Tech News Desk – A few years ago, smartphones used to have built-in FM radios. However, this trend has died out in recent years and shipments of new phones with FM radios have decreased significantly. Nowadays this feature is seen only in phones and some low end devices. Now, the Indian government has issued a directive to smartphone manufacturers in the country to ensure that the FM radio feature is enabled and available.
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The government has asked the Indian Cellular and Electronics Association (ICEA) and Manufacturers Association for Information Technology (MAIT) to ensure that FM radio is available on all mobile phones to help people during natural calamities. The IT Ministry has said in an advisory that it should be ensured that wherever the mobile phone is equipped with an inbuilt FM radio receiver function or feature, the feature is not disabled or deactivated, but is kept enabled/active in the mobile phone.
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This step will help people to get information through radio service in far flung areas during natural calamities. The IT Ministry said that there has been a drastic decline in mobile phones with FM tuner facility during the last 4-5 years, affecting not only the poor’s ability to get free FM radio service, but also the government’s efforts during emergencies and disasters. Efforts have also been affected. The ability to spread has also been affected. Even though most smartphone chipsets support FM radio, it is disabled by the OEM. Cupertino-based tech giant Apple does not provide FM radio on its iPhones.
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FM broadcasting is a robust and reliable communication system, the ministry said. FM stations act as an important communication link between the local authorities and the people at the time of natural calamities. According to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), in times of emergency and disaster, radio broadcasting is one of the most powerful and effective methods of early warning and alerting people to save lives.
In addition, there is a need for quick, timely and reliable communication through FM-enabled mobile phones (in addition to regular standalone radio sets and car receivers) during disasters, as this can save precious lives, livelihoods and prevent disasters. can be stopped. We can also be better prepared to deal with it. In its advisory, the ministry said, “The availability of a vast network of FM transmitters and FM radios in the country played a vital role in India’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.”