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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by bigbill25, Dec 14, 2009.

  1. bigbill25

    bigbill25 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    I was looking for some information on the TI processor in the Droid when I came across the information for the WiFi/Bluetooth chip in the Droid, the TI WL1271. Check out it's info here:

    Mobile Wireless LAN - WiLink™ 6.0 Solutions

    It says "provide FM transmit and receive functions to turn the handset into a personal area broadcast device"

    So, why don't we have transmit/receive functions on our phone?

    Another feature the WL1271 has is support for 802.11n. Why don't we have that, too?


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  2. Telexen

    Telexen Well-Known Member

    Wow...maybe they don't have the kernel support for it yet?
  3. tsaunders

    tsaunders Android Enthusiast

    Now that the phone has been rooted, maybe someone can figure out how to enable all of this stuff.
  4. Gunner

    Gunner Android Enthusiast

    That would be nice to be able to broadcast the phone audio straight into my car receiver w/ no wires.
  5. tsaunders

    tsaunders Android Enthusiast

    I didn't even think of that. This way I wouldn't have to buy a bluetooth to fm for my car - :p

    I wonder if they left the parts in tact or took out the FM transmitter.
  6. Legacystar

    Legacystar Android Enthusiast

    Would this meen we could tune into local radio stations?
  7. tsaunders

    tsaunders Android Enthusiast

    I am hoping so. If will be rooting my phone if someone figures this out. Has anyone brought this up on other forums?
  8. messenger13

    messenger13 Android Expert

    Ugh! No thanks! Until I get a BT receiver for my car's aux port, I'll put up with the cable. But FM transmission? That truly IS the worse case scenario. I'll take a cable over that ANY DAY.

    Frankly, I can think of no use for the "FM transmit and receive functions", unless someone can actually think of something that's really cool. But radio? That's what Pandora replaces. ;)
  9. tsaunders

    tsaunders Android Enthusiast

    Some of us still like Radio. There are a few I like to listen too in the morning, sure some have internet broadcasts.

    Also the FM would be nice, one less thing I need to buy - :p
  10. Legacystar

    Legacystar Android Enthusiast

    the station i like is on flycast but it's not working on the droid yet :( so till then FM would be nice.
  11. eclipsed4utoo

    eclipsed4utoo Android Enthusiast

    Using the FM transmission to send the music to my receiver in my car is what I want. Would love to not to have to buy a bluetooth receiver just to do this if the phone's hardware supports it.

    FM transmission works fine, as long as you find a good station. There is a great station in South Carolina that I use for most of my travel around the state.
  12. jeepguy_1980

    jeepguy_1980 Well-Known Member

    When did Pandora start broadcasting local news, sports, and other talk radio?
  13. Gunner

    Gunner Android Enthusiast

    Guess I don't follow. I would love to be able to send audio from phonecalls, navigation, music, etc from the Droid to the stereo of any car that I get into. No wires, no BT equipment, no BT setup required. Just get in and go.
  14. JRSly

    JRSly Member

    Not all of us are lucky enough to have a car with an AUX input, aren't quite passionate enough to shell out for a brand new stereo, but still enjoy having their music in the car...so FM transmission is the best choice. And like Gunner said, if you travel and rent cars, find yourself borrowing a car...it's very convenient.

    But, on the subject at hand...I'm no hardware expert, maybe things like this are discovered often..but what reason could there be for having hardware mysteriously included like this with no attention brought to it by Motorola or Verizon?
  15. tsaunders

    tsaunders Android Enthusiast

    I am going to have to post this over at another forum and see what they say.
  16. bigbill25

    bigbill25 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    I've wondering that myself. Maybe they didn't want to connect the FM antenna, or couldn't get decent reception/transmission within the case. FM signals, operating at much lower frequencies than the cell signal, require a much longer antenna.

    If you check out this PDF diagram, our processor also can support composite and HDMI output:


    Not only could the Droid challenge the iPhone, it could have trumped the Zune HD with 720p HDMI out :)

  17. tsaunders

    tsaunders Android Enthusiast

  18. Gunner

    Gunner Android Enthusiast

    I'm guessing the code isn't worked out in Android to take advantage of it, but I really don't know.

    That and Moto/VZW would rather sell us BT car kits.
  19. Howie

    Howie Android Expert

    They would also rather sell us memory cards for higher prices than other stores sell the same thing, or charge us for navigation services. But, surprisingly they gave both of those with this device. I wonder if that is just a limitation of the kernel (for now), like you said.

    We can hope that one day it will actually come :)
  20. barry99705

    barry99705 Android Expert

  21. guys, he is absolutely right. fm transmission is the best way to ruin your sound. works fine for phone calls is you don't mind it sounding like a cell from 1995, but music ????? no way. there's just no way the signal would be strong enough to sound decent. the very best fm transmitters i've heard for ipod/zune sounded like i turned the bass half way down and yanked the balls off the guitars. bluetooth doesn't even sound as good as running cables. i am a studio engineer, among other things, and i can tell a pretty significant sonic difference. if you like AM radio ... then feel free to get your hopes up.
  22. bigbill25

    bigbill25 Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Yes. I know it will sound like crap, but if you're in a friend's car and you want to play a cool song/run Pandora/run Last.fm/Put the navigation through the speakers/use Google Listen, how are you going to do it?

    Also, the FM receive function would be great for listening to general radio, or in the gym where they have TV's broadcasting audio on FM...

  23. JRSly

    JRSly Member

    Again, it's not always a choice. Of course, no one would choose the lowest quality method if they had all the options in the world, no one is trying to say FM transmission is better than wired, that would be idiotic. I think most people here are familiar with FM transmitters and what they sound like and find it acceptable, and are commenting in this thread because they think it would be nice to have one less piece of equipment in your car to fuss with.

  24. this is all true. i just don't want to sift through 2580 threads about "why does the fm tranmission sound so bad" when/ if this finally comes to fruition. people tend to get irrate when the droid doesn't perform like skynet.
  25. this is just my opinion, but i think it's a shame to buy a rocket ship of a phone and settle for lack luster sound quality because of fm transmitters. i tried this with my old omnia, which sounded horrible anyway, and was absolutely never happy. you can buy a kenwood deck from walmart for $68 that has a front aux input and not have to worry about it anymore .... you'll spend about $100 to buy the deck, harness, and mount (if needed). keep in mind, you sold your soul for 2 years AND paid 200 for the phone .... use the rebate wisely.

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