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March 26, 2013

Update brings FM radio capabilities to Lumia handsets

by Ernest Doku

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Seattle based software developer Microsoft is prepping an update to Windows Phone 8 run handsets, which will offer access to those that have FM radios - which are currently dormant.

These are with mobile phones such as the Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820, which ship with this disabled hardware – that we reported on here.

The update, thought to be called General Distribution Release (GDR2) for Windows Phone 8, will activate that hardware along with providing a new screen gesture.

That will be coming from Nokia, where Lumia 920 and 820 owners will be able to simply double-tap the screen to wake the device.

This is opposed to pressing the power on/standby button to reactive the mobile phone that has entered the standby-mode.

Tech news title The Verge has learned this information, from sources familiar with Microsoft and Nokia's plans.

It also adds that other improvements coming from Nokia are a flip to silence mode, and a Lumia colour profile setting for the devices.

The update is believed to be a minor one, and will be made available over the next coming months.

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