Windows 10 Mobile users mourn the Microsoft FM radio app

By: Madeleine Dean
2 minute read

The Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update brought 140 new features and improvements to Microsoft’s Mobile OS, but at the same time discontinued a series of popular apps. Many Windows 10 Mobile users who upgraded to the Anniversary Update version of the OS are now complaining about the fact that the FM radio app is missing.

Microsoft announced it would discontinue the FM radio app back in May, but many users simply missed the news and are now surprised that the app is nowhere to be seen on the Anniversary Update.

Of course, Windows phone users can install third-party radio apps, but this doesn’t allow them to use the speaker while playing the radio. Some users even went as far as to say that the decision to remove the FM radio app actually lowers the commercial attraction of the phone itself.

I was greatly impressed by the Mic’s decision to remove FM radio from standard OS features! What about you? 950XL has great and nice working FM module and removing standard software support for it looks like at least odd decision. All worked nice. […] I believe a lot of customers are getting dissatisfied with this. As for me i used FM not very often but in some circumstances FM is very useful and cannot be substituted with IP. I can understand commercial intention to focus customers on eating IP traffic – but at the same time this decision lowers commercial attraction of the phone itself. The 3-rd party soft is not convenient here – we have clear knowing of it’s quality and applicability. […] Does anybody knows any way how to make Mics to bring this feature back?

Interestingly enough, while many Windows phone users are mourning the FM radio app, Microsoft justified its decision with the “decreased usage of the Microsoft FM Radio app”.

Speaking of the third-party radio apps from the Windows Store, many users are complaining they don’t provide the same high-quality user experience: they are loaded with ads, offer too many features, and are not stable enough.

What’s your take on this situation? Have you found any third-party radio apps you are satisfied with?


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