the FM radio it was an option available on smartphones until new smartphones stopped implementing it. Video calling without using apps was another feature that was lost when phones became a little smarter. Either way, today we bring good news to users who like FM radio and phones with the Canonical operating system, as an Ubuntu Touch developer is working to make BQ phones feature FM radio.
some BQ phones are ready to use FM radio, but Google does not provide any APIs for devices that use their mobile operating system, Android. This is something that could be available on BQ phones with Ubuntu operating system, something that is difficult, but not impossible. Its difficulty lies in the fact that it is something that has never been done before in the mobile operating system developed by the Canonical team.
BQ with Ubuntu and FM Radio, is possible
The phones of 10 years ago were able to play FM radio. This has been something that many users have liked, as playing radio does not consume much battery and does not use internet data, so we could listen to it anywhere and completely free. Modern telephones have abandoned radio, and this is the problem: there is no information on how to do this correctly with the new operating systems.
A community developer is working on reclaiming this feature for Ubuntu phones and is ready to help other developers. It’s something the developers have already talked about, though it is not a priority by now, something that is also understandable. The important thing is to do the basics right; everything else is incentives that can be added to add functions.
Some Ubuntu phones, such as the two BQs that are now on the market, have Mediatek hardware, hardware that is, in theory, compatible with FM radio. But in addition to being able to reproduce it, too would be able to transmit, Something we could see in the Nokia N97, the last phone I had until I passed on to new generations. Being able to broadcast radio would allow us, for example, to play what we have on our phone on any old car radio.