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Old July 19th, 2011, 09:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Looking for FM Radio for the Droid 3?

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Probably not, but I too wish there were an FM radio, since far less battery needed than streaming.
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Droid 1, and 2 had an FM radio, but it was hacked to work. its posted on XDA. No clue if anyone is attempting to replicate for the droid 3. I just use TuneIn Radio since reception where i live sucks anyway (as well as the radio stations lol).

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=769894
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Anyone try to get the fm radio apk from recent Motorola system dumps and see if it works?

Or is it too early to try something like that until root and sbf's come out?

EDIT....seems like I should read the post above mine...lol
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Already tried the APKs from Motorola. Instant Force Close.
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User "buckmarble" from Droid Forums has found a working APK.

Fm radio tuner app - Droid Forum - Verizon Droid & the Motorola Droid Forum

In case you can't use his download, here's another link.
https://dl-web.dropbox.com/get/APK/FMRadio.apk?w=2cb75f61&dl=1
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User "buckmarble" from Droid Forums has found a working APK.

Fm radio tuner app - Droid Forum - Verizon Droid & the Motorola Droid Forum

In case you can't use his download, here's another link.
https://dl-web.dropbox.com/get/APK/FMRadio.apk?w=2cb75f61&dl=1
Wow, that's cool. Have you or anyone in this thread tried it out? Also, how to install an APK to the phone? TIA.
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Wow, that's cool. Have you or anyone in this thread tried it out? Also, how to install an APK to the phone? TIA.
Yep, works perfectly.
You'll have to push the apk to your phone, either via usb, email, dropbox, bluetooth, then you'll navigate to the file using a file browser and install it.
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is it for actual over the air radio?
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Yep, works perfectly.
You'll have to push the apk to your phone, either via usb, email, dropbox, bluetooth, then you'll navigate to the file using a file browser and install it.
Sweet! Thanks! I transfer files w/ the USB and found it via Files. That was easy. Is there anyway to raise the limit of 20 presets? I did the auto-find and it exhausted all 20 at 98.9. I didn't realize there were that many radio stations in my area.
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is it for actual over the air radio?
Yes indeed! The phone has the software built in (as per my first post), but Moto just didn't supply us with an app. But yes, it's true FM, its not data.

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Sweet! Thanks! I transfer files w/ the USB and found it via Files. That was easy. Is there anyway to raise the limit of 20 presets? I did the auto-find and it exhausted all 20 at 98.9. I didn't realize there were that many radio stations in my area.
I've been wondering the same thing, but currently no dice
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Yes indeed! The phone has the software built in (as per my first post), but Moto just didn't supply us with an app. But yes, it's true FM, its not data.



I've been wondering the same thing, but currently no dice
That was odd how VZW/Moto didn't provide the app even though the hardware supports it (FM radio chip), but thank you again for finding it.

I''ll just have to note the radio stations I have in my car and manually enter them as presets on the phone.

Speaking of car (and I'm going a little off topic), there's a free app available today only on Amazon Appstore called "Car Locator", which does exactly that. I'll test it tomorrow when I go to work (if I remember).
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That was odd how VZW/Moto didn't provide the app even though the hardware supports it (FM radio chip), but thank you again for finding it.

I''ll just have to note the radio stations I have in my car and manually enter them as presets on the phone.

Speaking of car (and I'm going a little off topic), there's a free app available today only on Amazon Appstore called "Car Locator", which does exactly that. I'll test it tomorrow when I go to work (if I remember).
I've used it before, and it's worth the $4 they charge, so if you don't hop on it for FREE, you're crazy... Hahhaa
I've used it before and it works great. Really comes in handy when I go to amusement parks.
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Dang. The one ding I had on the D3 and there really is "an app for that".

Why would Moto not point this out as a feature?

Works fine, BTW.
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Just get Pandora... I wouldn't want to listen to Terrestrial Radio and all of the obnoxious DJs on my Android. Pandora is much better and there is an app for it. Besides, Pandora doesn't cost anything and you only have to pay for Pandora if you want their full service.
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Wow, that's cool. Have you or anyone in this thread tried it out? Also, how to install an APK to the phone? TIA.
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Yep, works perfectly.
You'll have to push the apk to your phone, either via usb, email, dropbox, bluetooth, then you'll navigate to the file using a file browser and install it.
Actually, I simply went to the above thread on my D3 and I clicked the mediafire link that was in that thread and I was able to install the APK directly onto my phone. BAM!!! works perfectly. I don't know why you guys are having to put a PC into the mix.

Yeah, I just clicked the file to download from my phone's stock browser. So easy.
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Actually, I simply went to the above thread on my D3 and I clicked the mediafire link that was in that thread and I was able to install the APK directly onto my phone. BAM!!! works perfectly. I don't know why you guys are having to put a PC into the mix.

