When RIM made the new BlackBerry 7.1 SDK and simulators available the first thing I did was scour through the documentation. In the announcement RIM pointed out that there is a new FM Tuner API which totally comes out of left field. I remember Nokia phones way back in the day had FM tuners but this is the first I have seen the feature in a new smartphone. On the other hand RIM has not been specific on if current phones have this FM tuner or if it is only future phones.
The API provides support for the intricacies of FM radio around the world including North America and Japan so it does not look like this is only for emerging markets. Put it on the “Things I was not expecting but will make sure to look into” list for now. Personally I hope RIM makes it also an FM transmitter to transmit tunes wirelessly to your car radio… (I dream!)
On another front a main feature I was looking for in BlackBerry OS 7.1 was an API for Wi-Fi hotspot capability. Sadly I have not seen any mention of it in the API docs but that does not mean it is not included. It just means that developers will probably not have an API to access or modify the functionality.
Check out the API documentation for yourself to see if you spot anything I missed!