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By N3croman, Member on 26th September 2012, 10:23 AM
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Anybody else noticed, that none of currently announced Windows Phone 8 devices has FM radio? I'm a bit suspicious about that:
http://www.nokia.com/global/products...pecifications/
http://www.nokia.com/global/products...pecifications/
http://www.htc.com/www/smartphones/htc-wp-8x/#specs
http://www.htc.com/www/smartphones/htc-wp-8s/#specs
http://www.samsung.com/global/ativ/ativ_s.html

It is clearly mentioned on Lumia 900 product page
http://www.nokia.com/global/products...pecifications/

FM radio was even mandatory for all WP7 devices - what's going on?
 
 
26th September 2012, 12:55 PM |#2  
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You might be onto something. This screenshot from the new sdk shows that the radio option is gone from the music+video hub. Really weird.


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26th September 2012, 09:32 PM |#3  
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Read somewhere recently a discussion about how there is fm capability on the current standard chipset for wp8 but that none of the current phones announced have it enabled (for whatever reason).

IMO it comes down to the carriers. Android phones recently also have had fm capability on their chipset and not had them enabled. The likely answer to why is that carriers want money and there is no money in allowing people to use their devices to listen to music that is broadcast freely over the air. Most likely they want everyone to use online capabilities so they can make their money off the large amounts of data people use when streaming.

Never been confirmed, just my suspicion...
27th September 2012, 05:34 PM |#4  
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I didn't even catch that it was missing. While the FM receiver is nice, practically every car, house, and object has it. I would really like if they supported HD radio since it supports digital and a lot more channels. Zune HD had it, Microsoft should have mandated it for every Window Phone.
28th September 2012, 07:34 AM |#5  
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Hummmmm the Op is right....the Nokia 920 has nothing on it's specs about FM radio.

My Radar has it, but to be truthful.....I have only used the FM Radio function 1 time.

Will you truly miss FM radio??

It is really not a deal break for me.

As long as I have wifi, I can hear radio from the web, or my own playlist.

It is however weird to just drop a feature and not give a reason why. I could see it if such a feature chewed up battery life......but I don't think FM radio eats more then MP3 play does it????
28th September 2012, 09:23 AM |#6  
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Originally Posted by Greywolf_Ghost

Will you truly miss FM radio??

I have never used it. There are plenty of apps of you want to listen to radio

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28th September 2012, 06:35 PM |#7  
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Will you truly miss FM radio??

Well i think that downloading third party apps, which may cause harm to the device or consume more battery, since they may use more features, isn't the best way to go...i do not personally own a WP device right now, but i'm used to listen to the radio a lot on my current phone
29th September 2012, 01:58 AM |#8  
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I have never used it. There are plenty of apps of you want to listen to radio

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The problem is the small amount of data that is standard on the two major carriers.
18th October 2012, 07:02 AM |#9  
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That would be poor, if tey would have dropped this feature.

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. 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?
18th October 2012, 07:22 PM |#10  
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That would be poor, if tey would have dropped this feature.

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. 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?



Until I can get my hands on the retail release SDK for WP8, I can't tell for certain what is going to happen. I guess we need to wait and see.
1st November 2012, 03:28 PM |#11  
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Until I can get my hands on the retail release SDK for WP8, I can't tell for certain what is going to happen. I guess we need to wait and see.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-US/libr...v=vs.105).aspx

"Windows Phone 8 does not support the FM radio feature." This makes me very sad I loved the Radio on my Windows Phone 7.
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