Upcoming WP8 Features May Include FM Radio Support

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Back in December, we talked to you a little bit about the dormant FM radio hardware that resided in the chipsets of some Nokia Lumias. In fact, it was Nokia itself that pointed this out, which seemed a little odd to do when Windows Phone 8 didn’t offer any kind of FM radio hardware support. Did Nokia know something we didn’t? That’s what we’re wondering now, after hearing rumors about the WP8 GDR2 release, which will supposedly enable the FM radio on models like the Lumia 820 and Lumia 920.

Beyond those two, any other WP8 models with the necessary hardware will see the feature enabled, and once support is officially available, FM radios should be popping up with more frequency on forthcoming Windows Phone 8 models.

Beyond that broader change to the platform, GDR2 could usher-in some Nokia-specific tweaks, like a new way to wake phones from standby without hitting the power button – simply by double-tapping the screens. That sounds almost BB10-like, and should again be coming to the 820 and 920. Other new features we could be seeing also include the flip-to-silence mode and the additional display settings, both of which we’ve talked about before.

Source: The Verge

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