are rarely used for a number of reasons. For starters, our handsets now offer plenty of storage and can playback all kinds of media. Besides, there's always Spotify or Pandora for those times when data limitations aren't present. Oh, and of course, some smartphones (ahem, iPhone, ahem) don't support FM radio reception at all due to hardware restrictions.
Phone 8 smartphones. For those who aren't aware of it, the feature was dropped in the OS even though it was present in Windows Phone 7.x. According to a Nokia insider, the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 will get FM radio support with an upcoming GDR2 (General Distribution Release) software update. The functionality will most likely get enabled on other Windows Phone 8 smartphones as well.Yet the good old FM radio will be making a comeback, it seems, at least on some Windows
In addition, Nokia is said to be adding a few tweaks of its own to the aforementioned update. The new software will enable Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 owners to unlock their smartphones with a double tap on the screen. A new color profile and a "flip to mute" gesture might also make an appearance.
This new Windows Phone 8 software update is supposedly scheduled to launch in several months. Whether all WP8 handsets will take full advantage of it, however, remains unclear.
source: The Verge
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About time... If i remember correctly almost every WP8 shipped, regardless of manufacturer, has the FM hardware residing inside. That 'flip to mute ' functionality has been present in Nokia's Symbian phones for a long time. Its very useful indeed. Just turn the phone and it silences alarms, calls, and a few others.
posted on Mar 26, 2013, 10:33 AM 6
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is there any information about FM Transmitter?
posted on Mar 26, 2013, 10:41 AM 2
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never seen those units in any handset after the N-Series
posted on Mar 26, 2013, 11:25 AM 0
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I want the FM transmitter more than FM Radio, my N8 had it, and until now i had to carry that phone when i want to stream music to my car audio system because bluetooth is not available (for a 2013 model high spec/Grade E Honda City goddammit)...
posted on Mar 26, 2013, 11:31 PM 2
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Finally after long years of wait WP8 gets FM radio. How so sad, but then good news!
posted on Mar 26, 2013, 12:27 PM 0
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Yes, long years of waiting. That's how the rest of us feel, waiting for you to grow up ;o)
posted on Mar 26, 2013, 4:30 PM 6
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PA.com, in each article you write for radio you try to convince us that FM radio is dead. Well, it is not. Judging by most comments it is still alive and kicking. If you do not believe me, setup a poll do you listen to: Radio, Player, Online streaming, none with multiple checkmarkas.
posted on Mar 26, 2013, 1:00 PM 7
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I agree. FM Radio isnt dead. Just for local stations alone it isnt dead. I like the talk shows, morning and evening. The Tune In Radio app has gotten better....but it still doesnt get all the local stations. Its funny cuz the app is better than the website. On my PC I have to go to individual stations sites at times to get their station.
posted on Mar 26, 2013, 6:07 PM 1
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windows Phone 8's blue update will surly make the windows smart phones up to par with other smart phones. what Microsoft also needs to do now is to make the modern UI tiles have rounded off corners and look more aero dynamic so Windows screens wont have those ugly tiles. windows 8 on desktops and laptops,. smart phones and tablets need a face lift real bad they need fancy looking art filled tiles instead of the homely looking sharp cornered tiles they have today. Yoo Microsoft it's not the technology of the Modern Ui tiles people hate it's the fact the tiles need to have rounded off corners and art work in them so the modern Ui interface looks good to the human eye. you will sell more Windows modern UI products if you learn what all good artists know and that is People like rounded off objects more than boxy rectangles and squares. Microsoft please get some ART Sense into your technology. I like the Modern UI tiles tech but damn round off the corners of the modern UI tiles and put some damn art work in them! if something looks good People are more likely to buy it. Microsoft will sell more products if they change the design of the modern UI tiles. this is one of the missing ingredient for Windows 8 to sell b better
posted on Mar 27, 2013, 6:14 AM 0
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