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  1. GreenCopperz's Avatar
    What would be cool is taking your playbook to a pro sports event and having the FM radio tuner turned on to the local play by play while looking up player stats via bridged internet? C'mon this would be awesome!
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    12-29-11 07:28 PM
  2. TheStanger's Avatar
    Yes, I had an old MP3 Player that could transmit to FM stereo's. Wouldn't it be neat to take the playbook into your car sans wires and have the audio come in on your car audio deck?
    Neat but not all that practical. I have an FM transmitter and the audio quality is adequate to poor at best.
    12-29-11 07:39 PM
  3. GreenCopperz's Avatar
    Neat but not all that practical. I have an FM transmitter and the audio quality is adequate to poor at best.
    The one I had actually went a few cars over, it was just some cheap generic MP3 player, but the FM transmitter rocked on it. I guess it's all dependent on where you live and the amount of FM frequencies on the dial...
    12-29-11 08:51 PM
  4. FF22's Avatar
    The one I had actually went a few cars over, it was just some cheap generic MP3 player, but the FM transmitter rocked on it. I guess it's all dependent on where you live and the amount of FM frequencies on the dial...
    My creative mp3 player did that as does my TomTom gps. I can send it to my radio on an fm band. Both worked fine. The creative actually had an fm radio receiver, too. I recall Creative updated and pulled it or its recording ability out - mayhem erupted and it was restored.
    12-29-11 10:28 PM
  5. Blackberry_boffin's Avatar
    Guess they could go a long way in justifying why they named it; Playbook.
    01-04-12 02:57 PM
  6. ralfyguy's Avatar
    I kinda have my doubts that FM will be in OS2, but that sure would rock big time.
    01-04-12 03:28 PM
  7. blackjack93117's Avatar
    In my understanding and I've looked at this chip before for wireless applicatoins - the FM transmitter is merely another band for the possibility of data transmission , similar to wifi or bluetooth, or 3G, but different characteristics of radio band, range etc. Its just an RF transmitter/receiver -

    If anyone is expecting this to tune and demodulate FM signals for audio I think they will be disappointed. There is another level of hardware required for that which I doubt has been incorporated into the playbook design. Just because the capability of transmitting/receiving on this band is in the chip does not mean it has been incorporated into the hardware design.

    The chip was likely selected only for its WIFI bluetooth and GPS capabilities in a small package - the FM something not leveraged.

    http://www.linuxfordevices.com/c/a/News/TI-WiLink-70/

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    Last edited by blackjack93117; 01-04-12 at 03:53 PM.
    01-04-12 03:45 PM
  8. Mikey_T's Avatar
    So it's been a few months I'm just wondering if there has been any updates or hints as to whether Playbook will ever be able to receive FM radio broadcasts (like the OS7.1 curves).

    Has there been any indication that this may be in the works, or confirmation that it's even possible given the current hardware setup?

    Streaming is great but access to actual FM broadcasts would be a useful feature for me.
    04-19-12 02:21 PM
  9. lnichols's Avatar
    My guess it is so far down the list of priorities. They probably have all there resources working to get BB10 to market. And so far they have only included this feature on low end phones. It will take some time before we see a low end BB10 device.
    04-19-12 04:47 PM
  10. mh1983's Avatar
    Old thread, but I'd love this function on my PB. I have a tuner app for my LG P500 phone that I find highly useful -- able to get CBC nice and clear without having to use any bandwidth or if I'm in an area with a bad signal.

    I tried to sideload a few Android FM radio tuner apps, but they failed (as I figured they might).

    Any other leads? Probably not, but one can always hope.
    08-08-14 12:26 PM
  11. Brian Levy's Avatar
    Yes, would have been nice and do not think it would have required a lot of space to do. I have an old Centon mp3 player thumbdrive with 2 gig that incorporates a fm radio. Of the last 3 cell phones I have had 2 also had fm radio built in. I carry the Centon all the time even when I have my phone and PB just for the radio. I hit a lot of areas where I can not get phone or Internet signals.
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    08-08-14 03:02 PM
  12. tangozulu's Avatar
    Yes, would have been nice and do not think it would have required a lot of space to do. I have an old Centon mp3 player thumbdrive with 2 gig that incorporates a fm radio. Of the last 3 cell phones I have had 2 also had fm radio built in. I carry the Centon all the time even when I have my phone and PB just for the radio. I hit a lot of areas where I can not get phone or Internet signals.

    I love my q and it is my dailey driver. That left me with either using my 9900 or curve 9320 as a back-up phone and MP3 player. Because the curve has a built in FM radio it is always with me, saving the q batteries for communications. Curve is a way better MP3 player than my old ipod due to expandable storage and the radio.
    08-08-14 04:04 PM
  13. CBCListener's Avatar
    I'm really confused with this thread. FM radio reception requires the hardware within the device (much like UMA, as what the Bold 9700 had, but the 9900, etc., do not) to work. So attempting to sideload an Android version would meet with utter failure on any device (like the PlayBook) that doesn't possess an FM radio chip.
    08-12-14 02:28 PM
  14. mh1983's Avatar
    I'm really confused with this thread. FM radio reception requires the hardware within the device (much like UMA, as what the Bold 9700 had, but the 9900, etc., do not) to work. So attempting to sideload an Android version would meet with utter failure on any device (like the PlayBook) that doesn't possess an FM radio chip.
    Correct -- which is why I said I figured they would fail. One app is known to access FM functionality that may be dormant on some Android devices (especially those with custom ROMs).
    08-12-14 02:34 PM
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