Yeah, I just clicked the file to download from my phone's stock browser. So easy.
Oops, I suppose I left out the most obvious option...
I just prefer to do all my web browsing and what not on my PC instead of my phone.
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Oops, I suppose I left out the most obvious option...
I just prefer to do all my web browsing and what not on my PC instead of my phone.
Well, I had to go that way. I'm at work and download sites like that are blocked here at work.
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Just get Pandora... I wouldn't want to listen to Terrestrial Radio and all of the obnoxious DJs on my Android. Pandora is much better and there is an app for it. Besides, Pandora doesn't cost anything and you only have to pay for Pandora if you want their full service.
It's not that simple. For example, I like to listen to sports talk radio, such as ESPN Radio and "The Fan". Thanks to this thread, I can now do that via my phone.

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Actually, I simply went to the above thread on my D3 and I clicked the mediafire link that was in that thread and I was able to install the APK directly onto my phone. BAM!!! works perfectly. I don't know why you guys are having to put a PC into the mix.

Yeah, I just clicked the file to download from my phone's stock browser. So easy.
Yeah, that's true, but, like what imnotmikal said, I prefer to surf via my PC.

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Oops, I suppose I left out the most obvious option...
I just prefer to do all my web browsing and what not on my PC instead of my phone.
Agreed.

About the FM app itself, the only 2 annoying things about it are:
1.) Requirement of headphones attached to it, which it only requires upon start up.
2.) Limit of 20 FM preset radio stations. Auto-scan will fill them up quickly.

In the future, if anyone knows of updates available to this app, please let us know. TIA.
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Those links don't work anymore. Got any new links?
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Try this.

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If that link stops working again, let me know via this thread and I can upload the APK file to my website and share the link.
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In theory, my link should work until I delete it from my Dropbox.
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IAbout the FM app itself, the only 2 annoying things about it are:
1.) Requirement of headphones attached to it, which it only requires upon start up.
2.) Limit of 20 FM preset radio stations. Auto-scan will fill them up quickly.

You don't actually have to have real headphones plugged in. You can use a cable that is 3.5mm on one end and anything else on the other, like one of those old CD-ROM cables to hook into your stereo or a boom box or whatever.

On point #2, it looked to me like I was able to move 91.2, 91.3, 91.4, 91.5... with one of the controls, even if the pre-scans were filled. So, you can tune it to anything, but you are limited to 20 pre-sets. Down East in NC, that's a lot of pre-sets !

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You don't actually have to have real headphones plugged in. You can use a cable that is 3.5mm on one end and anything else on the other, like one of those old CD-ROM cables to hook into your stereo or a boom box or whatever.

On point #2, it looked to me like I was able to move 91.2, 91.3, 91.4, 91.5... with one of the controls, even if the pre-scans were filled. So, you can tune it to anything, but you are limited to 20 pre-sets. Down East in NC, that's a lot of pre-sets !

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About #1, thanks for the tip, that's not a bad workaround solution. It's weird b/c once you plug in headphones (or I guess anything that's got the 3.5mm jack on one end) then you can go through the options and use the phone's speaker.

On #2, I'll check that out. But in the meantime, there are about half a dozen radio stations or so that I could manually fill in for presets 1-6 or something.
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The headphones act as the antenna. With none plugged in, you would need to be really close to the radio station.
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I'm listening to ESPN Radio via my phone's FM Radio app.
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New D3 owner...would someone be so kind as to repost the link?

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I posted the file on my website. It's about 300 KB in size. It should be there indefinitely. Enjoy!

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Thanks for this! My radio works great!
Does anyone know if this same app works for the Droid Pro (my wife's phone).
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Thanks for this! My radio works great!
Does anyone know if this same app works for the Droid Pro (my wife's phone).
Install it and let us know....
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Added a download link to my original post that will be good forever (Or until I delete it from my Dropbox, which I don't plan on doing.)
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Thanks Beowulf! This is great. Your link was the only one on this thread that worked (as of Dec. 31, 2011), and it is VERY much appreciated! Happy New Year alls.
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Angry FMRadio.apk on Motorola RAZR XT910

I was able to download the apk easily, but I cannot tune in to radio stations. There is no sound even though the headphone is attached. When I try it seems to be searching and I keep getting the message "FM radio is loading. please wait" which goes on forever! Please help. I love this phone, but need FM radio!
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I was able to download the apk easily, but I cannot tune in to radio stations. There is no sound even though the headphone is attached. When I try it seems to be searching and I keep getting the message "FM radio is loading. please wait" which goes on forever! Please help. I love this phone, but need FM radio!
I'm not sure what to tell you for that, but if you have a data connection, I recommend downloading the I Heart Radio app. It will let you listen to live radio stations all over the country, through data. Although, I can understand wanting actual over the air radio if you have a data limit or no data connection.
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Thanks. This problem seem to be common, and I found the following which should resolve it. The sad thing is that I still do not understand how to do this. Can someone help me please in plain english? How do I "root"?

