For all the allure of internet radio, customized to our listening whims and learning more and more about our tastes the more we listen, it can be easy to overlook plain old FM radio. While it can’t offer the same kind of interactivity as online radio options, you can listen for days on end without burning through your smartphone’s monthly data allocation. At the least, it’s a nice option to have in addition to the more modern alternative. Nokia was just extolling the virtues of the Lumia 920′s Snapdragon S4 chip over on its blog and mentioned an integrated FM tuner; so, why can’t you use it?
Hopefully, Nokia wouldn’t be so foolish as to call attention to a hardware feature that’s premanently disabled, or lacking the necessary antenna connections to make it functional, so we’ve got our fingers crossed that, for the moment at least, this is a case of the needed software not being in place.
It’s not inconcievable that a future update could breathe life into the 920′s FM radio, though that’s far from a certainty, and we haven’t the foggiest about just how important getting around to adding the support might be for Nokia. Microsoft might also have something to say about the feature, so for now, its fate is up in the air.