Holy moley, let’s hope this one is true. According to The Verge, Microsoft is working on an update for Windows Phone 8 that will bring support for FM radio hardware, a feature that the company dropped with the WP8 update, much to the dismay of emerging markets, where users still prefer FM radio to Streaming Music because of bandwidth restrictions. The hardware support will be part of a General Distribution Release (GDR2) for Windows Phone 8, and the Nokia Lumia 920, Lumia 820 and other compatible devices will support FM radio.
But what’s even more exciting, is that Nokia is building in their own firmware improvements into Microsoft’s GDR2 update, that will being new screen activation gestures to the Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820, such as double-tap to wake the device from standby, just like the Nokia N9. This will be part of other improvements, such as flip-to-silence and color profile settings for the display, along with other minor features that were standard on Nokia’s previous phones.
I have to say, I am super excited about the double-tap-to-wake rumor because that feature, though relatively minor on the N9, was by far the easiest and most convenient way to unlock a phone. So much so that after my two week trial of the Nokia N9 last year, I ended up double-tapping my other phones to wake them up, by mistake, heh.
Let’s hope this mythical update comes along soon, eh?
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