Here is the step by step guide on enabling FM Radio on your [COLOR=#0000FF !important][COLOR=#0000FF !important]Motorola[/COLOR][/COLOR] Droid 2:
  • The first step is to root your Motorola Droid 2. You can follow the one click method posted here.
  • Now connect [COLOR=#0000FF !important][COLOR=#0000FF !important]your [COLOR=#0000FF !important]phone[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR] to the computer and make sure you have ADB installed. You can follow these instructions to install ADB if you already don’t have it.
  • Now download Droid 2 FM Radio archive and unzip the package on your desktop.
  • Once you have saved the files, Start > Run > CMD and type following commands:
    • adb push app/FMRadio.apk /system/app
    • adb push app/FMRadioService.apk /system/app
    • adb push bin/fmradioserver /system/bin
    • adb push lib/libFMRadio.so /system/lib
    • adb push lib/libfmradio_jni.so /system/lib
    • adb push lib/libfmradioplayer.so /system/lib
  • Once you have pushed all these files through ADB, remount system to ro.
  • Now connect your headphones to the device and launch FMradio.
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Thanks. This problem seem to be common, and I found the following which should resolve it. The sad thing is that I still do not understand how to do this. Can someone help me please in plain english? How do I "root"?

Here is the step by step guide on enabling FM Radio on your [COLOR=#0000FF !important][COLOR=#0000FF !important]Motorola[/COLOR][/COLOR] Droid 2:
  • The first step is to root your Motorola Droid 2. You can follow the one click method posted here.
  • Now connect [COLOR=#0000FF !important][COLOR=#0000FF !important]your [COLOR=#0000FF !important]phone[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR] to the computer and make sure you have ADB installed. You can follow these instructions to install ADB if you already donít have it.
  • Now download Droid 2 FM Radio archive and unzip the package on your desktop.
  • Once you have saved the files, Start > Run > CMD and type following commands:
    • adb push app/FMRadio.apk /system/app
    • adb push app/FMRadioService.apk /system/app
    • adb push bin/fmradioserver /system/bin
    • adb push lib/libFMRadio.so /system/lib
    • adb push lib/libfmradio_jni.so /system/lib
    • adb push lib/libfmradioplayer.so /system/lib
  • Once you have pushed all these files through ADB, remount system to ro.
  • Now connect your headphones to the device and launch FMradio.
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You don't actually have to have real headphones plugged in. You can use a cable that is 3.5mm on one end and anything else on the other, like one of those old CD-ROM cables to hook into your stereo or a boom box or whatever.

On point #2, it looked to me like I was able to move 91.2, 91.3, 91.4, 91.5... with one of the controls, even if the pre-scans were filled. So, you can tune it to anything, but you are limited to 20 pre-sets. Down East in NC, that's a lot of pre-sets !

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In my case idea of point #1 is not workingin my phone .. so i want a software solution for that .. i am thinking of a app which can make my phone virtually detect a earphone without actually plugging in a real headphone in the phones socket..
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In my case idea of point #1 is not workingin my phone .. so i want a software solution for that .. i am thinking of a app which can make my phone virtually detect a earphone without actually plugging in a real headphone in the phones socket..
It simply will not work without them. The FM radio chip in the phone has no antenna, I assume for space-saving reasons. The headphones are required as your antenna. If you don't want to do that, download I Heart Radio, you can listen to live radio with that, but it uses data.
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It simply will not work without them. The FM radio chip in the phone has no antenna, I assume for space-saving reasons. The headphones are required as your antenna. If you don't want to do that, download I Heart Radio, you can listen to live radio with that, but it uses data.
I thought that if you plugged in headphones, started FM radio, then unplugged them, it continued to play radio? Maybe I'm making this up as I only tried FM radio once, said "hmmpf, cool", and never used it again since I use iHeartRadio.
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I thought that if you plugged in headphones, started FM radio, then unplugged them, it continued to play radio? Maybe I'm making this up as I only tried FM radio once, said "hmmpf, cool", and never used it again since I use iHeartRadio.
Nope, it stops immediately.
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Nope, it stops immediately.
Shucks. I wonder how it uses the head phones as an antenna?
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Shucks. I wonder how it uses the head phones as an antenna?
This is a pretty common solution for hand-held radios (not just phones) for a long time.

Here's a patent: Patent US7373169 - Earphone antenna and portable radio equipment provided with earphone antenna - Google Patents
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