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flo's avatar

What can be done on your cellphone simultaneously?

Asked by flo (7793 points ) August 30th, 2011

For eg. talk to someone on the cellphone and turn on the radio, on the same cellphone, so you can translate what you are hearing on the radio to your friend.

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XOIIO's avatar

I can listen to music, play a game, and have various programs running in the background, although it is an ipod

flo's avatar

Okay @XOIIO can the example in the detail section be done? I was told not possible.

XOIIO's avatar

Well no phones that I know of can play the radio, and real time audio translation is very advanced, and expensive, so no, that ccouldn’t be done.

flo's avatar

Okay. By the way, re. real time audio translation is very advancedby translation I meant me translating it to her as I listen to the news.

XOIIO's avatar

@flo Oh, well you could just have a radio on in the background, but no cell phones have a built in fm reciever

flo's avatar

@XOIIO thank you, for setting me straight. So the question came up as a result of not being around an actual radio. How about am receiver?

XOIIO's avatar

Nothing, its too much to add int a phone, but a portble radio would work.

flo's avatar

I know someone who is looking for an am/fm pocket radio with earphone plugs in the stores with no luck.

XOIIO's avatar

@flo Dollar stores usually are loaded with them

jerv's avatar

@XOIIO mine has a built-in FM receiver! That said, I think the Droid X may be the only smartphone that does.

That said, you are correct that real-time translation is a bitch, and I don’t know of anything for a phone that can do more than a short sentence; a normal conversation would be beyond any mere phone’s ability to translate.

prasad's avatar

Listen to music and text messaging (create / read / send, etc.). There is a facility to ‘hide’ the music player, and then do other things like messaging, playing games, use calculator or calendar, etc.

flo's avatar

@XOIIO Okay thanks but they first looked in dollar stores, none there either.
@prasad but no access to AM radio without the internet?

jerv's avatar

@flo Given that the fidelity (“clearness”) of an AM station depends on the size of the antenna and cellphones have a small antenna that is optimized for a digital signal, it’s actually a good thing. I mean, the FM tuner in my phone requires something plugged into the headphone jack to use as an analog antenna, and FM can get away with a smaller antenna than AM.

Besides, AM is sooooo 1950s! Seriously, most stations are FM, satellite, or internet, and the latter two are digital. Similarly, most TV stations no longer broadcast, so “rabbit ears” are almost useless; cable or satellite. We live in a digital world now.

flo's avatar

@jerv when will all the lead be out?

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