Report: Microsoft restoring FM radio support with next Windows Phone 8 update

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Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is preparing a new Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system update that will restore FM radio hardware support, The Verge reports.

Microsoft supported FM radio hardware in previous versions of Windows Phone, but the company dropped the feature with the release of WP8. Sources familiar with the company's plans say that with the next General Distribution Release (GDR2) for Windows Phone 8, Nokia's (NYSE:NOK) Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 will support FM radio, and other compatible handsets will follow suit.

The Verge adds that Nokia is also baking in its own firmware improvements into GDR2. Sources said the handset maker will introduce a new screen activation gesture enabling Lumia device owners to double-tap the screen to wake the phone from standby mode. Other Nokia improvements include a flip-to-silence option and color profile settings for the device screen.

The GDR2 update is expected to roll out over the coming months.

Microsoft released Windows Phone 8 in late 2012 and plans to support the platform through mid-2014. Microsoft Senior Marketing Manager Greg Sullivan recently told PCMag.com that WP8 smartphone owners will be able to update their devices to future versions of the OS, avoiding the fate that befell previous Windows Phone users. Sullivan did not make any formal announcements about Windows Phone 8's future, however, noting that the current version is only a few months old and still in the middle of its product cycle.

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