Nokia Lumia 920 to get double-tap-to-wake and FM Radio functionality with upcoming WP8 update

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.

Nokia Lumia 920 India

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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  • http://www.facebook.com/gxsaurav Saurav Srivastava

    Awesome. Glad to hear these.
    If Microsoft is able to give equal features to where Symbian/MeeGo/Windows Mobile was, even that will be enough to compete with Android/iOS on a feature basis.

  • vj

    time & date in sleep mode nokia…

  • Abhijeet Mishra

    So nice to see all these things being brought over by Nokia, even though I’m an Android fan. Maybe one day they’ll bring truer multitasking (at least on Android levels), though I’m sure that will never happen. But still, great to see Nokia adding their trademark features to the OS, makes WP more of an option for me than it is now!

    Go Nokia, don’t listen to the haters, do what you can!

  • vj

    only for 920/820?? bcos i’m planning 720. pls confirm

    • Alvin Wong

      What new features the update will contain and which devices the features will be deployed on remains a rumour at this point.