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Old February 10th, 2013, 04:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default LG Nexus 4 - FM radio app (the non-internet streaming type)

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Just got my shiny new LG Nexus 4 - very pretty upgrade from my Samsung Galaxy S. However, I am unable to find a bog-standard, old school FM radio controller (like my Samsung Galaxy had).

I have seen plenty of streaming FM/DAB radio apps which, of course, use bandwidth. I just want a simple FM radio app that will allow me to tune into FM frequencies.

I have read some articles that suggest the LG Nexus4 is not capable of being used as a conventional radio

Anyone got an answer that can help?

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N4 has no FM radio chip.
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The phone needs the hardware to pick up the signals, and I don't think the N4 has it.

I haven't seen an FM receiver in a phone in years.
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The phone needs the hardware to pick up the signals, and I don't think the N4 has it.

I haven't seen an FM receiver in a phone in years.
I believe the S3 and some versions of the Note 2 have FM receiver.
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Just used streaming radio (TuneIn) for the first time on my Nexus 4. Terrible! I live in the middle of a capital city with excellent mobile phone reception (as depicted by the signal bars). The number of times the transmission stopped to buffer was ridiculous!!! What was wrong with including a standard FM tuner in the phone?
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Just used streaming radio (TuneIn) for the first time on my Nexus 4. Terrible! I live in the middle of a capital city with excellent mobile phone reception (as depicted by the signal bars). The number of times the transmission stopped to buffer was ridiculous!!! What was wrong with including a standard FM tuner in the phone?
Most of the time it's because of space.
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Just used streaming radio (TuneIn) for the first time on my Nexus 4. Terrible! I live in the middle of a capital city with excellent mobile phone reception (as depicted by the signal bars). The number of times the transmission stopped to buffer was ridiculous!!! What was wrong with including a standard FM tuner in the phone?
2 things you can try - in setting increase the buffer time to 30 seconds and also choose a lower bit rate stream after selecting the station in options.

That should help reduce those problems.
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Just used streaming radio (TuneIn) for the first time on my Nexus 4. Terrible! I live in the middle of a capital city with excellent mobile phone reception (as depicted by the signal bars). The number of times the transmission stopped to buffer was ridiculous!!! What was wrong with including a standard FM tuner in the phone?
Good question - seems Google people don't believe FM is required in the 21st century. I don't think they've ever put FM radios in their phones.

Part of the reason I bought an HTC Desire instead of the original Nexus was that, although they're essentially the same phone, the Desire had an FM radio.

I then never really used the radio because the reception is so dire. You think a bit of buffering is annoying, try only hearing every third word. This time, I didn't really care that the N4 didn't have an FM radio.
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I find TuneIn radio to be excellent. Also, radio doesn't use "that" much data.

Try it out and check every so often how much data you have used.

Alternatively try this:

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I think Tunein uses 32K bitrate so you can play around with the times and see how little data you may use.
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