10-06-2012, 01:44 PM #1
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So both the new lumias don't have a FM radio which will allow the users to access the local FM channels.:@ Although the hardware (WCN3660) has support for FM transceiver but for some reason, FM has been switched off.:mad: Can some one answer the two questions that are coming to my mind:
1. Can a firmware upgrade enable the FM receiver functionality?
2. Can a third party app access the hardware chip and allow a user to access FM radio channels?
10-06-2012, 02:28 PM #4
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No idea what this page is, but Windows Phone Message Board - Msg: 28421347
Also says that the chip also has capability for FM transmitter. The lack of FM transmitter is easily my biggest gripe with the phone. Why would Nokia not enable these if the hardware is already there. Would simply suck :/ I'd hope at least 3rd party could use the hardware if Nokia wouldnt do it, but I doubt it.
Ive never used FM radio on my phone, but FM transmitter is just about the best feature in my N8.
Please Nokia, take use of the hardware or give us a VERY good excuse as to why not :D
10-06-2012, 03:48 PM #5
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Although I sincerely hope that I have guessed it wrong :)
- 10-06-2012, 04:23 PM #6
Nokia developers page are for you if you want 100% right specs. It's specification list made by Nokia for developers for each device. SoC might have FM transceiver but it's not on the specification list.
Device Details -- Nokia Lumia 920
I doubt there will be FM radio. FM radio support on smartphone is dying. Nokia has actually kept it going on Symbian phones but masses don't seem to want it.
It is possible that like on N9 either 3rd party or/and Nokia made software for FM radio, but again somehow i doubt this scenario to happen on Windows Phone platform compared to the open MeeGo on N9.
Does any of the other Windows Phone 8 devices have FM radio? if non of them have it then it's quite clear there wont be one on Lumia 920 as they are all more or less identical on the SoC level., same OS.
- 10-06-2012, 04:46 PM #7Windows Phone Central Moderator "Fortune cookie said: 'Outlook not so good'. I said: 'Sure, but Microsoft ships it anyway'." - I may not be Paladinleeds by name, but I still use the hammer.
- 10-06-2012, 05:03 PM #8
Last edited by tissotti; 10-06-2012 at 05:28 PM.
- 10-06-2012, 05:13 PM #11
Most people wouldn't want to wear the wired headphones to use it, plus there are internet radio applications that let you listen to radio stations from around the world.Check out the great deals on Windows Phone Accessories: http://store.wpcentral.com
- 10-06-2012, 05:32 PM #14
Myself just use Nokia Music to listen my ad free custom radios and TuneIn Radio at times straight from Nokia Collection. Unlimited data plan with no data data cap make those services kind of a no-brainer for my use rather than FM radio.
10-06-2012, 06:19 PM #15
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- 10-07-2012, 09:29 AM #17
I'm too lazy to look it up, but I always thought it was one of the requirements in the Windows Phone spec... but maybe that's an assumption since I haven't seen a WP yet that lacks the feature.
- 10-07-2012, 10:52 AM #18
I don't think the OEMs have much they can do add it in the Music hub. Maybe someone will make an custom app, If anyone would it'd be Nokia. They'd make an exclusive app that told you if it was a Leap Year if someone asked.
- 10-07-2012, 11:09 AM #19
- 10-07-2012, 11:50 AM #20--Laura Knotek (formerly known as lak611)
- 10-07-2012, 12:06 PM #22
- 10-07-2012, 08:56 PM #24
I think very few people use that feature.
As far as I'm concerned, NPR is the only thing worth listening to on FM radio and even that can be found just as easily through podcasts.
Although Nokia has long made the FM radio a feature on a lot of their phones, I think it will be pushed aside to make room for other things. Perhaps digital radio or even satellite radio. Either one would be much more welcome I think. But most people listen to their own music, or streaming music and use podcasts. You could probably count the people actually using the FM radio on their Lumia regularly on one hand. I think I've used it twice since I've had my phone. It's more of a novelty now than anything else.