Developers want to bring FM radio to BQ phones

Aquaris E5 Ubuntu EditionLa FM radio it was an option available on smartphones until newer smartphones stopped implementing it. Video calling without using apps was another feature that was lost when phones got a little smarter. Be that as it may, today we bring good news to users who like FM radio and phones with the Canonical operating system, since a developer of Ubuntu Touch is working so that BQ phones have FM radio.

Some BQ phones They are ready to use FM radio, but Google does not provide an API for devices that use its 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 is 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, it is possible

Phones from 10 years ago could play FM radio. This has been something that many users have liked, since playing radio does not consume much battery and does not use internet data, so we could listen to it anywhere and totally free. Modern phones put radio aside, and that's the problem: no information on how to do it correctamente with the new operating systems.

A community developer is working on bringing this feature back for Ubuntu phones and is ready to help other developers. It's something the developers have already talked about, but not a priority at the moment, something that is also understandable. The important thing is to do the basics well; all the rest are incentives that can be added to add functions.

Some Ubuntu phones, like the two BQs now on the market, have Mediatek hardware, hardware, in theory, compatible with FM radio. But, in addition to being able to reproduce it, it also they would be able to transmit it, something that we could see in the Nokia N97, the last phone that I had until I passed it to the new generations. Being able to broadcast radio would allow us, for example, to reproduce what we have on our phone in any old car radio.

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  1.   Eudes Javier Contreras Rios said

    Excellent, many young people (and those not so young like me) would appreciate it.