I am still trying to make heads and tails out of this new FM Radio API that showed up in the BlackBerry OS 7.1 Beta SDK. We ruminated about it a bit earlier today but now we have a tad bit more info. Eric pointed out to us in the comments that Mark Sahom, a Development Advisor at RIM, answered a key question about it. He was asked by Streak81 on the official support forums if he: “Can you provide a list of the devices that support the FM tuner? Will current devices support this feature or is it reserved for future devices only?”
Mark responded that:
Current in market devices do not support the FM tuner. It will be supported in future, yet unannounced device releases.
In other words that means that current BlackBerry devices do not have a built in FM tuner that will be enabled by BlackBerry 7.1 OS updates. It also means that there are some new BlackBerry 7.1 devices lurking behind the scenes. I have only heard faint rumors of any new BlackBerry 7 devices so I am really curious to learn what RIM is cooking up…